Marquette co-hosts ‘Advancing Racial Equity in our Colleges and Community,’ March 19

March 8, 2021

Marquette University logoMILWAUKEE — Marquette University will co-host the HSI Network of Wisconsin’s virtual summit, “Advancing Racial Equity in our Colleges and Community,” on Friday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr. Deborah Santiago, CEO of Excelencia in Education, and Dr. Michael Benitez, vice president for diversity and inclusion at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Registration is available online through March 12.

The 2021 summit is designed to address racial justice in the broader sense, centering on Black voices, experiences and perspectives. The southeastern Wisconsin community will join together for the virtual event to focus on learning, action, eliminating barriers to access, challenging the systems that continue to oppress communities of color, and finding solutions in the spirit of collaboration and solidarity.

Topics to be discussed will be white privilege; multiculturalism; college readiness for black and brown youth; diversity, equity and inclusion strategy; inclusive teaching practices; and facilitating inclusion at predominantly white institutions.

The HSI Network of Wisconsin is a coalition of leaders from higher education institutions in Southeast Wisconsin that have obtained or are working toward the federal designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and are committed to attracting, supporting, retaining, and graduating underrepresented students.

HSI-NOW member institutions share information and best practices, seek out collaborative opportunities to address challenges, and engage with and serve as a resource for the broader community. By tapping into the unique strengths of each institution and creating an infrastructure of mutual support, HSI-NOW collectively builds capacity to graduate an increasing number of underrepresented students in the region and to truly serve all of our diverse community stakeholders.

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Kevin Conway

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