Diversity

Dutch treat: Students from UWRF and the Netherlands become fast friends

April 20th, 2018

Not knowing a single American student on campus, three Dutch students arrived at UW-River Falls in January, having already made plans for May to spend a few weeks exploring places in America such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and possibly Texas before returning to the Netherlands on June 3. However, at some point in March, […]

For Chinese students, far from home, UWRF has become ‘very comfortable’

April 20th, 2018

Imagine stepping off a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and being greeted with signs saying, “You’re Almost Home.” You get into a van with a complete stranger who drives 40 minutes to what seems like the middle of nowhere. You are checked into your room by a resident assistant, and then you realize […]

‘Year of South Korea’ ending with UWRF students struggling to connect

April 20th, 2018

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Players see Athletics Department’s increased inclusion efforts as a plus

April 20th, 2018

When senior basketball player Devin Buckley began school at UW-River Falls as a freshman, he said everybody mainly just went with the flow and there weren’t many conversations about diversity in the predominately Caucasian Athletics Department. Now, the Athletics Department is driven to increase diversity efforts on campus, and staff aren’t afraid to talk about […]

UWRF ambivalent about UW Regents’ speech policy that can expel students

February 22nd, 2018

“It’s complicated, man.” That is how sophomore Mamu Hashim described the climate of freedom of speech at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The UW System Board of Regents recently approved a policy on freedom of expression. The policy suspends or expels students who disrupt “the free speech of others/functioning of the institution” two or more […]

Who wants better grades? Raise your hand — because that’s the key to it

February 6th, 2018

Mai See Xiong, a Hmong-American senior at UWRF, recalls going through her entire childhood education and even a semester of college with a fear of asking questions in class — all because her parents taught her that doing so was frowned upon and might land her in trouble. In a recent printmaking class, however, Xiong […]

Inclusion Alliance’s reach for solutions exceeds council’s grasp on resolutions

December 13th, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. See Part 1 here. HUDSON — The white board in the crowded room at the former library building filled with comments and concerns about what is happening in the community to enhance diversity and inclusion. At this point, it became clear to the group that […]

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 […]