Antiracism Event Series

The UWM Honors College seeks to be a radically welcoming space where all students, staff, and faculty can flourish and experience genuine belonging.

The Honors Antiracism Event Series provides a forum for cross-campus conversations and activities that seek to dismantle systemic racism in higher education.

Upcoming Events 

Milwaukee 53206: Documentary Viewing & Discussion

Thursday, November 4
5:30pm – 7:30pm CT
On Zoom:

 In collaboration with the Honors Equity Team, the Honors Antiracism Event Series presents a virtual viewing and discussion of the 2016 documentary, Milwaukee 53206. Please join us on Zoom for the 55-minute viewing followed by a discussion led by Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies. This event is open to the public and free/pay-what-you-can. To donate, please use Venmo @UWMHonorsAntiracism. All proceeds will be donated to Clean Slate MKE.

 From the filmmakers: “The United States has the most prisoners of any nation in the world both in absolute numbers and per capita. These numbers are further compounded within Milwaukee’s mostly African-American 53206 zip code, where 62% of adult Black men are currently in prison or have served time. Through the intimate stories of three 53206 residents, MILWAUKEE 53206 chronicles the high toll that excessive and racially-biased jail sentences have on individuals and families. The film examines Milwaukee’s zip code 53206 and illuminates the story of people from across the United States who live with the daily effects of unfair and excessively long jail sentences.”

“How Diverse is Your Universe?”: Interactive Workshop with Prof. Ermitte Saint-Jacques

Friday, November 12
12:30pm – 1:45pm
Honors House 196

The UWM Honors Antiracism Event Series welcomes Ermitte Saint-Jacques, Assistant Professor in African & African Diaspora Studies for an interactive workshop, “How Diverse is Your Universe?” Join us on Friday, November 12, 12:30 – 1:45pm in Honors House 196. Prof. Saint-Jacques will begin our event with a short lecture followed by a self-reflective activity to give us an idea of how diverse our social circles are. We will then discuss the diversity or possible lack thereof within our social circles, whether this is a problem, and, if so, what we can do about it. This event is open to all UWM students, faculty, and staff.


Past Events 

Citizen Reading 

Our kickoff event was held on Dec. 3, 2020. It featured a virtual reading of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen performed by members of the Honors community, followed by an informal, interactive discussion among students, faculty, staff, and guests from our partner high schools.

Story Stitch Conversations 

On April 9th we hosted an online gathering focused on building connection, empathy, and inclusion in the Honors community through the art of storytelling.

Participants engaged in guided, small group discussions held in Zoom breakout rooms using questions derived from the Story Stitch conversation game created by Green Card Voices.

Our goals were to foster a sense of belonging among all Honors students, faculty, and staff; valuing the lived experiences of those who have experienced exclusion; and deepening our sense of compassion for one another as we shared our stories and struggles in a supportive environment.

Confronting Whiteness in the Campus Community 

On April 29th, we hosted an online workshop facilitated by Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy and Dr. Catherine Orr from Beloit College.

 In this 90-minute workshop we discusses ideas and developed strategies for identifying and confronting whiteness.