Identities Project

Identities Project

The Identities Project is a Student Affairs-sponsored cross-campus collaboration with the Diversity Committee, Breaking Barriers Diversity Club, and other campus entities that provides opportunities for our community to explore and discuss gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class, ethnicity, and other facets of identity through intentionally-reflective civil dialogues, lectures, documentaries w/discussions, and other programs.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend these free events, listed below!

Continuing the Conversation: Identities Project Feedback

The Identities Project committee recognizes that in order to further the conversation regarding the intersction of identities on our campus, we need the voices of many individals. We invite and encourage you to share your ideas and perspectives about how future Identities Project events can improve.

Improvement is a continuous effort, and an integral part of our mission. If you would like an avenue to help us do that, please click a link below!

Feedback - How can we improve? Would you like to continue the conversation with an Identities Project team member?

Get Involved! - What topics should we engage with? Want to assist with an event, or join our committee?


Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:30-9pm

Identity and the Media: Discovery and Distortion

Curious how media shapes our perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world around us?  Hungry for honest, constructive conversations about challenging issues?  Want to know what the Identities Project is all about? Join us for first Identities Project event of the year. Fall treats, scintillating media clips, and thought-provoking conversation (with all-star panelists) included.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7pm, FAC Main Theatre


Ethics Lecture with Kao Kalia Yang, author of Viterbo's First Year Student Summer Read The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

Join us for a D.B. Reinhart-sponsored lecture with Minneapolis-based author Kao Kalia Yang.  In her book, The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang recounts the harrowing story of her family’s captivity, the daring rescue undertaken by her father and uncles, their narrow escape into Thailand where Yang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, and their eventual relocation to Minnesota.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 3:30-5pm
RC Boardroom


Healthy Living Week: Documentary and Discussion on Embrace and Body Image

Join us as we watch Embrace, a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. Embrace is told from the point of view of Director Taryn Brumfitt as she travels the globe talking to experts, women in the street, and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions.

After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post-production, Taryn and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all life changing. Embrace had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it made it into the festival directors’ top 5 picks and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Documentary.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7pm, San Damiano Chapel

Theology on Tap: Mindfulness in the Age of Twitter

Join us for a thought-provoking Theology on Tap event featuring Judith Valente, author of How to Live. Free root beer floats will follow the presentation. All are welcome to attend!

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7-8:30pm
NRC 196

Monica Ramos, NY Times Editorial

Civil Dialogue on Substance Abuse: Crime or Illness?

Our first Civil Dialogue of the year will deal with the increasing prevalence of substance abuse in our community and our world. We'll explore the many ways people conceive of substance abuse, hear from expert panelists, and engage in a respectful, substantive conversation together about how we approach this important and sometimes contentious issue.

Saturday, Oct. 13, Veterans Memorial Park in West Salem.  Buses depart every 30 minutes starting at 12noon.

La Crosse Hmong New Year Festival and Cultural Celebration

Viterbo is partnering with the La Crosse Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency to help sponsor this year's annual La Crosse Hmong New Year's Festival. Viterbo will cover admission and transportation for Viterbo students who sign up to attend.  Viterbo's Hmong Ambassadors will provide a brief introduction to Hmong culture and the importance of the Hmong New Year before we board the bus.  This is an incredibly opportunity to experience one of the most important celebrations of one of our largest local ethnic populations (for FREE!), so be sure to sign up here

Monday, Oct. 15, 7pm, FAC Main Theatre

Ethics Lecture with Rachel Lloyd, Author of Girls Like Us

Join us for a D.B. Reinhart-sponsored lecture with author Rachel Lloyd as we continue our campus-wide conversations around human trafficking.  Rachel Lloyd is the founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) and is an advocate of the New York state's Safe Harbour for Sexually Exploited Children Act. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale. This event is free and open to the public. More details can be found line at

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7pm, FAC Main Theatre Lobby

Southern Poverty Law Center: How to Respond to Hate Speech

Join us for an engaging evening as experts from the nationally-recognized Southern Poverty Law Cetner talk explore effective ways to respond to hate speech.  Sponsored by Viterbo University and the La Crosse Interfaith Justice and Peace Network and the Shoulder to Shoulder Network. As with all Identities Project events, all are welcome.


Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7-8:30pm (NOTE THE NEW TIME!), NRC 196

Civil Dialogue on Rape Culture and #MeToo

Join us for an honest, factual review of the rise of rape culture in the United States and conversation about the achievements and limitations of the #MeToo movement.  Event will include panelists holding a range of perspectives, multimedia snapshots, and snacks.

Thursday, November 29, 7pm, RC Boardroom

LA Johnson/NPR

SGA Documentary and Discussion: Hunger and Homelessness in College

Hunger and homeless are issues that face roughly 1 in 4 college students; in some areas, the rates are even higher.  Learn more about this issue, how you can support those suffering from hunger or homelessness, how you can get the support you need, and how we as a community can counter the effects of this distrubing trend.  All are welcome and snacks will be provided.

Saturday, December 8,
4:30 pm, Black Box Theater

Acting Studio Production of "Student Body"

A group of buddies is hanging out in their campus's scrappy theater, surrounded by plywood and power tools, when a freshman arrives seeking advice. She has discovered video on her camera from last week's party, and amid the revelry is footage of what looks like a rape. Should she call the cops? Delete the file? What if the apparent victim was willing-- or the apparent rapist was someone they know? As the group debates, argues, and eventually votes (then votes again, and again) on what to do, stories from that night emerge, revealing that everyone present played some role in what happened, and everyone has something lose.

Join Viterbo theatre students as they share a compelling story of of difficult ethical questions through drama. A talkback with the cast and community resources will take place after the production.  


 Questions? Please contact a member of the Identities Project Planning Committee:

Colin Burns-Gilbert (
Justice Carson (
Margy Frazier (
Kirsten Gabriel (
Jacob Hart (
Brian Pilsner (
Maurice Savage (