Event to launch new book about the history of diversity at UWM

An event at the Golda Meir Library on Tuesday will celebrate the launch of a new book that traces the history of diversity at UWM.

“Telling Our Stories: A History of Diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1956-2022” traces UWM’s growth over the past six-plus decades through chapters dedicated to students of color, women, LGBTQ students and international students, as well as those with disabilities and military backgrounds.

The celebration will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the 4th Floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library. The launch event is open to all members of the campus community, though attendees are asked to RSVP online. All guests will receive a copy of the book.

Speakers will include Chancellor Mark Mone and the book’s editors: Chia Vang, vice chancellor of diversity, equity and inclusion, and professor of history; and David Pate, associate professor and chair of the department of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Also scheduled to speak is Joan Prince, vice chancellor emerita and Vang’s predecessor as head of the division of diversity, equity and inclusion. The idea for the book was sparked by Prince in 2020, when she approached Mone about the need for an inclusive rendition of UWM history. Prince retired in 2021.

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