Reminder: I am Psyched! National Tour here until Feb. 22

Don’t forget to check out the “I am Psyched” exhibit on the fourth floor of the David A. Cofrin Library before it is gone! The last day of the tour is Friday, Feb. 22, 2020. This program is co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, MultiEthnic Student Affairs, Diversity Task Force and Feminists for Action. For more information, please contact Christine Smith at smithc@uwgb.edu.

I am Psyched! National Tour at UW-Green Bay, Feb. 10-20

From Feb. 10 to 22, 2020, I am Psyched! will explore the history and contemporary contributions of women in color in psychology as they engage in psychological science, practice and social justice. In addition to the events, there will be an exhibit, created by the American Psychological Association’s Women’s Programs Office, highlighting achievements of women of color in psychology.

The events include:

  • Opening reception, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. Cofrin Library, fourth floor. This reception will launch the exhibit and will include guest speakers, a photo booth, food and information on notable women of color in psychology.
  • Speaker Sheng Lee, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m. Cofrin Library, fourth floor. Sheng Lee will speak about the local need for access to multicultural therapy. She runs Us 2 Behavioral Health Care in Appleton, which addresses current disparities in mental health services for minorities, and teaches the Masters of Social Work Program at UW-Green Bay.
  • Photo Booth…This is what a psychologist looks like!, Feb. 17 to 22, University Union. Stop by the table at the University Union and envision yourself as a future psychologist!
  • I Am Psyched Talks, Monday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m. Cofrin Library, Fourth Floor. These are four short minute talks by students on four amazing women of color in psychology.

This program is co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, MultiEthnic Student Affairs, Diversity Task Force and Feminists for Action. For more information, please contact Christine Smith at smithc@uwgb.edu.

UW-Green Bay sponsors Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

As it has for years, UW-Green Bay is set to play a fundamental role in Saturday’s (Jan. 18, 2020) Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). See photos from last year. The University is a major sponsor for this highly-regarded annual event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at NWTC’s Student Center. Interim Chancellor Cheryl Van Gruensven will present prizes for grades K-3 in the annual MLK poster, poetry and essay contest. A keynote speaker (Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.), local DJ, t-shirts, cereal drive, photo booth and community service projects will make the 25th annual Brown County MLK Celebration one to remember! A delicious luncheon is served at the program’s end. The event is free and open to the public.

More details are available at: http://browncomlk.org/index.html. Several UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members serve on the MLK event planning committee, including Associate Profs. Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work), Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration) and Associate Prof. Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration) and Diversity Director Mai Lo Lee (Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs). For more information, please contact Prof. Sallmann (sallmanj@uwgb.edu).

Kwanzaa Celebration

Photos: Kwanzaa Celebration, Dec. 7, 2019

UW-Green Bay’s Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) Office, Office of Student Life and the Black Student Union (BSU) welcomed the community for a celebration of Kujichagulia (self-determination) at UW–Green Bay’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Delivering the keynote address was Robyn Davis, president and CEO of Brown County United Way.

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African and African-American culture and identity, based on the seven principles of African heritage. This year, we celebrate the principle of Kujichagulia, the principle of self-determination and the right of persons to speak for themselves and decide their own destiny. All are welcome to attend regardless of background, faith or culture, as we celebrate the commonalities and values that bring us together rather than the differences that drive us apart.

In addition to a dinner menu celebrating African and African-American heritage and cuisine, the Kwanzaa celebration featured a performance by the Appleton North Step Team.

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Kwanzaa Celebration 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Rebecca Meacham recieves check from Green Bay Packers Founcation for UntiledTown

UntitledTown receives grant from Green Bay Packers

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, the Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded a record $1 million to 192 civic and charitable groups across Wisconsin as part of its annual distribution of grants. UntitledTown, an annual book and author festival in Green Bay, was awarded one of the grants, which was accepted by UW-Green Bay Prof. and co-president of UntitledTown Rebecca Meacham (English and Humanities). Prof. Cristina Ortiz (Humanities) and Diversity Director, Mai J Lo Lee, also serve on the board.

Although not officially a University event, UW-Green Bay faculty, students and alumni devote a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy to the annual Book and Author Festival.

Will the help of the Packers’ grant, the Festival will seek to expand community in April 2020 with two undervoiced populations of Northeast Wisconsin. First, to address the stories of victims of domestic violence and to showcase the stories of Latinx people of the Great Lakes.

