By Jim Biros
The University of Wisconsin-Superior will conduct its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Thorpe Langley Auditorium in Old Main. A reception will follow in the Multicultural Center located in Old Main, Room 232.
This public event will include graduation ceremonies for nearly 50 students involved with First Nations, Lavender, Multicultural Affairs, and Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center.
“This is our favorite time of the year,” said Jerel Benton, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Senior Diversity Officer at UW-Superior. “We get to celebrate our students that we serve in the Department of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. This is such a special occasion, as many of these students have overcame many challenges and systemic barriers to get to this point of their lives, whether that is raising a family, integrating back into civilian life, or being the first person to navigate higher education. Our staff has the pleasure of experiencing the ups and downs of these students’ experience, but also get to see the tremendous growth that happens over time.”
Chantele Nelson, a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Jamaica, has been selected as the student speaker for the event. Since coming to campus in 2016, she has been involved with UW-Superior’s Office of Multicultural Affairs as an outreach specialist, student manager, leadership mentorship student lead, and program coordinator.
“One event she is most proud of was the ‘Escape the Tropics’ event, which collected proceeds for the UW-Superior Food Shelf and Flint, Michigan,” said Benton.
A McNair Scholar, Nelson has also been involved as a founding member of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Student Advisory Board, serving as vice president of the Black Student Union, Student Support Services, and World Student Association.
Old Main is located at 1710 Weeks Ave. in Superior.