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Social Justice Summit

Learn & Connect

Join us at our 2023 summit, Promoting Anti-Oppressive Practices in our Communities.

The mission of UW-Green Bay’s professional programs in social work is to promote social justice in a diverse and evolving world by engaging in practices that elevate human and community well-being. This summit is focused on current issues of social justice in Northeast Wisconsin. Please register by Tuesday, May 30.

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Save the Date for 2024

Join us June 5 on the UW-Green Bay, Green Bay campus. More details will be announced in early 2024.

Contact Us


June 7, 2023,
9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.


Green Bay Campus
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311



Event Calendar

8:30 - 9 a.m.


Phoenix A & B
Continental breakfast will be available.

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Sheng Lee Yang

Promoting Anti-Oppressive Practices in Our Communities
Phoenix A & B
Between a pandemic, economic woes and identity politics, you might find yourself concerned on how to promote anti-oppressive practices in our communities. Whether you feel you are leading your organization in diversity efforts or feel like you have been left behind with little direction, this keynote will provide some guidance on how to challenge the status quo.

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Identity Groups

Participants will be divided by racial identity group (white or Person of Color) to examine identities and what those identities bring into the workspace applying Racial Identity Theory.

  • Identity Group 1: Sheng Lee Yang – Phoenix C
  • Identity Group 2: Kou Yang Alumni Room
  • Identity Group 3: Peter Lee – 1965 Room

[Groups will take a break during the session]

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Phoenix A & B

12:15 - 2 p.m.

Learning Communities

Participants will return to the same group and room as morning session and apply concepts moving to anti-oppressive practice

  • Identity Group 1: Sheng Lee Yang – Phoenix C
  • Identity Group 2: Kou Yang Alumni Room
  • Identity Group 3: Peter Lee – 1965 Room

2 - 3 p.m.

Allyship: Building Meaningful Relationships

The pandemic exposed disparities in healthcare for minoritized populations and this issue is further exacerbated by political divide. To add to this, the nation continues to feel the repercussions of racial tension and discrimination from the summer of 2020. In this training participants will learn about the impact of allyship within our community to develop meaningful relationships during these polarizing times. This course examines the difference between an ally, bystander, a non-racist and anti-racist. Individuals will learn how to confront acts of discrimination to bridge differences and to become allies within the community. This course will also utilize the inclusive leadership continuum to help develop individuals on their journey to becoming allies. Peter Lee – Phoenix A & B

3 - 3:15 p.m.


Phoenix A & B

Continuing Education

Attending the summit in-person will award continuing education credits 5 CEHs/.5 CEUs.

Keynote Speaker & Breakout Session Leader

Portrait of Sheng Lee Yang

Sheng Lee Yang

Promoting Anti-Oppressive Practices in Our Communities: Identity


Sheng is a Hmong immigrant who arrived in the U.S. as a refugee at a young age and has remained in Wisconsin since. Today, she is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker, President and Executive Director for Us 2 Behavioral Health Care. Additionally, she is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Social Work Department. Her professional experiences include direct care and leadership positions in public, private, government and nonprofit institutions. Her personal and professional experiences helped cultivate a vision to integrate social justice and cultural humility into mental health. On September 3rd, 2019, Sheng led the opening of Us 2 Behavioral Health Care to increase access to health care in the community.

Breakout Session Leaders

Portrait of Kou Yang

Kou Yang


Kou is the co-founder and Director of Strategy for Us 2 Behavioral Health Care Inc. Currently, his various roles with the agency include DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) training & consulting, and BIPOC leadership development. He has a professional background in Accounting and Finance and has worked for large, global corporate organizations with roles in various business functions including Accounting, Finance, Procurement and Global Supply Chain.

Portrait of Peter Lee

Peter Lee


Peter is a first-generation Hmong American born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. He currently serves as a diversity and inclusion consultant who sees himself as a catalyst for cultural and systemic transformation in the Fox Valley. His professional experiences include working as an educator for the past 10 years in various communities across Wisconsin and Chicago. By building healthy and positive relationships, Peter seeks to establish safe and inclusive environments for everyone in the community to feel safe, respected, and connected.

Portrait of Teri Zuege Halvorsen

Have Questions?

If you have questions about the summit, please contact Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, Executive Regional Manager, at (920) 663-7316 or email to learn more.

Email Teri