Today marks the middle of Inclusivity Week, a series of
events that intend to promote inclusivity within the student body and create an
understanding of other races, cultures and sexual orientations.
The week was organized by Mark Moua, Inclusivity Director
through the Student Government Association, with the help of Diversity and
College Access. Moua said the week is meant to promote student involvement and
student organization events.
There are four events that compose Inclusivity Week, two of
which have already been held.
“I didn’t want the week to be crammed with events,” Moua
said. “It’s spread out so students will have the opportunity to go to at least
The week began on Sunday, Feb. 24 with the Soul Food Dinner
hosted by the Black Student Union in the Laird Room of the Dreyfus University
Moua said that the dinner focused on family and the feeling
of togetherness. Former union president and University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point alumnus Chamario McMichael has worked as the head chef of the dinner for
“I think Inclusivity Week is a symbol that expresses to
students it’s okay to be different, now let’s unify,” McMichael said. “We need
to change the climate on campus to a positive state.”
On Monday, Feb. 25, the Inappropriate Questions Panel was
held in the Alumni Room of the university center, which Moua and McMichael both
attended. Moua said the questions spanned topics such as race, gender and
“It was a big step and it is a sign that this campus needs
more education,” Moua said.
McMichael said the questions panel is something,“we should
have more often, even in the residence halls. They could spark conversations
about diversity within the halls and promote cultural awareness. The questions
may be inappropriate to some, but to others they’re just curiosity. I wish
more people would have come.”
Tonight at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Safe Zone Training
will be hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. The training session is
open to all faculty, staff and students, according to the alliance’s
Administrative and Institutional Support Director Allie Schjoth. She said it
will spread awareness of LBGTQA issues and teach attendants how to create a safe
and welcoming environment.
“I hope students will come out to show their support for one
another and recognizing diverse groups on campus,” Schjoth said. “We’re
definitely excited to participate in Inclusivity Week.”
The Hmong and Southeast Asian American Club will be hosting
the Traditional and Modern Hmong Arts Conference in the university center Laird
Room at 11 a.m. The club’s Vice President Yia Lor said that the aim of the
conference is cultural education and awareness.
“The conference benefits Hmong and non-Hmong students,” Lor
said. “It educates non-Hmong students about a culture they don’t belong to, and
offers Hmong students more information about their own culture.”
The conference will have different sessions with speakers
on a wide range of topics. Each session will be about 50 minutes long with
10-minute breaks in between for students to choose topics that interest them,
according to Lor. There will also be entertainment and a meal catered by Chef
Chu’s, Lor said. The conference will be the last event of Inclusivity Week.
“We need to make inclusivity part of our campus climate. We
need a safe zone for all LGBTQA, feminists, cultural groups, everyone,”
McMichael said. “It bothers me that we almost have to force these events on the
Both Moua and McMichael said that this week is about
students stepping out of their comfort zone and immersing themselves in
experiences that will put them in situations where they stand to learn
“It’s all about breaking the mold,” McMichael said. “It’s
all about unity. We’re all Pointers.”