Waking Up White

An Awareness Event for Breaking Down Barriers and Creating an Inclusive Community

with Debby Irving, March 1, 2017


Participants will understand white privilege, discover their own identity, and work to build a strong Pointer and Stevens Point community for all populations.


To develop awareness of our own identity in the context of white privilege in the 21st century, explore systemic issues including racism and systems of inequality on our own campus and in the larger community, and collaborate as a community to identify action steps to serve all populations.


    1. Participants will be able to explain white privilege and power and why it’s important to understand.
    2. Participants will explore U.S. social groups and how they interrelate, and specifically focus on UWSP and the Stevens Point community.
    3. Participants will discover new understandings and skills that develop your ability to be adaptive and successful in multiple cultural settings.
    4. Participants will collaborate to break down barriers that interfere with student success.
    5. Participants will learn methods and steps to support students, faculty and staff when racist actions happen on campus and in the community.

Future Opportunities for Exploration, Discussion and Action – Collaboration and Action Steps

Diversity Council is exploring institutional barriers students encounter, reviewing policies and procedures and making recommendations for change that breaks down barriers and better supports students, faculty and staff.

Contact Cathy Scheder, Chair – Diversity Council, with any questions: cscheder@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4403.


March 1, 2017
DUC Alumni Room

1-3 p.m.
I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?

(90 - 120 minute Community Presentation)

3-4 p.m.
Book Signing

4-6 p.m.
Leveling the Playing Field

(Campus and Faculty presentation)

7-9 p.m.
I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?

(Student Presentation)

Register for the non-student events here.