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Circles of Change receives Campus Compact grant

Circles of Change — a partnership among UW-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College, the Eau Claire Area School District and the Eau Claire community to facilitate positive social change — has received a $5,000 grant from Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

Participants in Circles of Change include people from all walks of life and backgrounds. They meet in dialogue and action teams for discussion and to develop proposed plans for initiatives that will lead to real change in terms of race relations on campus and in the community. A fall 2017 Circles of Change cohort is currently engaged in a six-week session that runs through Nov. 11.

Circles of Change was one of 40 grant recipients from the Campus Compact Fund for Positive Engagement, for which there were nearly 300 applications from across the country. Dr. Audrey Robinson, Circles of Change co-coordinator and director of UW-Eau Claire’s Academic Skills Center, submitted the grant application.

The idea for the Circles of Change initiative came out of UW-Eau Claire’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Implementation Team efforts. Read a story about Circles of Change, as well as a first-person account from Patti See, a participant from UW-Eau Claire.