Diversity Week to celebrate diversity and unique identities

Featured speaker is founder of The Privilege Institute
Students walk across campus. Diversity Week is Feb. 24-28 at UW-Stout.
Pam Powers | February 19, 2020

Eddie Moore Jr., the founder of the White Privilege Conference, an internationally recognized conference for individuals who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege and leadership, is the featured speaker during University of Wisconsin-Stout’s second annual Diversity Week.

Diversity Week starts Monday, Feb. 24, and continues through Friday, Feb. 28.

It is sponsored by Stout Student Association’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council. The council is made up of SSA delegates as well as representatives from student organizations including Black Student Union, Native American Student Organization, Hmong Stout Student Organization, Latinos Unidos and the Gender Sexuality Alliance. All events are free and open to the public.

Eddie Moore Jr.Moore, of Green Bay, will speak from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Gilbert Creek Room of Merle M. Price Commons on “America is Changing: Are You (We) Ready?” He also will speak on “Power, Privilege and Leadership” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Ballrooms B and C.

 “Diversity Week is important because on a predominately white campus minority voices don’t always get a chance to be elevated and this week we do,” said Brandon Beaulieu, SSA director of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Moore will speak at a luncheon open to students only.

“He likes to interact and have fun and sometimes challenges you to the core,” said Dominque Vargas, associate dean of students for equity, diversity and inclusion. “Not many people can do that. He is going to make some people uncomfortable in a way we need.”

Moore founded The Privilege Institute which engages people in research, education, action and leadership through workshops, conferences, publications and strategic partnerships and relationships. Moore is co-founder of the online journal “Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.” 

An equity, diversity and inclusion open forum is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 24, in room 306 of Bowman Hall. Interim Chancellor Patrick Guilfoile, interim Provost Glendali Rodriguez, Vice Chancellor Phil Lyons, Dean of Students Sandi Scott, Associate Dean of Students John Achter and University Police Chief Jason Spetz will participate. Vargas will facilitate the forum.

The forum will allow faculty, staff and students an opportunity to ask questions, Vargas said.Dominique Vargas

An honoring diversity powwow demonstration is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, sponsored by the NASO. There will be traditional drums and dances. A grand entry is planned at the start of the demonstration

Other events include:

Monday, Feb. 24, 4 to 6 p.m., Ballroom C, Memorial Student Center, minority mixer; Qube brown bag: The intersection of blackness and queerness, 7 to 8 p.m., Gilbert Creek Room, Price Commons

Tuesday, Feb. 25, intercultural conflict styles, 1 to 2 p.m., Willow and Walnut rooms, Memorial Student Center; asexual and aromantic awareness with zine crafting, 4 to 6 p.m., Oakwood Room, Memorial Student Center

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Disability Services open house, room 120, University Library; documentary movie “If These Halls Could Talk?” and discussion, 5 to 7:30 p.m., room 110, Jarvis Hall Science Wing

Friday, Feb. 28, Qube mixer, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Qube, Price Commons

All week there will be a Diversity Through Art exhibit at the Involvement Porch in the Memorial Student Center.



Eddie Moore, Jr.

Dominique Vargas


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