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August 30-31, 2009

The Experience Diversity is a one-and-a-half-day welcome program for multicultural new students.  It offers unique opportunities for these students to meet each other; have fun at a cookout; get to know faculty, staff, and administrators; learn about in and out of classroom experiences from keynote speakers, student leaders panel, and faculty members; tour their classrooms and buy textbooks; and pick up valuable information and interact with student organizations and academic/support services at the resource fairs. Students will not only experience diversity, but will also connect with the various multicultural and other offices that will help them transition and succeed at UWM. Following is a tentative program schedule:

Sunday, August 30, 2009 (for students and families)
  Location: Pangaea Plaza (an area outside of Student Union between Bolton Hall and Lubar School of Business)
  2:00 p.m. Meet-and-Greet Cookout
    Multicultural Student Organization Fair (meet and join various student organizations)
    Activities: Chalking, Coloring
    Mime: Timothy Sledge
  2:30 p.m. Music/Entertainment: Felipe Rodriguez, School of Education
  3:00 p.m. Welcome Program
    Jim Hill, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
    Jay Burseth, President of UWM Student Association
    Michael Powell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Climate
  3:20 p.m. Performances: Greek Step/Stroll
  3:40 p.m. Door Prizes (see below for a list of donors)
  4:00 p.m. Ice Breakers and Games
    Parent Session (Union Ballroom)
  6:00 p.m. Optional/Free Recreation Center Activities (Union WB95)
  Note: Parking is free in the Union Garage and UWM parking lots on Sunday.
     
Monday, August 31, 2009 (for students)
  Location: Union Ballroom (first floor of Student Union)
  9:30 a.m. Check-In & Continental Breakfast
  . Flute Performance: Mary Clare Wegner, Junior, Anthropology
  10:00 a.m. Welcome Program
    Welcome: Rita Cheng, Provost and Vice Chancellor
    Opening Remarks: Michael Powell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Climate
  10:15 a.m. Faculty Session
  11:15 a.m. Morning Keynote Session
    Speaker: Mark Denning, Diversity Consultant
  11:45 a.m. UWM Resource Fair (meet representatives from various departments and offices)
  12:00 p.m. Lunch & Door Prizes
  12:30 p.m. Luncheon Program
    Welcome: Carlos Santiago, Chancellor
    Panel Discussion: Student Leaders
  1:30 p.m. Making the Connection Program (tour your classrooms and purchase textbooks)
  3:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Session
    Speaker: Margaret Henningsen, Co-Founder of Legacy Bank
  3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Snacks & Door Prizes

To register for this exciting program, please fill out the Experience Diversity Registration Form (Word File or PDF File) by August 17, 2009 and mail it to Linda Huang at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201; or e-mail it to exp-div@uwm.edu; or call 414-229-5566/5433. You may also contact any of the Bolton Hall multicultural centers (Black Cultural Center, African American Student Academic Services, American Indian Student Services, Roberto Hernandez Center, or Southeast Asian-American Student Services) for more information or registration.

Looking forward to seeing you on August 30-31, 2009!

This event is co-sponsored by:
Division of Academic Affairs, Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Chancellor, Black Cultural Center, African American Student Academic Services, American Indian Student Services, Roberto Hernandez Center, Southeast Asian-American Student Services, Academic Opportunity Center, Union Programming, Union Sociocultural Programming, Women's Resource Center, First Year Center, Office of Equity/Diversity Services, Student Association, Multicultural Student Coalition, Department of Recruitment and Outreach.


Thanks to the following sponsors that have donated prizes to this event:

Bravo Restaurant, Culvers, The Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Indian Summer Festival, UWM Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, UWM School of Education, UWM College of Health Sciences, UWM School of Information Studies, UWM College of Nursing, UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, UWM Bookstore, UWM Partnerships and Innovation, UWM Family Weekend Program, UWM Athletics Department.