KNOW YOUR IMPACT!  TODAY IS FULL OF POSSIBILITIES.  The 2019 Rebuilding for Learning Summit will feature a compelling meld of state and local speakers As in year’s past, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Join us starting at 7:30 for a light breakfast, coffee, and socializing. The welcome will begin at 8:00 am. Breakout sessions this year focus around the endless possibilities available in our community that make an impact in the lives of students and families in La Crosse.

***Don’t forget to register for the three keynotes and lunch.  
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Monday, October 28 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community LIMITED

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Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community (CHMC) is a La Crosse regional program designed to widen the awareness, understanding, respect, and empathy for the lived realities of people with a wide range of racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. In September of 2019, twenty-four local racially and ethnically diverse small group facilitators were trained by Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan from Nurturing Diversity Partners. These facilitators, led by Reggie and Fran, were then matched with forty-eight community leaders for a series of four-three hour Deep Dive Dialogue Sessions over the course of two retreat weekends in October and November. The program included two Public Presentations the second of which will take place on Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at English Lutheran Fellowship Hall. (Flyers available)
CHMC is the first of three components for the 2020 Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative. The second component is a community reading of the book Waking Up White. To date over 1200 Waking Up White books have been purchased for a book read with 25 different organizations/groups and a large La Crosse Public Library Read is planned for next summer.
The final component is for La Crosse to host the White Privilege Symposium in October of 2020 at the La Crosse Center.
The tremendous collective effort to bring together this multiyear initiative and its impact on the La Crosse region will be discussed.

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Maggie Xiong

Part of the CHMC Co-Leader Team, Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community
Yer Maggie Xiong is the Social Justice Director at the non-profit agency called Cia Siab Inc., and she was the former Multicultural Advocate at the non-profit agency New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers with the Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (D.A.R.T.). Yer received her Bachelor’s... Read More →
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Pat Lunney

Part of the CHMC Co-Leader Team, Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community
Patrick Lunney has lived in the Coulee Region for the last 30 years. He and his wife Lori have six children, are active members of La Crosse Area Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and volunteer at the First Teen Clothes Closet. Pat is the Faith Alive Storytelling Coordinator... Read More →
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Darrell Ferguson

Part of the CHMC Co-Leader Team, Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community
Darrell Ferguson is a Special Needs Paraprofessional in the Onalaska public school system. Darrell is also an actor for the Enduring Families Project. This Project uses reenactments of local African-American historical figures to portray their presence as part of La Crosse’s history... Read More →
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Mary Nelson

Part of the CHMC Co-Leader Team, Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community
Mary Nelson is a retired physician who has lived in the La Crosse community for over 35 years. She has been motivated to join forces with people who are trying to make a change in this community and the world in part by the reading of Waking Up White. These are her words:"I consider... Read More →
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Thomas Harris

2020 Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative, Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community
Thomas Harris is Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at UW-La Crosse.

Monday October 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:35pm CDT