See shares Circles of Change experience in essay

| Judy Berthiaume

Wondering what it’s like to spend hours with a dozen people — mostly strangers — talking about race relations at UW-Eau Claire and in the Chippewa Valley?

In a recent Volume One essay, Patti See shares her powerful experience as a part of a pilot Circles of Change discussion group.

The Circles of Change initiative brings people from UW-Eau Claire and surrounding communities together to talk about race relations, with a goal of helping to create positive social change that makes the campus and community a more welcoming place for everyone.

Circles of Change groups, which include 10-12 people, meet for two hours six times.

All the groups then come together to share their experiences, and to decide on specific action plans they want to initiate based on their discussions.

The program began in the spring with three pilot groups.

This fall, 10 or more Circles of Change discussion groups will launch, with new groups forming each semester.

The Circles of Change program is a key initiative in UW-Eau Claire’s EDI Plan, which reflects the university’s commitment to educational equality and its desire to serve an increasingly diverse region.

Interested in being part of a Circles of Change group? Contact Dr. Audrey Robinson at 715-836-2200 or robinsoa@uwec.edu or see the Circles of Change website.

Photo caption: Patti See is a distinguished student services coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Academic Skills Center and a senior lecturer in women's studies.