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UW-Eau Claire Students
Plan March Retreat
MAILED: March 13, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- Thirty-seven University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students are planning their own experiential retreat to explore issues that involve diversity.
The retreat, slated for March 27 and 28 at the Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall Creek, is designed to address topics such as race, culture and ethnicity.
Students are part of a psychology course titled "Ethnicity & Culture." Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, a lecturer in the psychology department, teaches the class.
After viewing the Wisconsin Public Television programs "Skin Deep" and "Skin Deep in Wisconsin," the students decided they wanted to replicate a similar experience for themselves, Knutson-Kolodzne said. The programs brought together diverse groups of college students for candid conversations about race. Students hope their retreat will foster a dialogue among students of different racial backgrounds and that those discussions will lead to a greater insight and understanding of all people, he said.
The outcome of the pilot retreat will help determine whether similar retreats are organized for other classes, Knutson-Kolodzne said. The event may be taped and later televised in an effort to help educate people about diversity issues in the community, he said.
UW-Eau Claire's psychology department is sponsoring the event, but students are seeking additional assistance from community organizations. Organizations interested in assisting with the project can contact Knutson-Kolodzne at (715) 233-0343 for additional information.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 13, 1998