UW-River Falls is ‘another world’ for a Muslim female student from Somalia

December 12th, 2017

“It’s a really great campus. I just wish it was more diverse than it is right now,” Ibrahim said. Having lived in larger cities her whole life, she envisioned UWRF to be more diverse. She was disappointed there weren’t as many non-white students as she expected. She has been able to make connections with other students […]

In the search for student diversity, CAFES serves up the whitest bread

December 11th, 2017

Christian Sosa is one of three kids from a mixed-heritage family. His mother’s side of the family is from the U.S., his father’s is from Honduras, and Sosa was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He’s a native English-speaker, but while he was growing up, his parents tried to teach him Spanish with primer books. He […]

Falcons football leaders decided against kneeling, but not all agreed

December 11th, 2017

“The only way you can ever bring change is to make people uncomfortable.” Ugel George said that after playing football for UWRF this season and wrestling with his conscience. George is from the U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in an all-black neighborhood, which is a much different background from the majority of students at […]

Hudson inclusivity committee rising from the ashes of civic tranquility

December 5th, 2017

Part one of a two-part series “You could see the ashes for a couple days. You shouldn’t just clean that up, you should see that, and the community should see the effects of that.” Kate Lawson, of Hudson, witnessed the looming threat of tension between Hudson community members firsthand. After a shooting in Orlando where […]

UWRF’s ‘Year of South Korea’ seeks to bridge cultures at home and abroad

November 28th, 2017

Hyun Sung Jang is passionate about two things: teaching English and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The TESOL major from South Korea dreams of one day becoming an English teacher to international students in an American public high school. Jang transferred to Michigan Lutheran Seminary High School in Saginaw, Michigan, as a sophomore in 2013 […]

UWRF working to recruit, reassure inner-city high schoolers of color

November 13th, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lining the school cafeteria with brochures and paraphernalia, college recruiters and representatives eagerly plied students last week with information related to their institutions at the St. Paul Central High School college fair. Among the students who attended the fair was Ahijah Adams, a college-bound junior and African-American who confronted the representatives […]

Here first but nearly forgotten, some Native Americans celebrate this Nov.

November 6th, 2017

Aiyana Ledwein, a senior softball player, is one of the few Native American athletes at UWRF. She is a descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, and her birth mom lived on a reservation in eastern Wisconsin before moving to Minnesota. Ledwein is excited about the idea of Native American Heritage Month but said […]

Campus climate is chilly for women, students of color and people disabled

November 6th, 2017

Students of color are 14 times more likely to report suffering racial hostility than are white students, and female students are nearly three times more likely than men to face political bias, according to campus climate survey results released last week. Students with disabilities report more bias, too. “I’ve had to fight for a lot […]

Forget marathons; Special Olympian has his sights set on a 200-mile race

October 16th, 2017

For Special Olympics athlete Isaiah Kasay, who is ultimately aspiring to one day compete in a 200-mile race that winds from Winona to Minneapolis, 5K runs are nothing but training and practice. His goal of competing in a race of this length, which makes marathon runs seem short and sweet, comes across as highly ambitious […]

Diversity Center aspires to help students succeed, starting first year

October 16th, 2017

The Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging has been awfully busy upping the ante and providing support to students by creating new programs and adding staff to the office. Martin Olague, director of DIB, is relatively new to the position, having joined UW-River Falls in 2016. Besides Olague, the office is full of new faces. […]