The festival, now in its fourth year, has realized the power of community storytelling through the 4,000 to 6,000 attended each year who participate in the 100-plus free readings and writing workshops by both legendary talents and local writers. The “dream outcome,” according to Meacham, is a “whole slew of new and meaningful stories being published and hitting the libraries of our areas so others could be inspired, find hope and connect with communities.” For the announcement of headliners and a full line-up of events, see 2020.untitledtown.org.

Ten of its 2020 Festival headliners will be revealed on Dec. 18, 2019 at Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, 401 N. Washington St., Ste 107, Green Bay.

The announcement is expected to include bestselling novelists, award-winning slam poets, a beloved children’s series author, an NPR science podcaster—and the Festival’s youngest-ever headliner, a middle-schooler who has achieved viral and international fame.

The next UntitledTown event is taking place from April 23-26, 2020 in Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay to host Kwanzaa 2019: A celebration of self-determination

GREEN BAY, WIS. – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Office of Student Life and the Black Student Union (BSU) welcomes the community to join together for a celebration of Kujichagulia (self-determination) at UW–Green Bay’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration! This year’s event will be held in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union on the Green Bay Campus, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with free food and entertainment for all.

Delivering the keynote address this year is Robyn Davis, president and CEO of Brown County United Way, Green Bay, a community impact organization that unites people, ideas, and resources to create community solutions that strengthen every person and every community in Brown County.

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African and African-American culture and identity, based on the seven principles of African heritage. This year, we celebrate the principle of Kujichagulia, the principle of self-determination and the right of persons to speak for themselves and decide their own destiny. All are welcome to attend regardless of background, faith or culture, as we celebrate the commonalities and values that bring us together rather than the differences that drive us apart.

In addition to a dinner menu celebrating African and African-American heritage and cuisine, the Kwanzaa celebration will also feature a unique performance by the Appleton North Step Team. Local vendors and non-profit organizations will also be on hand with additional resources and information for attendees to view.

For more information about the Kwanzaa event or for media inquiries, please contact Bao Sengkhammee, multicultural advisor in the MESA office, at 920-465-2022 or at sengkhab@uwgb.edu. For more on MESA or the BSU, visit https://www.uwgb.edu/mesa/.

ABOUT MESA: The Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) office provides advising, services and activities that promote the academic success, personal growth and development of multiethnic students. MESA also conducts educational programs that enhance learning, promote respect and appreciation for racial and ethnic diversity. MESA supports the academic mission of UW-Green Bay and contributes to the development of a campus community dedicated to diversity of thought and experience. More information is available at https://www.uwgb.edu/mesa/.

ABOUT BLACK STUDENT UNION: The Black Student Union (BSU) at UW-Green Bay celebrates and supports the Black experience through academic and social support, developing cultural awareness and discussing both historical and contemporary achievements and challenges throughout Black history. More information is available at https://www.uwgb.edu/mesa/student-orgs/black-student-union/.

ABOUT UW-GREEN BAY STUDENT LIFE: UW-Green Bay Student Life is dedicated to promoting student engagement and involvement through programming and the support of on-campus student organizations that empower students to create a unique extracurricular experience. More information is available at https://www.uwgb.edu/student-life/.

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Photos: ‘Las Cafeteras: Sounds of Resistance!’

UW-Green Bay welcomed music group Las Cafeteras on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 in Phoenix Room C for a workshop titled “Sounds of Resistance!” The event was co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay Spanish, MESA, Organizacion Latino Americano, Women of Color organization and the Office of Student Life.

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Kwanzaa Celebration 2019

Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa celebration, Dec. 7, 2019 in Phoenix Rooms

UW-Green Bay Multi Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Black Student Union and Office of Student Life are extending a welcome to everyone to attend the Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. This is a free family event. There will be entertainment by Appleton North Step team, food and keynote speaker Robyn Davis from Brown County United Way. If you have any questions, please contact multicultural advisor Bao Sengkhammee at sengkhab@uwgb.edu.

Spring planning for Black History Month and Asian Heritage Month

Spring planning is fast approaching! If you are hosting any events, programming, guest speakers, film showings, book discussions or anything that is related to Black History Month for February 2020 and/or Asian Heritage Month for April 2020, please inform Multicultural Advisor Bao Sengkhammee. In addition, if you have any questions or would like to be a part of the planning committee for those months, please contact Sengkhammee at 920-465-2022 or email sengkhab@uwgb.edu.

Save the date: Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 7

Please save the date for this year’s Kwanzaa Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. This is a free, family friendly event; all are welcome! Entertainment and food will be included. The event is hosted by Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Black Student Union (BSU) and the Office of Student Life (OSL). If you have any questions, please contact Bao Sengkhammee at sengkhab@uwgb.edu.