Last month, I shared initial plans in a campus message about a work group to examine proactive education and outreach to better address bias and hateful actions on campus.
Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement Joan Prince and Chief Student Affairs Officer Kelly Haag are co-chairs of the “Care, Respect and Expression” work group to examine resources, response plans, education, and support to yield improvements and progress, and make UW-Milwaukee a better university. The work group has started efforts and will ensure that faculty, staff, and students who are not on campus during summer months are included in the work in the fall. A final report is expected in November 2019 and recommendations will then be implemented.
The group’s goals include consideration of a multidisciplinary response team for hate/bias incidents, organization of available resources, a communication plan, offerings for campus speakers and other content, an assessment plan to review incidents and a review of existing responder protocol.
Membership will include representatives from governance groups, multicultural and identity centers, Dean of Students, Equity and Diversity Services, Global Inclusion and Engagement, Hillel and Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, Norris Health Center, UWM Police Department, University Communications, University Housing, and employee and student representatives.
I thank everyone involved for their contributions to this important work. UW-Milwaukee will be an improved institution for engaging in this process.
Mark A. Mone
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee