GLOW Student Leadership and Diversity Conference

GLOW Student Leadership and Diversity Conference

Join us for the 2023 GLOW Leadership and Diversity Experience

Empower yourself through a series of engaging sessions and events that build skills in leadership, equity, inclusion and justice. 

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Building Awareness

Tunnel of Awareness

Launches Thursday, March 23

The Tunnel of Awareness is a virtual immersive experience that brings awareness to contemporary social justice topics impacting our local and global communities. It aspires to develop engaged citizens and leaders, in the Gateway community, the region and the world who serve as engaged representatives for social change.

In each virtual exhibit, which includes written information, multimedia components and interactive activities, participants are introduced to a series of scenes that educate and challenge them to think more deeply about the issues at hand.

Leadership and Diversity Institutes

Open to Gateway students, staff and community members.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Thursday, March 23 • 12–1 p.m. | Kenosha Campus - Academic Building (A130)
Listen in as TAG program students share their personal stories of courage, leadership, student success and disability management.

Actions to Advance Equity, Inclusion and Justice with Dr. Mikaila Brown  

Friday, March 24 • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Join via Zoom 
This interactive presentation, led by Dr. Mikaila Brown, will guide participants in the 21-Day Challenge in processing the new awarenesses developed throughout this process. Together, we will explore how to best use the new emotional, social and psychological muscles that were cultivated during the challenge as well as how to sustain and mature these muscles past the initial 21 days. We will also discuss actionable steps on how this community can continue to support each other in building a more inclusive mindset moving forward. The goal of this presentation is to assist each participant in discerning how to use the challenge as a launchpad to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in their personal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) journey.

Learn more about Mikaila and The Common Thread Project.

 Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts  

Tuesday, March 28 • 6–7:45 p.m. | Join via Zoom 
“Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.” - Susan Sontag

Have you sat silent in the face of stereotypes and bias? You didn’t know what to say? Were you afraid to speak up? Staying silent in the face of demeaning comments, stereotypes or bias allows these attitudes and behaviors to thrive. This undermines our ability to create an inclusive campus, workplace or organization where each person is welcomed, treated with respect and able to do their best work. Yet, many times we want to speak up but don’t know how to. So, we say nothing. In this workshop, explore why people don’t speak up against stereotypes and other bias behaviors. Additionally, enhance your skills for speaking up against stereotypes with useful, easy-to-learn techniques as you communicate in a diverse world.

Leading Bravely

Thursday, March 30 • 6–7:30 p.m. | Join via Zoom 
In honor of Women’s History Month, hear from a diverse panel of successful women leaders, and be inspired by their leadership experiences – whether quiet or loud, bold or timid – to lead bravely.

Critical Dialogue: Tunnel of Awareness

Friday, March 31 • 11 a.m.–12 pm | Join via Zoom 
In this session, we will engage in a lively discussion on the Tunnel of Awareness – a virtual experience that highlights contemporary social justice issues and introduces participants to the concepts of oppression, microaggressions and other issues communities face globally, nationally and locally. 

Leadership and Diversity Institutes

Open to Impact Fellows only. Information on how to join will be sent via email.

S.P.A.R.K: Social change agents through Purpose, Advocacy, Resiliency and Knowledge

Tuesday, March 28 • 12–1 p.m. | Impact Fellows Special Session
In this powerful session, Impact Fellows will explore purposeful leadership and vision as a catalyst to motivate individuals to make a difference in their communities, as social change agents.

Leadership and Diversity Institutes

Open to Gateway staff only. Information on how to join will be sent via email.

Crucial Conversation - What Critical Race Theory Is

Tuesday, March 28 • 9:30–11 a.m.
Join us in listening and learning from Michele Hancock, vice president of College Culture for Inclusion at Carthage College, as she speaks on Critical Race Theory (CRT). Her impressive educational background and experience working with educators to lead systemic change in underserved schools fuels her unique perspective and understanding of CRT.

Equity Report by Academic School

Wednesday, March 29 • 11 a.m.–12 p.m. 
This session will introduce the brand new Equity Report by Academic School for fiscal year 2021-2022. This report evaluates diversity, equity and inclusion at Gateway Technical College with a special emphasis on comparisons between the academic schools within. One goal is to aid each division in understanding its successes and opportunities for growth in promoting equity. This report summarizes and synthesizes various data sources that were previously housed in separate locations. By combining the data into one report and looking at it holistically, stakeholders can better understand the realities students face.

Community and Belonging

Open to Gateway students, staff and community members.

Chill & Justice: Music Listening Sessions

Friday, March 24 • 3–4 p.m. | Join via Zoom 
Friday, March 31 • 3–4 p.m. | Join via Zoom 
Music is believed to have the power to break down social walls and overcome differences that divide us. Join us as we listen to songs of social justice, change and inspiration as examples of how music can influence people, movements and society.  

Gathering of Leaders: Unapologetic Leadership & Tapping into Our Growth Mindset

Thursday, April 13 • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Racine Campus, Lake Building - Student Commons
Gain new ideas, challenge old ways of thinking, be empowered to make a difference and develop a leadership identity and vision through networking and exploring important issues in leadership and diversity. Hear from our engaging keynote speakers, Angela Haney, 2020 alumna of the Human Services program and 202 graduate of Alverno College, and Megan Bahr, 2022 alumna of the Professional Communications program and current Wisconsin Technical College Systems student representative, who will share tapping into our growth mindset and unapologetic leadership.