THE MRC SCOOP NEWSLETTER

MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER

THE MRC LOCATION CHANGE

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) will temporary be located in room C-123B until January 2022! Please stop by and visit the new location.

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Mission

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) strives to grow and sustain a culture where all people are valued for who they are and who they will become. This includes but is not limited to: gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, age, religion and socio-economic status. Each person is treated with respect, and all students and staff are given access to resources that will encourage their success.


Vision

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) seeks to prepare all students and staff to work actively toward equity by providing knowledge, dispositions, and skills for acceptance and inclusion among diverse groups. The MRC offers all students and staff, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups at WCTC, a safe place to call their own.


Support Services


  • Assistance with admissions, placement testing, financial aid and scholarship applications
  • One-on-One Case Management
  • Educational Workshops
  • Course Completion
  • Progress Reports
  • Liaison between schools, families, and community to address barriers to academic achievement
  • Study skills, time management, and how to access tutorial assistance
  • Leadership development, including the Multicultural Student Mentoring Program
  • Personal and social support
  • Small group meeting space, study area, and computer lab
  • Build a positive relationship with students, faculty and staff

Multicultural Resource Center Staff




Cyndy Taormino

Coordinator, Cultural Engagement and Inclusion

Email: ctaormino@wctc.edu

Office: 262-695-3424

Mobile: 262-525-1331

Zoom:https://calendly.com/ctaormino/30min

THE NEW STUDENT WORKERS IN THE MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER

Terry Mckee-Cocroft

Property Management student


A recent 2021 graduate of the Human Resources program, Terry is continuing her education at WCTC studying Property Management and hopes to apply her skills to her future business endeavors. By serving as a student worker in the MRC, she hopes to leave an impact on future students for years to come.

Lorena Andrade-Truijillo

Mechanical Engineering Technology student


Lorena is in her second year at WCTC with plans to graduate in May 2022 and earn her associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. After graduating from WCTC, she plans to transfer into a four-year college and pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Lorena hopes to make a positive impact and give back to WCTC through the Multicultural Resource Center as a student worker.

FALL 2021

The MRC promotes cross-cultural communication, awareness and understanding through programs, events and leadership development. The MRC's goal is to create a community that recognizes challenges and transforms individual attitudes toward differences while learning to celebrate the rich contributions of all cultures.


September

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

October

LGBTQ+ History Month

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

November

Native American Heritage Month

National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States. In 1990, Congress authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the month of November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Congress chose the month of the November to recognize the American Indians as this month concluded the traditional harvest season and was generally a time of thanksgiving and celebration for the American Indians.

December

Human Rights

Hundreds of protesters shed blood, in what became infamously known as the Sharpeville Massacre, for the attainment of our basic human rights. Why is it important to celebrate Human Rights Day? It is largely because of this day that Section 2 of the Constitution protects our basic rights such as that of shelter, water, justice and freedom.

MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER FALL PROGRAMMING

Hispanic Heritage month

Wednesday, Sep. 22nd, 11am-1pm

Waukesha County Technical College 800 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072

COME ONE, COME ALL!!

Join us at WCTC for The HISPANIC HERATAGE MONTH CELEBRATION! September 22 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be food ,dancers and a live band!! LOCATION: COURTYARD

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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LGBTQiA+

Thursday, Oct. 21st, 11:30am-1pm

Waukesha County Technical College 800 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072

Program: LGBTQiA+

Date: October 21, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Via zoom: https://wctc.zoom.us/j/98277896325

Speaker: Gavin Grimm

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Native American Heritage Month

Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 11:30am-1pm

Waukesha County Technical College 800 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072

Program: Native American Heritage Month

Date: November 16, 2021

Time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Location: S104C

Speaker: TBD

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Human Rights

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 11:30am-1pm

Waukesha County Technical College 800 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072

Program: Human Rights

Date: December 9, 2021

Time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Location: S104A

Speaker: Haben Girma (?)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Enroll in the MRC Canvas

Enroll in the MRC Canvas to view previous recordings of the annual programming as well as upcoming annual programming for the fall 2021 and spring 2022.

Did You Know MRC Events & Programs Qualify Towards Your SGA Punch Card?

SGA Punch Card Rules

To enter into a chance to win free tuition for the spring 2022 semester tuition, you must comply with the following rules:

  • Attend any SGA or MRC sponsored event to receive a punch (this includes virtual events/programs)
  • SGA punch card must have all 10 punches (cards can be combined to total 10)
  • Participant must have C's or better in each spring semester class
  • All eligible SGA punch cards must be submitted to Student Development (C-121)

Odds of winning are dependent on the number of participating students who comply with the rules & deadline. No purchase necessary.

You Are Invited To Join Us: For DuTALK Conversations

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DuTALK

The intention of DuTALK is to teach all members of the WCTC community to engage in civil discourse and to value dialogue over debate. We believe that learning these skills will then enable us to achieve a community culture that embraces diversity and difference as a strength and to communicate openly and honestly about controversial issues.


