2015-16: 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.

  • 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)