Overview

The College of Letters and Sciences is pleased to host this year's Campus Diversity Forum.  The chosen theme of this year's forum, Diversity, Justice, and the Environment, invites a space for innovative interdisciplinary inquiry among all of the disciplines on campus.  By fostering opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas among faculty, staff, and students, this year's forum will allow us to examine the environmental impact of materials sourcing, overconsumption, human population explosion, and climate change on the most vulnerable human communities among us.  In the process, we will have the opportunity to "fast forward" in time to connect the more immediate and profound environmental effects experienced by at-risk communities back to all of us.  By working together to address the environmental privations and harms faced by communities on the frontlines, we will ultimately be helping ourselves. 


Effects of climate change in Bhola Island, Bangladesh     
Photo by Gary Braasch/ http://www.braaschphotography.com/

Renowned guest speakers—Dr. Antwi Akom, Dr. Patty Loew, and Dr. Joni Seager—as well as our very own faculty will be leading us in discussions on the impact of varied environmental practices on a wide spectrum of communities:  
1. Neighborhoods in the urban United States;
2. Wisconsin’s Native American communities;
3. Canada’s First Nations in proximity to the Alberta Tar Sands;  
4. Gulf Coast populations ten years after Hurricane Katrina;
5. Climate refugees in the South Pacific;
6. Women and children impacted by global climate change. 
In addition, one session will feature poster presentations showcasing UW-W students’ research and creative projects related to the forum. 

Please join us for these timely, informative, and enriching investigations.

 












Children playing soccer during a severe drought in Fu Luo Village, northern Guangdong Province, China
Photo by Gary Braasch/ http://www.braaschphotography.com/

Calendar of Events

Monday, Nov 2: RACE AND URBAN ECO-JUSTICE
Dr. Antwi Akom, From Urgency to Action: Ecojustice, Tech Innovation, and Community Revitalization, 7:oopm in the Young Auditorium

Watch Dr. Akom's TEDx Talk, Innovation Out of Poverty, here:  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvrLFgikLZQ).

Tuesday, Nov 3: WISCONSIN AND NATIVE AMERICAN CONCERNS
  
Dr. Patty Loew, Robert Mann, and Matt Dannenberg, Seventh Generation Earth Ethics, 3:30pm-5:00pm in the UC Ballroom


Film Screening: Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands (2013), 6:00 - 7:15 pm in Summers Auditorium

Wednesday, Nov 4: A DAY FOR UW-WHITEWATER RESEARCHERS
Student Poster Presentations, 3:30pm-4:10pm in the UC Ballroom 

C. Holly Denning and Maggie Alario, Katrina @ 10: Resilience and Restoration in Gulf Coast Communnities, 4:15pm-5:00pm in the UC Ballroom 

Film Screening: Sun Come Up (2010), 6:00pm-7:15pm in Summers Auditorium

Thursday, Nov 5: GENDER AND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Brown Bag Lunch for UW-W Faculty and Staff with Dr. Joni Seager, 12:00pm-1:00pm, in Laurentide 4219

Dr. Joni Seager, What Does Gender Have To Do With It?: Making Feminist Sense of Climate Change, 3:30pm-5:00pm in the UC Ballroom 



For more information, contact Elizabeth Kim, Chair of 2015 Diversity Forum Planning Committee, at kime@uww.edu.