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.
University-wide themes began in Fall 2007. That year, a flash flood caused extensive damage in our region a week before the start of fall classes and the focus of our work became to facilitate the enormous outpouring of support from faculty, staff and students during the semester and the year.
The flood year resulted in a firm understanding for many members of WSU and the Winona community of the power and responsibility of WSU to teach its students in ways that connect them to relevant and authentic need.
Since then, we have organized our engagement efforts around deliberate theme years of education and celebration. Each year, we involve thousands of students and community members in a variety of class projects, lectures, common book reading, theatre and dance productions, and community-connection workshops around the theme.