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‘Institutional Racism and Its Effects’ Topic of MATC’s ‘Diversity Dialogues’ Forum on March 11

The community workshops are based on topics discussed in MATC’s “Introduction to Diversity Studies” course.

By - Mar 1st, 2017 10:21 am

MILWAUKEE (March 1, 2017) – “Institutional Racism and Its Effects” will be the focus of Milwaukee Area Technical College’s March “Diversity Dialogues” forum. Set for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 11, the free, public discussion will be held in the cafeteria at Washington High School of Information Technology, 2525 N. Sherman Blvd. Dr. Pamela Malone, MATC sociology instructor, will be the main presenter.

Inspired by efforts to rebuild relationships in the Sherman Park community after the violence broke out last summer, MATC designed the monthly forum to gather the community to learn and share ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, religion and other forms of cultural diversity.

“We hope these sessions can be used as a model for an ongoing, community-wide discussion that could be a catalyst to transform lives and our community,” said Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC president. “It is my hope that these monthly discussions will lead to substantive changes, not just in Sherman Park, but throughout Milwaukee.”

The community workshops are based on topics discussed in MATC’s “Introduction to Diversity Studies” course. Sponsored by MATC’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, remaining discussions include:

  • Saturday, April 8 – “Social Movements of Yesterday and Today”
  • Saturday, May 13 – “Celebrating Diversity”

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call Jennifer Mikulay, MATC associate dean of liberal arts and sciences, at (414) 456-5325.

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Approximately 40,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers 200 academic programs; nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees; and a School of Pre-College Education, which assists people with completing high school, preparing for college or entering the  workforce. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services.

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