Resources

Consistent with our Mission to increase awareness and understanding of and pride in the cultural diversity of our communities, we have included links to organizations, events and other resources. These are offered to help expand our awareness of each other, our strengths and our challenges. Included below are resources we have found so far in our explorations. Any omissions of groups are unintentional. We welcome suggestions on resources you know. Please share! Thanks.

Historical Resources

The Wisconsin Historical Society.

The Society’s Mission, Vision and Values are: Mission: The Wisconsin Historical Society connects people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing stories. Vision: Enriching and transforming lives through unparalleled access to history. Values: We believe that increasing the public's knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit.

Wisconsin Biographies:

Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. For each story, a 3-5 minute animated video engages learners of all ages. The content was designed around 4th grade standards, but is appropriate for use with younger and older students.

Ethnic, Racial Perspective Resources

What Is Race: PBS Series

Race is one topic where we all think we're experts. Yet ask 10 people to define race or name "the races," and you're likely to get 10 different answers. Few issues are characterized by more contradictory assumptions and myths, each voiced with absolute certainty. In producing this series, we felt it was important to go back to first principles and ask, What is this thing called "race?" - a question so basic it is rarely raised. What we discovered is that most of our common assumptions about race - for instance that the world's people can be divided biologically along racial lines - are wrong. Yet the consequences of racism are very real.

Check Your Biases with the Implicit Bias Tests:

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.

Love Has No Labels.

Love Has No Labels is a movement to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people across race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. We believe love is the most powerful force to overcome bias. We celebrate diversity and encourage people to come together because we know, together, we can create a more inclusive world.

The Race Card Project:

I asked people to think about their experiences, questions, hopes, dreams, laments or observations about race and identity. Then, I asked that they take those thoughts and distill them to just one sentence that had only six words. What would your 6 words be?

Cultural Opportunities in Wisconsin and the Region

Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a city comprised of many diverse cultures, religions, and identities, which we celebrate and pay homage to in several ways. We have festivals, restaurants, galleries, dance troupes, and theaters that showcase every ethnic culture and faith that call the city home, plus a very LGBTQ friendly atmosphere. Additionally, the City of Milwaukee and VISIT Milwaukee welcome travelers of all abilities for both business.

Green Bay:

The Multicultural Center of Green Bay is committed to supporting intercultural exchange and an appreciation of the unique traits each ethnic group brings to the Green Bay area. We support the preservation and sharing of diverse cultures, as well as the full inclusion of all individuals at every level of our community.

The Cultural Wellness Center: Minnesota

Unleashing the power of citizens to heal themselves and build community. The health of one’s cultural identity is directly related to one’s personal health, the health of one’s community and one’s cultural group. Culture and epistemology are integral to understanding human behavior. Reconciliation and bridging between cultures contribute to healing in the cultural dimension, which, in turn, affects community and personal health.

International Institute of Minnesota

Helping New Americans achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life. The Institute supports this mission by providing linguistically and culturally accessible services that enable every New American to work toward achieving full community participation and self-sufficiency.

Specific Ethnic, Cultural, Racial Groups Resources

This section is a work in progress. So, Please share with us other resources, which we can add to this section. We apologize for missing any ethnic, cultural and racial groups at this time.

African American: The National Museum of African American History & Culture

Through the African American Lens: The museum’s 12 inaugural exhibitions focus on broad themes of history, culture and community. These exhibitions have been conceived to help transform visitors’ understanding of American history and culture and to help visitors adapt to and participate in changing definitions of American citizenship, liberty and equality.

American Indian: The National Museum of the American Indian:

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life.

Native America Today

Native America Today represents an alliance between Native American Media and News From Indian Country, a unit of Indian Country Communications. Our mission is to bring forward current news and thought-provoking journalism, while bringing people closer together by broadening perspectives of Native Ameican peoples, marginalized by traditional stereotypical images.

German American Heritage Museum

The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® serves as the national membership association for German-American heritage. GAHF cultivates a greater awareness for German-American heritage and history through outreach efforts that deepen cultural understanding.

Hispanic Cultural Center

The National Hispanic Culture Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic cultures, arts, and humanities. The Center presents over 70-0 events and creates the opportunity for thousands more through its art museum, library and genealogy center, and educational resources.

Hmong Cultural Center

HCC's Mission is to promote the personal development of children, youth, and adults through education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness between Hmong and non-Hmong.

Hmong Assistance Center- Wausau

HAC’s programs and services have changed to meet new individual, family, and community needs as the Southeast Asian population has become more diversified. The majority of current programs are directed toward enhancing family self-sufficiency, family stability, community integration, and higher education.

Norwegian Heritage Center

Livsreise (lifs-rye-sa) translates to “Life’s Journey.” It is a generational journey, encompassing not only the physical journey Norwegian emigrants traveled, but also the continued journey as generations embrace their Norwegian Heritage here in Stoughton, Wisconsin and across the nation. The Livsreise logo is inspired by the åttebladrose, or eight petal rose, commonly found in Norwegian textiles.

Polish Heritage Museum

The Polish Museum of America was established in 1935 as the “Museum and Archives of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America.” The first public display area opened on January 12, 1937 in a specially designed and constructed room within the headquarters building of the PRCUA. From that date the Museum’s collection and importance grew very rapidly and quickly gained autonomous status as “The Polish Museum of America” with its own governing board of directors.

Culture and Health Care

Cultural Difference in Understanding Health and Using Health Care:

La Crosse Medical Science Health Science Consortium exists to promote the importance of delivering cross culturally competent health care to people living in our communities.
Cross Cultural Competence is a personal journey. It is the process of developing and becoming aware, seeking knowledge, gaining understanding and appreciation of differences in order to: 1.Demonstrate sensitivity and respect; 2.Communicate effectively; 3.Advocate for equality in healthcare.

Civility, Respect, Tolerance

Institute for Civility in Government:

The Institute for Civility in Government is dedicated to reducing the polarization of our political and legislative processes by facilitating dialogue, teaching respect, and building civility in both the public and private spheres.
“Civility is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process.”

The Civility Center

The Civility Center mission is to be the catalyst for conversation about civility in society and to provide leadership, resources, and tools that empower and enable individuals and organizations to be civility champions in their communities.

The National Institute for Civility:

NICD envisions elected officials who work collaboratively to tackle the big issues facing our country; a media that accurately informs and involves citizens; and a public that actively engages with its government -- of the people, by the people, for the people. Joining forces, we can ensure that civility emerges once again as the glue that binds, repairs and strengthens our Democratic nation.

And the NICD 7 Day Civility Challenge.

Teach Tolerance: Resource for Teachers:

Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.

Diversity Guide for Students Considering College.

The National Association for Media Literacy Education

The National Association for Media Literacy Education is a national organization dedicated to media literacy education. Our Vision is to see media literacy be highly valued by all and widely practiced as an essential life skill for the 21st Century. Our Mission is to be the leading voice, convener and resource to foster critical thinking and effective communication for empowered media participation.