Story by Sonia Garcia–
The Institute for Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse is hosting the second annual Social Justice Week. “More than One Struggle: Intersections and Activism” will run from April 3-7. All events throughout this week are free, and open to the public. The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse will host round table discussions, brown bag lunches, research presentations, panels, speakers, and performers that focus their work on intersectionality and activism.
Dr. Laurie Cooper Stoll, Director of the Institute for Social Justice, discusses the importance of Social Justice Week, which “provides an opportunity to center the importance of social-justice related work, raise awareness about a wide variety of social justice issues, and provide concrete ways to address them.” She continues by speaking to the importance of community members attending these events: “It provides additional opportunities for those of us who are affiliated with the university and community members to come together and form important partnerships. We all need to find ways to work together to address social inequalities.” There is an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise that will be shared throughout Social Justice Week. As members of the community, here are a few events that may be of interest to you:
Promoting Social Justice through Inclusive Leadership Development: A panel of UWL faculty will share their expertise on inclusive leadership development. Tuesday April 4, 4:00-5:30pm, Centennial Hall 2211
Community Connections Reception: Getting to know local businesses and non-profits that are engaged in social justice work. The Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council will be represented! Tuesday April 4, 5:30-7:30p, UWL Centennial Hall 1300, Hall of Nations
“Inclusive Negligence”: Now What? Action steps for a Campus and Community: A focused discussion for members of campus and the community on how to practically engage in inclusivity. Wednesday April 5, 12:00-1:30pm, UWL Student Union, Room 3310
“Killing the Black Imagination: Where Do We Go From Here?” Charlene Carruthers, Director of the Black Youth Project. Tuesday April 4, 7:30-9:00pm, Centennial Hall 1400
Reducing Bias and Promoting Diversity in Recruiting and Hiring: Panel with expertise from UWL and community members. Thursday April 6, 4:00-5:30pm, UWL Centennial Hall 1404.
For the complete program, visit the Social Justice Institute website.