Target Audience

The primary audience for this symposium is teams or individuals working directly on hate/bias education, prevention, response, and healing within a higher education setting, which typically includes: 

  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Affirmative Action Directors
  • Counseling staff
  • LGBT+ Directors
  • Multicultural Directors
  • Campus Climate Coordinators
  • Residence Life stakeholders
  • Violence Prevention Specialists
  • University Police
  • Student activists

This symposium will also benefit higher education faculty/staff/administrators who understand this work is bigger than one person or any team, anti-racist and social justice-centered K-12 educators, businesses/organizations who care about people, and those who want to do their part to advance inclusivity, equity, and justice within our collective spheres of influence. 

Hate/Bias Symposium 2019
December 3–4, 2019 
Student Union, UW-La Crosse

Sponsored by the UW-La Crosse Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate and the UWL Hate Response Team, in partnership with We Are Many United-Against Hate.

Monday, December 2

6–7:30 p.m. Building Community Gathering Global Grounds Global Grounds

Tuesday, December 3 

7:45–8:15 a.m. Registration & Breakfast Refreshments  Bluffs
8:15–8:45 a.m.  Opening Remarks  Bluffs
8:45–9:30 a.m. Keynote: Overpowering Hate
Masood Akhtar 
A proud Indian American Muslim will talk about the “We Are Many United Against Hate" movement (formerly Anti-Hate Registry) he started in response to President Donald Trump’s idea of starting a “Muslim Registry”,  and advise us all how to work together and empower our youth in an effort to build an inclusive community and prosperous America free of violence and extremism.
9:30–9:45 a.m. Break 
9:45–11:15 a.m. Concurrent Session 1 
Analysis of Classroom Hate and Bias Report Data to Support Anti-Racist, Anti-Sexist Teaching
Roi Kawai, Minneapolis Public Schools

3110 K-12, Higher Education, Faculty, Instructors
Did They Really Just Say That?! Being An Active Bystander
Lena Tenney, The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
3314 Bystander Intervention
The First Amendment, Free Speech, and Hate Speech
Nizam Arain, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

3310 Policy, Censorship, Academic Freedom, Legal Issues
Everybody Wants Part of the Culture
Jazzma Holland, Shaundel Spivey, & Andrew Rasmussen | B.L.A.C.K. (Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge)

3120 Community Engagement, Community Organizing
Kenosis: A Christian Theological Approach to Action
Rev. Benjamin Morris, Lutheran Campus Ministry La Crosse
3130 Christianity, Campus Ministry, Theology
Letters of Love & Dissent | Healing & Hope Through Art
Unfacilitated Open Art Space
11:15–11:45 a.m. Art meets Activism
Dany Bicoy & Student Art Sale 
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m Lunch Bluffs
Film Screening: Inclusive Negligence & Home is Where We Aren’t  Bluffs
12:15–1:15 p.m. Seeds of Radical Hope: Student Voices as Catalysts for Change
UW-La Crosse students & UW-Madison Student Inclusion Coalition
1:15–1:30 p.m. Break  Bluffs
1:30–2:30 p.m. Concurrent Session 2
Hate Response in Residence Life
Matt Evensen, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
3120 Higher Education, Residence Life
Latinx Equity in Higher Education: Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Conundrums
Stephanie Bohlman, St. Cloud State University / Winona State University
3314 Higher Education, Faculty/Instructors, Staff
The Work of Calling In vs. Calling Out
Deka Dancil, Syracuse University, New York
3110 Bias Response, Bystander Intervention, Compassion
Hot Pursuit to Change: Arresting the Divide Between Police and Marginalized Communities
Chris Schuster, AJ Clauss, Lore Vang | University of Wisconsin-La Crosse & Madison Police Department
3310 Law Enforcement, Police/Community Relations
Teaching Of Islam
Muslim Youth Association, Dane County
3130 K-12, Religion
Letters of Love & Dissent | Healing & Hope Through Art
Unfacilitated Open Art Space
2:45–3:45 p.m. Branches of Collective Action: Intra Community Roundtable Discussions 
Hate/Bias Response Positions & Teams
Facilitated by Amanda Florence Goodenough & Matt Evensen
3310 New/Emerging Positions or Teams; Established Positions or Teams
Higher Education Practitioners
Facilitated by Satya Chima & Willem Van Roosenbeek
2310 Student Affairs Graduate Students; Entry-Level Professionals; Seasoned Professionals; Administrators
Faculty & Academic Affairs
Facilitated by Ryan McKelley & Tesia Marshik
3130 Professors; Instructional Staff
Student Activism
Facilitated by UW-Madison Student Inclusion Coalition
3105 College students; High School students
K–12 & Community
Facilitated by anada mirillia & Shaundel Spivey
3110 Superintendents; K–12 Teachers/Staff; Non-Profits; Community Organizations 
Legal Issues, Law Enforcement, & Student Conduct
Facilitated by Betty Jeanne Taylor, Nizam Arain & Chris Schuster
3120 Police Officers; Title IX Coordinators; Affirmative Action Directors; Student Conduct Enforcers
Create-Your-Own Roundtable Conversation  Bluffs
4–5 p.m. Student Voices Matter
Awareness through Performance 
5–5:30 p.m Community Wrap-Up | Day One 
Closing remarks by Ida Balderrama-Trudell
5:45–7 p.m. Dinner on your own
7:15–8:30 p.m. Film Screening & Facilitated Discussion  120

