Toward One Wisconsin Diversity Event Shifts to Fully Virtual Conference
UWEC English prof Dorothy Chan will serve as artist-in-residence
Kao Kalia Yang, Hmong-American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and co-founder of Words Wanted; Dasha Kelly Hamilton, writer, performance artist, and creative change agent; and Jelani Cobb, New Yorker staff writer, and public speaker on race, history, politics, culture in America, will keynote Toward One Wisconsin 2021, a virtual conference on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion on Oct. 12-13.
The conference – themed “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” – will feature 48 breakout sessions with four tracks: 1) Increasing Opportunities for Inclusion in Wisconsin’s Workforce, 2) Creating Inclusive Communities, 3) Cultivating Equity in Education, and 4) Building Healthy Equity in Wisconsin. It’s intended for individuals on a DEI journey, wherever they may be, and aims to provide best practices, insights, and tools to help you take the next steps toward One Wisconsin. Conference Artist-in-Residence Dorothy Chan, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of English, will provide inspirational poems and reflections during the conference.
Initially planned as a hybrid event with virtual options and sessions based in Eau Claire, organizers shifted to a fully virtual format amid an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. Last year’s conference, also virtual, drew 800 participants. To register, visit Toward One Wisconsin 2021’s website (inclusivity-wi.org) or its Facebook page (facebook.com/TowardOneWisconsin).