The Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:58:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 34645140 Being a Female Hmong Professional Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:10:39 +0000 There are an increasing number of Hmong women completing their degrees every year in the United States. For a Hmong woman, finding balance between career, community, culture, and family can be challenging. In this presentation, Maysee shares personal stories and reflections of how she has been challenged by social and cultural expectations, and how she has learned to overcome them. Maysee opens up about conflicts she’s encountered both within and outside the Hmong community and explains how she has negotiated and navigated these situations while retaining her own dignity, as well as that of the Hmong community. She also presents the advantages and struggles of being one of still only a few Hmong individuals in academia.

Presented by: Maysee Yang Herr, Associate Professor of Education, UW-Stevens Point

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council through its Shop Talk program.

Language Access in La Crosse and Surrounding Communities: Promoting Social Justice and Community Empowerment Thu, 02 Mar 2017 23:16:17 +0000 Providing language access in our communities is not only a growing need in our community but also a federal requirement under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is true that some professionals that work with interpreters may be unaware of the protocols, codes of ethics and standards of practice of this profession. We also know that failing to provide quality interpreting services can drastically affect the outcome of care and the services, as well as cause grave problems for the professionals who need to understand their LEP patients and clients. This presentation will examine the best practices for providing interpreting services and working with interpretation scenarios and will also examine the potential for shared community resources to implement language access in La Crosse and surrounding areas. Social Justice through language access is a meaningful way to promote community empowerment, equal footing and diversity in our daily interactions.

Presented by: Michelle Pinzl, Instructor and Coordinator, Community Interpreting Certificate, Viterbo University

Annual Half-Day Conference Wed, 01 Mar 2017 23:18:11 +0000 Mark your calendars for our much-anticipated annual half-day conference, to be held this year on November 2. More details coming soon.

Council Welcomes New Interns! Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:15:22 +0000 The Council is delighted to have the energy, ideas, and skills of our Spring, 2017 interns, Alicia Quiñones and Sonia Garcia. They have been assisting with our Council’s newsletter and other forms of outreach, and updating our Multicultural Resource Guide. Sonia photo

Sonia Garcia

Sonia grew up in Hales Corners, WI which is about 15 minutes outside of Milwaukee. She is pursuing a degree in Interpersonal Communication, along with minors in Spanish and Ethnic and Racial Studies. Her involvement throughout the past four years at UWL has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Sonia is a McNair Scholar and the focus of her research is on first generation college students from underrepresented populations. She also works with the Institute for Social Justice, Intercultural Organization Promoting Awareness (IOPA), Mujueres Orgullosas (a Latina empowerment group), and as a Peer Coach through Student Support Services.

She is excited to be a part of the Diversity Council as a means to learn more about community outreach, connections between the University and the community, and to be able to help in any way possible. Sonia says the Diversity Council will offer her insight, knowledge, and experience as what it entails to be on a Council. She is very happy to be able to work with a diverse group of individuals who have so much knowledge to share. This experience will help Sonia on her journey to pursue a graduate degree in Student Affairs Administration.

Alicia Quiñones


Alicia is originally from Rochester, MN and moved to La Crosse to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration at UW-L. She is a junior at UW-L now, but spent her freshman year at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  Alicia is currently serving as the Diversity Organization Coalition Representative for the Latin American Student Organization where she is working to create better connections between organizations in hopes that they can help each other grow. She also just recently became a McNair Scholar and will be starting her very first research project this summer!

Alicia says she is extremely excited to be working as an intern with the Council. “It is an honor to see how the Council conducts their programs with their members while also serving as a great resource to the community. My interest in the Council has much to do with the values their work is centered around, as someone who hopes to one day make a career in Public Policy, diversity and inclusion are  large motivators in my own personal drive to success. I am excited to see where this position will take me and hope I can be a unique asset to the Council as we move forward.”

Alicia and Sonia are both unique assets to our program and to our region.  As the Diversity Council Director, I feel extremely fortunate to be working with both of them!


