MAILED: Jan. 8, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE - Eau Claire area community members are being sought to participate in local discussion groups regarding ethnic diversity.
The University/Community Committee on Diversity is seeking participants for its "Circle of Change" program.
"The program involves community roundtable discussions and citizen forums to identify and address diversity issues in the Chippewa Valley," said Joseph Hisrich, committee chair.
The project will include about 30 community members who will serve as roundtable/forum facilitators, and another 150-180 community members as participants. The committee is now accepting applications from people interested in being group participants.
"Circle of Change" will involve about 15 groups with eight to 12 community members per group. The trained co-facilitators will lead the group discussions.
Participants are being sought from all areas and interests within the Eau Claire community.
"Circle of Change" participants must attend four two-hour discussions in February and March. Sessions will be available at various times, days and locations.
"The idea is to bring together members of the community, public schools and college in a non-confrontational atmosphere to talk about issues that have created tension," Hisrich said. "The sessions are mediated discussions where all points of view are heard and considered. This process should make participants aware of others' opinions and ideologies as well as the implications of their own attitudes."
Topics to be discussed will grow from community concerns and will address how one's economic, cultural, gender, religious and racial attitudes affect community values and solidarity, Hisrich said.
Discussions will get under way in February, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's UW-Eau Claire Forum presentation serving as the kickoff event.
The committee is made up of Eau Claire community members and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students who are interested in exploring diversity issues in the Chippewa Valley.
Those community members interested in participating in or learning more about "Circle of Change" should call (715) 836-5989.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 22, 1997