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Advancing our Diversity Commitments: Guided by our Dominican Values
2020-2021 academic year diversity update
The 2020-2021 academic year continued to be a challenging year for our campus community as we battled the global pandemic. The 2020 fall semester curriculum was largely delivered in an online format and many of us continued to shelter in place and work from our home offices to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As things slowly started to open in the spring semester, campus life also began to reemerge. Offices began to re-open, more faculty were offering in-person classes, and leadership made a commitment to “return to better” and offer in-person classes during the 2021-2022 academic year.
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Edgewood College Celebrates Pride Festival
National Coming Out Day

Edgewood College faculty, staff, and students came together on October 11, 2021, to celebrate National Coming Out Day! The festivities of the day included a Pride Walk and a Pride Picnic. One attendee stated "This day is so symbolic to the LGBTQ+ Community... No matter where you're at in your own Queer journey, today reminds us all that our community is continually growing and changing."

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Edgewood College Named as "Best for Vets: Colleges" List
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Edgewood College has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2021 list. This marks the fifth year Edgewood College has earned this honor.

For the first time, Edgewood College is ranked in the top 50 of colleges and universities across the U.S.  The College is the highest rated institution of the six colleges and universities in Wisconsin who received this honor.

More than 300 schools participated in the latest Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges survey, which included more than 70 questions seeking details about the school’s costs, programs, policies, and services that impact military-connected students. Federal data from the U.S. Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs and Defense, were also considered.

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New Vice President for Mission, Values, and Inclusion
Dr. Milton Bravo

Edgewood College is pleased to announce the appointment of Milton Javier Bravo, Ph.D., to the new post of Vice President for Mission, Values, and Inclusion. The announcement is the culmination of an exhaustive national search lasting more than a year. The Cabinet-level position will oversee all institutional efforts that express the Dominican Catholic mission and values of Edgewood College, which includes ongoing work toward dismantling racism through diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Dr. Scott Ellsworth Featured Keynote
Hatheway History Lecture Series

Edgewood College is honored to welcome Dr. Scott Ellsworth, author of the best-selling book The Ground Breaking, for a special Hatheway History Lecture. The lecture is at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, in Anderson Auditorium. The event is free, and Greater Madison is invited. The event will also be streamed via WebEx (link below).

Published this year, The Ground Breaking tells the long-suppressed story of the notorious Tulsa Race Massacre, which sees its 100th anniversary this year.  The book also unearths the lost history of how the massacre was covered up, and of the courageous individuals who fought to keep the story alive.

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A Dominican Vision for Antiracism

We have embraced the vision of becoming antiracist and multicultural by intentionally dismantling our racist structures, practices, and procedures. We want to collaborate and work together as a collective with others who challenge racism in the world. Together, we will transform our world into a holy and just society for all.
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Brooklyn Doby

Jul 31, 2019, 09:41 AM
β€œI think it’s important for everyone to have a voice on campus, so their experience and their goals don’t get lost.”
For Brooklyn Doby, explaining where she goes to college is easy – it’s usually the next question that gets her laughing and shaking her head.
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For Brooklyn Doby, explaining where she goes to college is easy – it’s usually the next question that gets her laughing and shaking her head.

“I almost hate explaining my major, because no one knows, and then you have to explain it to every person you encounter.”

Despite that, we ask (please) that she try at least one more time.

“I like to explain Art Therapy as helping people cope visually versus verbally,” she says. “These can be people who have dealt with trauma, or people looking for outlets to relax, or for people who don’t express themselves very well. It’s a way to show your story. The images you create can provoke a conversation. I guess there’s not really a clear answer – maybe it’s a way to allow your art to speak for you.”

“I came to Edgewood College specifically for the Art Therapy program,” she adds.

The Madison native and senior Art Therapy major is a leader on campus, a student who extends the theory of art as a communication vehicle into the campus community, and beyond.

“I think it’s important for everyone to have a voice on campus, so their experience and their goals don’t get lost,” she says. “It’s important for everyone to express themselves some way and get their name out there, so people know who you are, so you make an impact.”

Brooklyn has just finished up her term as president of the Black Student Union, an organization she’s been involved with since her freshman year. She’s been involved with the Multicultural Student Advisory Council, a group that assists with the coordination of the annual all-campus Diversity Forum (that's Brooklyn below, speaking at this year's Forum).

“I want to be someone that others feel they can come to. I want to make sure that I’m known as a friendly face to someone that can be helpful and be an advocate for them,” she says.

And she isn’t just studying how to do that. During her sophomore year, she hosted a ‘paint night’ on campus, specifically inviting women of color – students, faculty, and staff. Her art has been part of the Student Exhibition in the Edgewood College Gallery each spring, and she has a mural she created for the Teen Center at Madison’s Elver Park.

“My artwork pertains to a lot of positive images of people of color, so my goal with Art Therapy is to uplift specifically the Black community,” she says. “My goal is to work with women of color, to help them feel more confident in themselves through art, or to deal with their life situations through art, because a lot of times there’s not many positive images in the media of them.”

An advanced degree is in her future after graduating, she says, and she hopes one day to have her own studio and gallery. But for now she’s focused on making sure all her fellow students feel heard – through art or otherwise – and all make the most of the opportunity education presents.

“It’s important to make people feel like they belong,” she says, “and to make them feel like they accomplished something throughout their college years.”
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