Diversity

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 […]

Hudson inclusivity committee rising from the ashes of civic tranquility

December 5th, 2017

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part series. See Part 2 here. “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 […]

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 […]