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Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence at

UW Oshkosh


Greetings,

Our team at UW Oshkosh’s Center for Equity and Diversity is appalled and saddened by the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bigotry, racism, homophobia, sexism and anti-Semitism have no place in the United States. Nor do they have a place on college campuses where people come to learn and grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. We fail as colleges and universities if we do not help students grapple with big ideas, moral and ethical responsibilities and strategies for effective action and advocacy. We must seize now the opportunity to help students become part of the solution, to play a role in creating a better tomorrow for us all.

To this end, we want you to know that the Center for Equity and Diversity remains committed to ensuring that everyone matters and the activities and programs offered celebrate the diversity of the campus. We have an obligation to challenge students to think broadly and deeply and prepare them for their life’s work. We believe that all students must be prepared fully for global leadership. To achieve this vision, we must engage students in rich experiences, both in and outside of the classroom, that both affirm their own identity and culture and introduce them to new ones. Our ultimate goal should be to transform our students in positive ways while showing respect for their varied backgrounds. Certainly we must denounce hate and violence of any kind on campus. And, yet, we must go beyond that first step and dedicate ourselves to understanding our students’ cultures and identities and assist them in imagining and achieving a positive future.

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you or anyone who might be struggling with what has taken place in Virginia or elsewhere. We will offer a set of Inclusive Excellence workshops this academic year and invite you to participate as you seek to become an Inclusive Excellence champion.

Kind regards,

Sylvia Carey-Butler, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence

 

Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without. - William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

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