Celebrate Women’s History Month 2017 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:20:10 +0000 Check out these local opportunities to celebrate the struggles for justice, the accomplishments, and the contributions of women in our shared past–and present!

International Women’s Day Celebrations:March 8:  International Panel. Sponsored by UWL’s International Education & Engagement Office, at 5 pm, UWL, Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

This free event will consist of a panel of women from Bulgaria, China, Iceland, and Ukraine.  They will discuss their personal journeys as well as share reflections on what it means for women to be bold for change in their countries.

The event will also welcome a special guest speaker from Syria. Free Parking in Lot C10, Corner of 16th and Vine Streets | UWL Campus

March 9:  3rd Annual International Women’s Day Celebration, Sponsored by The People’s Food Co-Op and Hackberry’s Bistro, 6-7 pm.Celebrate the creativity, determination, and skills of women supporting women! Join women in the community for a very special International Women’s Day event in Hackberry’s Bistro. Hear about International Fair Trade initiatives led by women and benefiting women. Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine and delicious, specially prepared appetizers with friends while gorgeous women’s garments from India are modeled and described.

Month of March: 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) will have a Women’s History display in the windows of Pearl Street Books, 323 Pearl Street, during the month of March.  The display will depict the 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month, Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” 

Also for this month, AAUW will have the new book, First Woman:  Celebrating the historic Presidential Campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Other First Women in Government, for sale.  The book is a 2017 publication from the national Women’s History Project.  It is a 48-page book full of photos and facts about women in government.  The book will be for sale at the International Women’s Day program and at the Mayor’s Neighborhood Expo at La Crosse Center on March 25th. . You can also buy the book by contacting AAUW.

GLADC Member Drive 2017: Join Our Council! Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:55:10 +0000 Do you share our vision of the Greater La Crosse Area as an inclusive and welcoming place to live, work, access opportunities, contribute and belong?

Are you an employer trying to attract and retain a diverse workforce to strengthen the work of your organization?

La Crosse Bridge on the Mississippi River

As we begin our 2017 Member Drive, now is your opportunity to contribute to our work of strengthening the workplaces and communities of our area by promoting and cultivating diversity, access, inclusion and equity. Please join us as an organizational or an individual member, and help us advance our work for 2017, including:

  • Quality Lunch and Learn programs
  • Annual half-day conference
  • New Community Calendar hub to inform the community about educational opportunities related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Development of a Speakers’ Bureau to facilitate the sharing of expertise with employers and community organization
  • Continued development of online resources, such as the La Crosse  Area Multicultural Resource Guide
  • Continuation of our Internship program

Benefits to Members:

  • All employees of member organizations receive discounts to our educational programs:  quality professional development at Lunch and Learn, annual conference, and informal networking events
  • Show your employees and applicants your commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace
  • Set an example for broader regional commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equitable workplaces: member organizations are listed on our website
  • Network with fellow diversity and inclusivity advocates in the area
  • Show your support by listing your membership on promotional materials

With your involvement, we can continue to offer quality programs, increase the visibility of diversity and inclusion initiatives in our area, and reach an ever-broader audience. Working together, we can address a critical need for employers to connect with and support a diverse workforce, and we can enrich our area’s civic and community life by fostering a vibrant, diverse, inclusive community.


Lunch and Learn: Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities in the Workplace: Being an Educated Employer Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:48:41 +0000 fullsizeoutput_187bWhere do employers go to keep up on the ever-changing world of sexual orientations, gender identities/expressions, and intersecting identities?  Come learn from Will Van Roosenbeek, Director of the Pride Center at UW-La Crosse, in a session focusing on identities, terminology, and discuss how to create work environments that are welcoming to all.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people have always been in the workplace.  Many of these people, in the past, did not talk about their personal lives, and when they did they were careful what pronouns they used to keep their relationships silent. With more LGBTQ+ people speaking their truths about their lives, there are greater opportunities for people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions to be themselves in the workplace.  Employers that welcome people with a diverse range of gender identities/expressions and sexual orientations, who educate themselves and their staff, can better attract and retain talent.  Those places of employment will create inclusive environments, will be more productive, and will attract people who are looking for diverse businesses.  Learn how your workplace can be part of this positive trend.