Two Ways That Participants Can Engage:


1. DuTalk – Cards via Zoom

Civil Discourse requires that participants be able to recognize the difference between dialogue and debate and gain familiarity with effective participation and facilitation skills. To learn these skills, new participants are encouraged to play the DuTalk© Card Game. Members of the group are asked to draw a card from a deck of brief scenarios that present a values or communication issue. The scenario is read aloud, and the group has five minutes to discuss the issue and determine the answer to the questions, “What do you do? What do you say?” Members of the group take turns practicing facilitation skills. The cards are meant to provide rapid and frequent practice opportunities.


2. DuTalk - Drop-In via Zoom

Participants join the group via Zoom, select a topic from a suggested list or generate one of their own. One member is asked to facilitate the conversation and another to record. Once topics have been selected, they are announced to the room, and participants have an opportunity to move to the topic of their choice. Conversation then begins. The facilitator’s responsibility is to ensure that the conversation doesn’t slip into debate, that participants don’t back away from conflict, that no single member dominates the conversation, and that all have a chance to participate. The facilitator remains neutral on the topic but may supply available facts, ask probing questions or summarize comments or points of view.



Dates: September 29
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom: https://wctc.zoom.us/j/91319774661?pwd=V09Zc3VTVGtndXZRbnNyT2F3b1VDQT09



Dates: October 20
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom: https://wctc.zoom.us/j/92522925979?pwd=aEdPUUNkWFhub09mQ3ZyL2tkcTMwUT09



Dates: November 17
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom: https://wctc.zoom.us/j/91456005599?pwd=cjFoa3Y4cDNSb2dSK0k2KzVXZ3V3Zz09



Hosted by: Multicultural Resource Center & Multicultural Student Union

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT MENTORING PROGRAM (MSMP)

The Multicultural Student Mentoring Program (MSMP) serves underrepresented students. It supports students of color, LGBTQ, first-generation and undocumented students to ensure their success at WCTC. MSMP empowers students to be successful leaders in their communities.


The MSMP provides case management, academic support, and access to peer mentors and resources. It encourages critical life skills through monthly leadership workshops to promote self-advocacy and community engagement, and it encourages participation in leadership conferences and social events -- all in an effort to help students feel supported during their time at WCTC.


Since the program was established in 2013:

  • It has served more than 300 students.
  • Approximately 100 faculty and staff have volunteered for MSMP to date.
  • MSMP students have achieved 3.0-grade point averages.
  • Students recently involved in the program had an 85% retention rate.
  • It has been awarded the 2017 Wisconsin College Personnel Association for Outstanding Program Award.


Interested students apply here

Multicultural Student Scholars

The Multicultural Resource Specialist provides scholars with the following on-going support services:


  • Personalized holistic coaching
  • Retention support
  • Success plan
  • Case management
  • Time management
  • Course completion
  • Leadership development


Email mrc@wctc.edu if you are interested in being a scholar.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Compliance (DEIC) Name CHANGE

The Department known as Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Compliance (DEIC) had changed its name to the Office of Institutional Belonging, Access & Cultural Engagement (BACE).


Mission:

The Office of Institutional Belonging, Access & Cultural Engagement (BACE) advocates for members of our community while emphasizing the importance of respect, cross cultural relationships and identity development. We strive to promote inclusive learning and working environments for Waukesha County Technical College students and employees.

The Office of Institutional BACE’s task is inherently integrative to help the institution become more active in increasing collective awareness about current system inequities in order to promote systemic change. This is based on internal, campus-wide collaboration. Building relationships, increasing access and dignified educational experiences, and improving teaching and learning, will lead to change over time.


Vision:

WCTC recognizes cross-cultural engagement, equity, inclusion and belonging as core institutional values that drive decision-making, resource allocation, and the development of policies and practices. It is also a place where diverse students, faculty and staff belong, and are recruited, retained and supported.


Strategic Priorities:

· Be a strong advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and compliance.

· Introduce diversity, equity and inclusion into the systems, structure, and culture of the College.

· Provide expertise and leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion matters for planning and implementation.

· Develop and revise policies and practices to make the campus more welcoming and inclusive.

· Provide resources for infusing diversity, equity and inclusion into the curriculum.

· Create collaborative opportunities that aid in retention efforts of minoritized students and employees.

Remain committed to providing a nondiscrimination and harassment-free working and learning environment.

Wisconsin Technical College System Resources

WTCS Prioritizes Diversity Equity Inclusion

WTCS Prioritizes Diversity Equity Inclusion

How to Create An Inclusive Classroom

How to Create An Inclusive Classroom

Understanding Microaggressions

Understanding Microaggressions

Responding to Microaggressions

Responding to Microaggressions

COVID - 19 UPDATES

The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask in public, indoor settings.


Self-Acknowledgment Form: All persons are required to complete a COVID-19 Self-Acknowledgment Form before entering either WCTC campus: Student Form


WCTC is following guidance provided by state and federal public health agencies. Please continue to report as soon as possible any COVID-19 related situations to covid19@wctc.edu.


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