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Faculty members receive reading seminar grants for promoting diversity

RELEASED: Feb. 24, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Three University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members have been awarded campus reading seminar grants by the University of Wisconsin System's Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

The three recipients are Lissa Martinez, program coordinator for the Blugold Beginnings Program; Jodi Thesing-Ritter, Dean of Students Office; and Dr. Larry Solberg, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. All three were recipients of the award in 2009.

Martinez and Thesing-Ritter received their grant to develop a reading seminar for the book "What Makes Racial Diversity Work in Higher Education: Academic Leaders Present Successful Policies and Strategies" by Frank W. Hale Jr.

Solberg received his grant to develop a reading seminar for the book "Reading for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Anti-Semitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism and Classism" by Maurianne Adams et al.

IRE's campus reading seminar grants support reading groups and scholarly exchanges on subjects dealing with race, ethnicity, diversity, equity and inclusivity. Funds are made available for the purchase of books that focus on those themes. Participants in the seminars include faculty members, academic and classified staff, students and community members.

For more information about the Institute on Race and Ethnicity, contact Judy Treskow at 414-229-4804 or visit their Web site.

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