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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

February 15, 2008

UW-Green Bay workshop will explore minority, majority concerns

GREEN BAY-"Life as a Minority and a Majority: An Inclusive Perspective" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Christie Theater in University Union is the first in a series of Race Awareness Workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Workshop organizers note that the country will enter uncharted territory around the year 2050 when whites become a minority. The program will offer a look at present concerns of minorities and majorities and how these concerns may change in the future.

Presenter Gema Garcia is on the staff of the Multicultural Center at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She is a volunteer at St. Willebrord Church where she assisted in the church's early years of welcoming Spanish-speaking parishioners, and she is the primary coordinator of the annual Hispanic Independence Day Parade and Festival which aims to bring together residents of the various Spanish-speaking countries who celebrate their independence days in September, and to welcome people of all cultures. Garcia has a master's degree in management of organizational behavior from Silver Lake College.

Members of the response panel include Peter Kellogg, associate professor emeritus at UW-Green Bay; Mai Lo, multicultural adviser at UW-Green Bay; Erik Farley, assistant dean of students for multicultural affairs at Lawrence University; and Patrick Delabrue and Kathy Koehn, both students at UW-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay student Nicole Merckes and community member Chris Swan will serve as resources. The panel moderator is Buffy Ruffin, UW-Green Bay multicultural adviser.

The event is free and open to the public. The workshops are part of The Human Mosaic programming series at UW-Green Bay.

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08-31 | Contact: Virginia Dell dellv@uwgb.edu, (920) 465-2144



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