Inviation from Patrick J. Sims: Diversity Office spring events

Below is an invitation to Diversity Office spring events from Patrick J. Sims, Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement:

Dear Colleague,

I’m inviting you to join me for a series of spring events hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement. All events are free of charge and open to everyone!

Please mark your calendars and register today for the following events:

  • The opening event of Black History Month 2016, WE the 350: Stories of Poverty, Racism, & Incarceration will be Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in Play Circle Theater, Memorial Union.
  • Black History Month Keynote Rahiel Tesfamariam will speak on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Symphony Room of Gordon Commons.  If this is to be an intergenerational struggle for liberation, then all generations have a critical role to play in the New Civil Rights Movement.
  • Moving Forward: Conversations on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in Gordon Commons. This event provides a space & forum to discuss what can be done to improve racial climate on campus. Open to all faculty, students and staff.
  • Faculty of Color Reception Thursday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m.-7 the Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center. An annual event to celebrate & network with newly-hired & promoted faculty of color. Open to all university faculty & staff.
  • On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow 2016 – Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.-11p.m. & Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center. This free public event is a social gathering among Native American people and the public to bridge the boundaries between UW & the eleven Tribal Nations residing in Wisconsin.
  • 4th Annual Women in Leadership Symposium, Wednesday, April 5 in Grainger Hall, East Atrium and Plenary Room, 8 a.m. to noon.  Hosted by the Vice Provost for Diversity and campus partners in partnership with the National Diversity Council in 2016, a panel of speakers will address topics on building your career. Networking luncheon follows. Register today at
  • DDEEA Spring Graduation Celebration & Reception, Friday, May 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Varsity Hall, Union South.  An annual salute to undergraduates in the programs of the Division of Diversity Equity & Educational Achievement. Ticket required.Other diversity events to come include:
  • Throughout February, a series of events will observe Black History Month. For more information on each of these events, please go to:
  • Leadership in the New Economy (LINE): Student Personal Leadership Development Symposium, for UW sophomores and juniors, February 2. #LINE2016
  • 6th Annual Latino Youth Summit: Wednesday, March 23 & Thursday, March 24. For local Latino 7th & 8th graders.
  • UW Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, April 21- May 12:
    • Lao / Hmong Warriors of the Vietnam War- April 21, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Red Gym
    • Lao / Hmong connections to the CIA, April 29, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Red Gym
    • Journalism opportunity with 3HmongTV, May 6, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Union South
    • SE Asian American Graduation Reception,  May 6, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Union South
    • Asian Pacific American Heritage Reception, May 12, 5 p.m.-7:30p.m.

We hope to see you repeatedly this spring.