Social Justice & Equity Events

The Viterbo Social Justice and Equity Committee works to create events to help educate and enhance social justice and equity efforts. Below you will find upcoming events for Viterbo community members, events hosted within the larger La Crosse community, and past recordings of events.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to any of the social justice and equity committee members. 

Upcoming Viterbo Events
Past Viterbo Social Justice & Equity Events

Immigration 101 and the Viterbo Community - Friday, April 30th 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Workshop By: Immigration attorney Steve Laxton and Michelle Pinzl

Did you miss the event? Watch the recording HERE. If you are interested in receiving the PowerPoint slide deck please email Michelle Pinzl at or Megan Pierce at

When it comes to immigration in the US, do you know the difference between DACA and undocumented statuses? Could either of these types of immigrants have a pathway to citizenship under current immigration law? Do any of the children arriving at the border have a pathway to legal status in this country? If any of these questions sound like things you have wondered about, please join Immigration attorney Steve Laxton and Michelle Pinzl on April 30 from 12:30-2pm to learn about immigration basics in the US today and how this information may relate to Viterbo policies, protocols and the community at large. The main objective of this presentation and dialogue is to help attendees to understand how to better welcome our immigrant neighbors into our academic institution.


The Macro Effect of Microaggressions- Monday, March 15th 2021 3:30PM

Workshop By: Amanda Florence Goodenough

View the recording of the event HERE (Link accessible by Viterbo students, faculty, and staff)

  • Macro Effect of Microaggressions 
    • It's like 10,000 little cuts: microaggressions. It's a more contemporary form of bias… often subtle and well-intentioned, but it still cuts deep. Join Amanda Florence Goodenough to explore these everyday, commonplace exchanges (as they relate to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and other identities) and the negative impact they can have on the target person, group, or overall campus climate. Participants will discuss how micro-aggressions are hiding in plain sight for some of us, while painfully obvious to the rest of us. Collectively, we’ll practice noticing, disrupting, and responding to the many manifestations of microaggressions in our daily lives, on campus, and within the larger society, and how we can move from hurting to healing.
    • Learn more about our presenter Amanda Florence Gooodenough, Director of Campus Climate at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse
      • As the Director of the UW-La Crosse Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate, Amanda (she/her/hers) and her team provide workshops, resources, and assessment to advance social justice, equity, and inclusion throughout the organizational culture. As part of her responsibilities, Amanda has provided leadership for Awareness through Performance and the Hate Response Team for over a decade, and has co-founded RISE UP (Racial & Intersecting Identity Symposium for Equitable University Progress) and the nationally-growing Hate/Bias Response Symposium. Operating from a cultural humility framework, Amanda constantly strives to recognize structural oppression, disrupt inequity, speak truth to power, and elevate historically marginalized voices and experiences.
    • Did you miss Amanda's first presentation-- Cultural Humility: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence to Advance Equity & Social Justice?
      • You can access the recording HERE

    Breaking Barriers Diversity Club & FSPA Present:

    Chevara Orrin--A Movement Not A Moment: 21st Century Activism

    Tuesday, February 23rd 2021 7:00PM (Virtually)-- Recording now available HERE!

    Presenter Bio: Chevara Orrin believes in connecting passion with purpose to discover personal potential. She is a diversity & inclusion strategist, social entrepreneur, published author, social justice activist, independent filmmaker and public speaker. Her work and passion lives at the intersection of gender parity, racial equity, LGBTQ equality and arts activism. Chevara is also a survivor of childhood poverty, incest, teenage pregnancy, and domestic violence. Her personal journey of tragedy and triumph has inspired Chevara to use her experiences and voice as a catalyst to ignite social transformation.