Click here to register.

Employees of member organizations of the Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council receive discounted registration fees.

Black History Month: Opportunities to Learn and Engage Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:24:28 +0000

Black History Month offers the opportunity to educate ourselves of the history of African Americans, as well as to recognize and celebrate the achievements and successes of black Americans in the history of our country and within our communities.  Here are a few opportunities to learn and engage:

Giordano Dance Chicago Performance, Feb. 9th, 7:30pm, Viterbo University, Fine Arts Center Main Theater.

Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), America’s original jazz dance company, lights up the stage with its signature power, elegance, athleticism, and unparalleled energy

“13th” Movie Showing and Discussion, Feb 13th, 7:00pm, Winona State University, 120 Science Laboratory Center. “13th” is a Netflix documentary that takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

Feb. 15 La Crosse Reads 1: an evening with poet, memoirist, and Yale Law School grad R. Dwayne Betts. (Learn more about Betts here.)

The poet will be signing books immediately prior to his event at 6 p.m. in UWL’s New Student Union bookstore (first floor). His keynote talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Theatre (lower level rm. 0120). Seating is limited. Overflow space will be available on the ground floor of Wimberly Hall (immediately adjacent to the U).

Feb. 16 La Crosse Reads, 2: Keynote by Reginald Dwayne Betts, an American poet, memoirist and lawyer. Book-signing and reception immediately prior at 6 p.m. Poetry Reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts,  7:00pm, Western Technical College, Lunda Center.

Langston Hughes’ Project – Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz – Featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet, Feb 22nd, 7:00pm, Winona State University, Location TBD.The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite. Ask Your Mama is Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s.

Celebrate World Justice Day, February 20 Sun, 05 Feb 2017 16:44:20 +0000

“With exclusion and inequality on the rise, we must step up efforts to ensure that all people, without discrimination, are able to access opportunities to improve their lives and those of others.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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With all of the political intensity going on in the U.S., it can be easy for some of us to lose sight of larger world events and initiatives.  At the same time, the events of the past few weeks have reminded Americans of our links to the world, especially our human connections to the diverse people from around the world who live, work, study, and contribute in the United States. This includes our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members.
Please take a moment to consider your role as a world citizen in connection with the United Nations “World Justice Day” on February 20.  Learn more about the UN’s efforts to “build inclusive societies, promote decent work, bolster social protection floors, and bring people in from the margins” here.
Creative Imperatives: Exploring Diverse Identities, Feb. 27-March 1 Sun, 05 Feb 2017 16:26:02 +0000 UW-La Crosse has organized an exciting three days of events on the theme of Identity Matters.
Visit the calendar for a complete listing of engaging events that celebrate creativity, diversity, and awareness around issues of race, gender, culture, disability, and more.  All events are free and open to the public, and the Identity Matters Exhibit is open during gallery hours at the Main Gallery-Center for the Arts.  Here is just a small sampling of the learning opportunities:
The Over-Consumption of Native American Imagery and the Ongoing Results, Daniel Green, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, Feb. 27 Dan Green’s research explores the misinformation, lies, stereotypes and myths about Native Americans.
Ridiculously Small Pockets, or The Challenges Women Face in a Stereotypically Male Work Environment, Megan Morey, Nabamita Dutta, Adrienne Loh, 3:00 – 3:55 p.m., Feb. 27 Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall Panel discussion on perceived and real identities of women working in male-dominated careers.
Disability & Diversity 4:00 – 5:15 p.m., Tues. Feb. 28, Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall This session will explore definitions, myths, and truths about persons with disabilities, and how diversity enters into the picture.