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2013 MCIC Presenters

Download the Third Annual Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference agenda from 2013.

Reyna Grande
Perspective on Immigration

Reyna Grande is an author, speaker, and educator. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, received a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies, was also critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Award.

Her recent memoir, The Distance Between Us, chronicles her journey from Mexico to the United States and her youth as an undocumented immigrant.

At a time when immigration politics are at a boiling point in America, Grande is an important public voice for Mexican Americans and immigrants of every origin. The Distance Between Us has the power to change minds and hearts.

Maya Lily

Maya Lilly
Mixed: A One-Woman Show

Maya Lilly’s play, Mixed has been described as the first truly multi-cultural portrayal of Americans. Finally, the narratives of those ignored by the U.S. Census for years; those who have fallen through the cracks of the political system; those who were once told by doctors that they might be born “degenerate” or “deformed.” After centuries of misunderstanding, these stories make the audience understand what it is to belong to many cultures and, simultaneously, to none.

Mixed began as a series of more than 200 interviews to discover how people responded to the simple question, “What are you?” The interviews took place in person or over the phone; some were with people Lilly knew and others were complete strangers, speaking to her from all over America. She wanted to use these responses to create a theatre piece of some sort.

At every venue where Mixed is performed, it receives standing ovations. It recently won the Actor’s Repertory competition for “Best Solo Show,” in Los Angeles, California.

Will Allen

Will Allen
Good Food Revolution

Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations through his Growing Power Inc. organization.

Allen is recognized as the pre-eminent practitioner of urban agriculture in America and throughout the world. In 1993, wanting a place to sell his produce, he located a vacant garden center with three acres on Milwaukee’s north side.

Allen took up the mantle of teacher and trainer, and the impromptu gathering of neighborhood children became the Youth Corps, a program that continues today.

In May 2010, Time magazine named Allen as one of 100 World’s Most Influential People.

Joe and Bil, Keynote Topic LGBTQ

joe and bil
Rethinking Heterosexual Privilege

Joe recently began a new appointment as the 15th President of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt. Joe has been recognized with numerous outstanding professional awards in the field of student affairs.

Bil is the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Services for the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. In their program, “When the Gays Move Into Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood,” Joe and Bil explore the realities and human dimensions of living in a world of heterosexual privilege.

Maura Cullen, Keynote Topic Ability

Maura Cullen
Taking Adversity Out of Diversity

Dr. Cullen is considered one of the foremost authorities on issues of diversity and leadership having worked with over 500 organizations with audiences ranging from eight to 8,000 people.

Cullen earned a doctorate in social justice and diversity education and has 25 years experience as a diversity trainer/speaker at over 500 universities and organizations.

She is the author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen The Diversity Gap.

She is a Higher Education Student Affairs Professional and a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute.

Wes Moore, Keynote Topic Veteran Status/Race

WES MOORE
Potential is Universal

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

His first book, The Other Wes Moore became an instant bestseller. He graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Moore served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army’s 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. He then served as a White House Fellow.

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MCIC: Registration

MCIC Registration

Early Bird Registration
(on or before Sept. 17, 2014)

  • Full Conference: $125
  • 1-day Conference: $75
  • Presenters: $75
  • Non UW-Platteville Students: $50
  • UW-Platteville Students: FREE

After Early Bird Registration 
(on or before Sept. 18, 2014)

  • Full Conference: $150
  • 1-day Conference: $100
  • Non UW-Platteville Students: $50
  • UW-Platteville Students: FREE

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MCIC: Schedule

Schedule at a glance

Thursday, September 12

7:30–8:30 am | Registration, breakfast
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

8:45 am | Welcome: Chancellor Shields
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

9–10 am | Keynote: Joe and Bil
Rethinking Heterosexual Privilege
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

10–11 am | Presidents Panel
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

11:10 am–noon | Breakout Sessions
Various locations

12:10–1:10 pm | Keynote: Will Allen
Good Food Revolution

Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

1:10–2:10 pm | Lunch
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

2:10–3 pm | Breakout Sessions
Various locations

3:10–4:30 pm | Breakout Sessions
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

4:45–5:45 pm | Keynote: Reyna Grande
Memoirs of Immigration

Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

6–7 pm | Dinner
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

7–9 pm | Salsabrosa
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

Friday, September 13

7:30–8:30 am | Registration, breakfast
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

8:30 am | Keynote: Maura Cullen
Taking adversity out of diversity

Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

9:40–11 am | Breakout Sessions
Various locations

11:15 am–noon | Keynote: Maya Lilly
Mixed, One Woman Play

Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

Noon–1:10 pm | Lunch, Q&A Maya Lilly
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

1:10–2 pm | Breakout Sessions
Various locations

2:10–3 pm | Breakout Sessions
Various locations

3:10–3:50 pm | Breakout Sessions
Various locations

4–5 pm | Keynote: Wes Moore
Potential is Universal
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

5 pm | Q&A, Book Signing and Closing
Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

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