Wednesday, December 4

8–8:30 a.m. Breakfast Refreshments  Bluffs
8:30–8:45 a.m. Welcome Back Remarks Bluffs
8:45–9:30 a.m. Keynote: Tiptoeing Through Minefields
Mike McCabe
A recent candidate for statewide office and longtime government watchdog and democracy reform advocate provides an assessment of today's hazardous political landscape and advice on how to resist the impulse to duck and cover and instead fearlessly engage colleagues and students alike in civic life as tumultuous elections fast approach.
9:30–10:30 a.m. Branches of Collective Action - Part II: Navigating the Current Political Landscape
Facilitated by Nizam Arain
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break Bluffs
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Concurrent Session 3 
Speak Truth to Power Through Writing OpEds
Michelle Pitot, University of Wisconsin-Madison
3120 OpEd, Media, Beginner Content, Opinion, Publish, Writing
Caring for Self and Community: Understanding the Impact of Social Justice Fatigue on Hate/Bias Work
Caitlyn LoMonte & Sam Becker, University of Wisconsin-Madison

3314 Burnout, Self-Care, Collective Care
Waking Up From a Nightmare: The Baraboo Story of Communications Response and Healing
Lori Mueller & Holly Hendersen, Baraboo High School
3310 K–12, Crisis Response, Equity
Fat is a Social Justice Issue, Too
Laurie Cooper Stoll, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
3130 Fatphobia, Systems of Oppression, Fat Activism
Got Solidarity? Challenging Straight White College Men to Advocate for Social Justice
Jörg Vianden, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
3110 Men and Masculinities; Critical Whiteness; College Students; Social Justice; Privilege and Oppression
Letters of Love & Dissent | Healing & Hope Through Art
Unfacilitated Open Art Space
12:15–1 p.m. Lunch   Bluffs
1–2:15 p.m Panel: When Hate/Bias Makes Headlines, Goes Viral, or Meets Lawsuits: The Fallout and Response
Satya Chima, ananda mirilli, Betty Jeanne Taylor, Lori Mueller
2:15–2:30 p.m. Break Bluffs
2:30–3:30 p.m. Concurrent Session 4 
Rise of Islamophobia, Impacts and Misconceptions–What Individuals, Communities, Businesses and Law Enforcement Can Do to Resist Hate, Islamophobia, and Intolerance
Wale Elegbede, La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network
3110 Islamophobia, Collective Action, Community Action, Faculty/Instructors, Law Enforcement, Hate, Muslims, Islam
Disability Resilience through Hate & Bias
Garrett Denning, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
3314 Disability, Higher Ed, K–12, Students, Beginner Content, Social Justice
Navigating Masculinity through Trans Identity
Kayden Carpentier, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
3130 Masculinity, Transgender Identity, Gender Bias, Mental Health, Class, Violence
Preventing Burnout: Practicing Self-Care for Hate/Bias Responders
Stephanie Kyle-Brown, Edgewood College
3120 Hate/Bias Teams, Higher Education, Mental Health
Faculty Women of Color and the Perils of Social Justice Teaching
Sara Docan-Morgan, Dina Zavala, Shilpa Viswanath, Nese Nasif, Ashley Edwards; University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
3310 Faculty/Teachers, Students, Classroom Environment, Gender Bias, Racial Battle Fatigue, Microaggressions
Letters of Love & Dissent | Healing & Hope Through Art
Unfacilitated Open Art Space
3:45–4:30 p.m. Community Wrap Up–Day Two & Closing Remarks 
Closing remarks by ananda mirilli