Interfaith activities, service to be focus of Better Together Days at UW-Eau Claire

A series of events will be held April 8-13 at UW-Eau Claire in observance of Better Together Days, a week of opportunity for colleges nationwide to increase on-campus interfaith cooperation through education, service and fellowship.

Better Together Days is a project of the Interfaith Youth Core national organization. The following Better Together Days activities, open to students, faculty and staff, are planned at UW-Eau Claire:

  • “Native American Religion,” a presentation by Dr. Larry Martin: Monday, April 8, 2-3 p.m., Vicki Lord Larson Hall Room 1142 (CETL). Martin, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of American Indian studies/philosophy and religious studies, will discuss the beliefs and complexities of Native American religions. (UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff who register online in advance can earn EDI Tier 2 professional development credit by attending this presentation.)
  • “Can We Talk About It? Religion on Campus,” a discussion led by Teresa O’Halloran, Tuesday, April 9, noon-12:50 p.m., Vicki Lord Larson Hall Room 1142 (CETL). O’Halloran, UW-Eau Claire’s director of affirmative action, will lead a discussion of the law and policy related to religious and other worldviews on campus. (UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff who register online in advance can earn EDI Tier 2 professional development credit by attending this presentation.)
  • “Better Together” informational display, Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12, McIntyre Library entryway. Learn more about the goals of interfaith work on a college campus, and view resources for more in-depth examination of building a sense of community among faculty, staff and students of all religions and worldviews.
  • Service-Learning Informational Session: Thursday, April 11, noon-12:30 p.m., Vicki Lord Larson Hall Room 2110. Students can receive assistance with finding a service-learning project, filling out the online application, finding a mentor and getting answers to any related questions.
  • Personal care items drive for the UW-Eau Claire Campus Harvest Food Pantry: Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12. Campus Harvest purchases food in bulk at a greatly reduced cost from its local partner, Feed My People Food Bank. However, personal care items are generally not available in this way — and many of our students struggle to afford these expensive yet essential items. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to donate needed personal care items in drop boxes at numerous locations around campus. Better Together Days personal care items drive.
  • Global Youth Service Day: Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Coordinated by the UW-Eau Claire ECLIPSE program as part of this national day of service, students are encouraged to be a part of service projects at various organizations in the Eau Claire community. Learn more.

Better Together Days at UW-Eau Claire is organized by a group of faculty and staff who participated in an interfaith book group offered through the university’s equity, diversity and inclusion professional development initiative. For more information about Better Together Days or ongoing campus interfaith initiatives, email wonderka@uwec.edu.