Winona State University Inclusion & Diversity Office Events

Winona State University is committed to cultural diversity and understanding on campus, and to prepare all members of our community for successful living in a global society. The Office of Inclusion & Diversity offers a variety of programs and initiatives for students, faculty, staff and the community.

Tunnel of Oppression 


Tunnel of Oppression

March 21 - March 23, 2016 @ 8pm-4:30pm, Exhibit rooms - Upper Hyphen - Kryzsko Commons

"The Tunnel of Oppression is a campus grassroots diversity program that originated in 1993 at Western Illinois University. Using the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California as a model, Tunnel strives to give people a way to experience oppression in a hands-on way. By engaging emotions of the participants, it allows for the accounts expressed in the program to be truly effective. People may have never been placed in these types of situations, and they obtain a sense of what it actually feels like to be oppressed or discriminated through the sights and sounds they experience. While Tunnel may be disturbing, it is an effective tool used to teach people about how it really feels to be in the various situations of micro-racial aggressions and stereotype threats.

Rosa Clemente Portrait 

Rosa Clemente

"If I were President: Liberation For a New Generation"

April 4, 2016 @ 7pm, Somsen Auditorium

Rosa Clemente, community organizer, freelance journalist, and Hip Hop activist will deliver this year's Women's History Month Keynote. Rosa Clemente ran for Green Party Vice President in the 2008 U.S. election. Along with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, the pair became the first women of color ticket in American history. Rosa Clemente will discuss the intersections of Black Lives Matter, #SayHerName, Afro-Latino organizing, and prison abolition wile envisioning what it will take to build a multiracial social justice movement.

Every year the Inclusion & Diversity Office hosts a number of unique and insightful speakers. These speakers discuss cultural diversity and promote a global society. You can view last year's speakers and a short description of their topics.

Dr. Haki Madhubuti - January 19, 2016

Dr. Haki Madhubuti

Professor Madhubuti is an award-winning poet and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, the American Book Award, an Illinois Arts Council Award, the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award and others. Professor Madhubuti is also a founder and chairman of the board of the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

In 2006, he was awarded the Literary Legacy Award from the National Black Writers Conference for creating and supporting Black literature and for building Black literary institutions. He received his third honorary Doctor of Letters from Spelman College in May of 2006. In 2007, he was named Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine. In May of 2008, Professor Madhubuti was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Art Sanctuary of Philadelphia. In 2009, he was named one of the “Ebony Power 150: Most Influential Blacks in America” for education. In 2010, he was presented with the President’s Pacesetters Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, and was awarded the Ninth Annual Hurston/Wright Legacy prize in poetry for his book, Liberation Narratives. At the 2013 “Bridge Crossing Jubilee,” Professor Haki R. Madhubuti was inducted into the Hall of Resistance at the Ancient Africa, Enslavement and Civil War Museum in Selma, Alabama. Two recent book-length critical studies on Madhubuti’s literary works are Malcolm X and the Poetics of Haki Madhubuti by Regina Jennings and Art of Work: The Art and Life of Haki R. Madhubuti by Lita Hooper.

Professor Madhubuti earned his MFA from the University of Iowa. His distinguished teaching career includes faculty positions at Columbia College of Chicago, Cornell University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, Morgan State University, and the University of Iowa. He is the former University Distinguished Professor and a professor of English at Chicago State University where he founded and was director-emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center and director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. Professor Madhubuti served as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University for 2010-11.

Gabrielle Wynde Tateyuskanskan - January 20, 2016

Gabrielle Wynde Tateyuskanskan

Gabrielle Wynde Tateyuskanskan is an educator, visual artist, and poet who lives with her family in the rural community of Enemy Swim on the Lake Traverse reservation. Her visual artwork is included in the permanent collections of St. Joseph’s Indian School, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, the Cultural Heritage Museum in Pierre, South Dakota, the Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center, and in private collections.

Gabrielle is active in promoting social change and restorative justice through her participation in the Dakota Wokiksuye 38+2 Memorial Horse Ride and the Dakota Commemorative Walk. She has been published in an anthology about that walk, In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors (Living Justice Press, 2006), and she is also published in This Stretch of the River (Oak Lake Writers’ Society, 2006).

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu - February 16, 2016

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu was educated at Morgan State, Illinois State, and Union Graduate School. He has been a guest speaker at most universities throughout the U.S., and has been a Consultant to most urban school districts. He has authored 33 books including national best sellers, Black Students: Middle Class Teachers; Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education; An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne’s Poverty Theory; Raising Black Boys; 200 Plus Educational Strategies to Teach Children of Color; and his latest title, Understanding Black Male Learning Styles. His work has been featured in Ebony and Essence Magazine, and he has been a guest on BET & Oprah. He is also a frequent guest on the Michael Baisden show.

Dr. Nicholas Hartlep - April 5, 2016

Dr. Nicholas Hartlep

Dr. Hartlep is a graduate of Winona State University. He was previously an Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an “Urban 13″ University, where he earned his PhD in the social foundations of urban education. He is a former public school teacher, has taught in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as abroad in Quito and Ecuador. He is also an author, and currently working on his second and third book. Dr. Hartlep’s interest in counseling and transracial adoptive family dynamics stems from the fact he was adopted from Seoul, South Korea when he was approximately 16-months old. Additionally, his research includes Critical Race Theory and the “model minority” stereotype. As an adult adoptee, in 2011, Dr. Hartlep received a scholarship from the Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (GOA’L) that allowed him to return to Korea to see where he was born. He is married to his wife Stacey and is the proud father of two Amerasian daughters, Chloe Haejin and Avery Hana, with another child on the way. He is an avid runner and reader. Currently Dr. Hartlep is an Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at Illinois State University (Normal, IL). His book is published through Tate Publishing, a mainline publishing house dedicated to working with aspiring authors and giving their book its best chance in the marketplace. If you’ve ever thought about publishing a book, you should visit