Winona State University Theme

For WSU and for the Winona community, partnering around year-long themes has proven to be an effective strategy for bringing faculty, staff, students and community members to the engagement table.

2015-16 Theme: Equity as A Human Right

The 2015/16 University Theme, Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community, is about upholding people’s rights, valuing diversity, challenging intolerance, and making institutional change around issues of social justice.

We live in a world where differences and diversity encompass religion, race, class, sexuality, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, ability, and language, which necessitates that we foster an affirmative environment for social change and differences.

  • How should Winona State University embrace diversity and challenge systems of oppression in ways that are inclusive, empathetic, and intellectually rigorous?
  • How do we shift our thinking from “tolerating others” to “valuing our diversity” and working for human rights?
  • How does working for equity and social justice enrich our lives?
  • What resources can help WSU Winona & WSU Rochester students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the wider community, prepare for an increasingly diverse world?

The 2015/16 University Theme planning team will address these questions in a way that will enable students, faculty, staff, and members of the wider Winona and Rochester communities to explore the intersections of identities, cultures, and abilities. 

Whether you’re a student, staff, faculty member, or a community member, you can join the fight for equity.  

Curriculum Grants

Faculty can apply for Curriculum Grants through the LaCE Committee.

Community Partners

Winona Human Rights Commission

This local Human Rights Commission for the City and County of Winona can mediate charges of discrimination and educates the community on issues surrounding human rights.  Contact the Winona City Clerk, 507-457-8200.  Join the Winona Human Rights Commission on Facebook.

Project FINE

Project FINE is a non-profit that aims to integrate new immigrants into our community.  Contact Fatima Said, FSaid@Co.Winona.MN.US.  Join Project FINE on Facebook.

Winona Area Public Schools

Contact 507-494-0861


A group of WAPS students dedicated to fighting racism and other forms of discrimination in Winona.  Contact Lora Hill, 507-494-0861.

Rochester Area Public Schools

Contact 507-328-3000

Student Clubs

The KEAP Center

The Multicultural Resource Center at WSU.  The KEAP Center is a place dedicated to developing a supportive and inclusive campus across the boundaries of culture, identity, and discipline. Celebrating unity in diversity, the KEAP Center invites all of Winona State University (WSU) students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other friends to join in its work to support a diverse and inclusive “community of learners improving our world” within and beyond WSU.  Join KEAP on Facebook.
  • Asian American Club (AAC)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Disability Awareness Club
  • FORGE - Fighting for Our Rights and Gender Equality
  • French Club
  • Club Sri Lanka
  • Gaonnuri (Korean Club)
  • GLBTA Partnership
  • Han Culture Society
  • Hillel - Jews on Campus
  • Hmong American Student Association (HASA)
  • International Club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Malaysian Student Association (MSA)
  • NOMAS - National Organization for Men Against Sexism
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
  • SSA-Saudi Student Association
  • The Chinese Student Society
  • VOCES-Spanish Club
  • WSU Nepali Club


Contact Chuck Ripley via email at

  • To increase awareness of and respect for various diverse populations already here at WSU in Winona and Rochester, not only in terms of national or ethnic origins but also in terms of ideas, beliefs, orientation, and identities.
  • To increase recognition of the intersectionalities of identities and systems of oppression.
  • To improve cultural competency and skills necessary for advancing human rights and social justice among students/staff/faculty at WSU and in the larger community.
  • To improve the campus and community climate for underrepresented students.
  • To review and make recommendation for institutional change regarding equity on campus.
  • To increase access to the resources that promote equity.

 Outcomes and Assessments: Theme Year Planning Matrix (PDF)

Upcoming Theme Year Events

*To view a full listing of this year's events, visit the Event Calendar.

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2015-16 Theme Kickoff Event

Thank you to everyone who helped us kickoff our 2015-16 Theme!