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February 20, 2013

MADISON, WI — The Associated Students of Madison’s Diversity Committee and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Society and Politics branch co-sponsored the Ethnic Studies Round Table Dinner on February 18, 2013 at Union South. The event was organized to provide students an open space to express their opinions and concerns about the current Ethnic Studies requirement. Two UW student performers, Dominique Ricks, and Michael Penn were featured, and both are First Wave Scholars at UW. The round table was highly attended, and students and faculty from across campus provided many perspectives.


Students and faculty in attendance discussed the current requirement, how the University operates it, as well as how it was originally created. Small group discussions continued over dinner, and many students discussed concerns with the current requirement, and brainstormed ways they would like to see it revised in the future. Some ideas brought up included making the requirement more applicable to different majors, and requiring students to take more than one course. The most commonly mentioned topic was making sure students wanted to take an ethnic studies course, rather than taking a course simply because it is required.


Participants wrote their ideas on notecards, which were collected after the event adjourned. These ideas will be taken back to Diversity Committee, which will read, and discuss the results before sending them on to the Ad-Hoc Diversity Plan Committee. The Ad-Hoc committee will take these results and suggestions into consideration during the discussion about the upcoming Diversity Plan.


Diversity Committee will be holding a debrief of the Ethnic Studies Round Table Event next Monday, February 25 at 5:30PM in the Caucus Room on the 4th floor of the SAC.




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