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!

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Thursday, Sept. 6, 3:30-5pm


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


Healthy Living Week: Healthy at Every Size/Body Image

More information to come Summer 2018.


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

Theology on Tap: How to Live - Finding Happiness, Meaning, and Community

A Theology on Tap event with Judith Valente.  More information to come Summer 2018.


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

Civil Dialogue on Substance Abuse: Crime or Illness?

More information to come Summer 2018.


Afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 13, Veterans Memorial Park in West Salem

La Crosse Hmong Cultural Festival and New Year's Celebration

More information to come Fall 2018.


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

TENTATIVE: 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.  More information to come Summer 2018.


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

Southern Poverty Law Center: How to Respond to Hate Speech

More information to come Summer 2018.


Late October

Theology on Tap: Interfaith Conversations

More information to come Summer 2018.


Tuesday, Nov. 13, 3:30-5pm

Civil Dialogue on Rape Culture and #MeToo

More information to come Summer 2018.


Thursday, November 29, 7pm

SGA Documentary and Discussion: Hunger and Homelessness in College

More information to come Summer 2018.



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

Colin Burns-Gilbert (
Margy Frazier (
Kirsten Gabriel (
Jacob Hart (
Andrew Kyle (
Brian Pilsner (