Diversity Week

Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) will host its annual Diversity Week starting on Nov. 14 at the Central Campus in Janesville.  Sponsored by the BTC Student Government and the Multicultural Alliance, the week will be marked by rich and exciting educational, cultural, and meaningful events highlighting the importance of acceptance and tolerance across all racial, social, and gender boundaries. 

Diversity Week will offer four events including:

Courageous Conversations
Monday, Nov. 14, 12-1 p.m.
@ BTC Central Campus -- Blackhawk Room

This panel of students, staff and faculty will lead an interactive discussion that explores practices and opportunities to create a more inclusive environment at BTC.  Discussions will center on creating a college that understands and respects student diversity while ensuring a safe, comfortable academic setting.

LGBTQ Discussion
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12-1 p.m.
@ BTC Central Campus -- Blackhawk Room

Led by Shawna Lutzow and Johanna Heineman-Pieper, this interracial couple love to combine humor and blunt honesty in talking about their sexuality, racial identities and intersectionality of racial justice and queer issues.  This workshop is designed to be a safe place for people to ask questions and learn about issues facing the LGBTQ community.

Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 12-1 p.m.
@ BTC Central Campus -- North Commons

Despite being a paraplegic and a wheelchair user, Sam Schroth doesn’t let much get in her way.  Schroth has raced in two marathons, served as Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin in 2014 and was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America in 2015.  Today, she travels the country conducting workshops to talk about the challenges people with disabilities face on a daily basis. 

Mental Health Awareness
Thursday, Nov. 17, 12-1 p.m.
@ BTC Central Campus -- Blackhawk Room

Jennifer Cagle-Huffman is the CEO/President of SOLOs Survivor of Loved Ones to Suicide.  Her organization provides peer-based grief support to help other survivors of suicide loss know that they are not alone. Cagle-Huffman travels throughout the Midwest working on suicide prevention and awareness.