University of Wisconsin La Crosse looking to boost diversity

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – UW-La Crosse is taking steps to boost diversity and inclusion on campus.

Chancellor Joe Gow says the university has established records for the number of students of color in recent years, but more work is needed.

UWL is going to be offering annual scholarships for first-generation and historically underrepresented students.

The funds are meant to show students of color that the university has a welcoming community.

Gow said, “We want to say this is a place where everybody has a voice, everybody belongs, and we all grow as a result of being with people who might not be the same as ourselves, i mean that’s what the essence of the university is about.”

Gow says he’s also working on a proposal to name two campus buildings after two UWL alumni of color.

The proposal must be endorsed by the university’s shared governance groups and be approved by the UW system board of regents before becoming official.

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