MATC hosts first "Diversity Dialogue" forum in the Sherman Park neighborhood

Posted at 6:34 PM, Nov 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-12 19:34:03-05

The Milwaukee Are Technical College held its first "Diversity Dialogue" forum on Saturday at Washington High School.

The first forum focused on "Race as a Social Construction" and State Representative David Bowen was there.

"After the unrest of last summer, after the results on Tuesday, there are calls to make sure we are doing what we need to do," said Bowen.

Inspired by the efforts to rebuild Sherman Park, the free forums gives people a chance to share their ideas about race, ethnicity, and other forms of cultural diversity. 

The community workshops are led the school's sociology instructors and are based on topics discussed in MATC's "Introduction to Diversity Studies" course.  Attendees who participate in the full series will receive a certificate of completion from MATC. 
Future forums will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at Washington High School, located at 2525 N. Sherman Blvd. 
The next forum topics include:
  • Dec. 10 - "Concepts of Diversity" 
  • Jan. 14 - "Immigrant Cultures of the U.S." 
  • Feb. 11 - "Privilege and Implicit Racial Bias" 
  • March 11 - "Institutional Racism and its Effects" 
  • April 8 - "Social Movements of Yesterday and Today" 
  • May 13 - "Celebrating Diversity" 
Pre-registration is not required to attend. For more information, call Jennifer Mikulay, MATC Associate Dean Of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at (414) 456-5325.