People to Know: Dr. Kimberly Barrett
Diversity and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords to Dr. Kimberly Barrett. They are values she lives and are embedded in the work she does every day at Lawrence University.
Barrett, vice president for diversity and inclusion and associate dean of the faculty, says the university’s focus on diversity and inclusion has “changed the way we do things. For example, in our hiring practices, we seek out a wide pool of applicants and do what we can to diminish implicit bias” when choosing the final candidate.
She adds most people want to be fair, just and inclusive, but society “isn’t built that way.”
The university has multiple programs in place to provide education on diversity and inclusion.
“We have upstander training to help people to know what to do when they see bias and have partnered with the (History) Museum at the Castle to bring their exhibit here on African Americans in Appleton to help raise awareness,” Barrett says.
When college students faced racial backlash when walking along College Avenue a few years ago, Barrett focused on strengthening the relationship between the city and the university.
“We need to capitalize on the benefits we bring to each other,” she says. “We need to create a welcoming and belonging environment where community members feel welcome at Lawrence and students feel welcome in the community.”
Barrett says she’s pleased about the work the university is doing around diversity and inclusion. “I’m so proud of the board of trustees. They started an anti-racism task force to form specific goals and metrics to hold themselves accountable on social justice issues,” she says.
Save Our Spots
3 Sheeps Brewing Co. in Sheboygan has released its second SOS (Save Our Spots) beer designed to encourage customers to visit their local bars and restaurants, order food and buy gift cards or merchandise along with the beer.
The beer is a collaboration between 3 Sheeps, 1840 Brewing Co. in Milwaukee and 608 Brewing Co. in La Crosse. Operation SOS#2 is available in 16-ounce cans.
Check 3sheepsbrewing.com/find-us to locate bars and restaurants that carry the special brew.
Remembering mill fight
Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson has written “One Day Stronger,” a book looking at how he, employees and the union fought and won to save the Appleton Coated mill in Combined Locks after it was closed and sold to a scrap dealer. Proceeds from the book will be donated to Jobs with Justice, a nonprofit fighting for workers’ rights, and the Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton, the original home of Henry James Rogers, who managed the Appleton Pulp and Paper Mill.
Ready to rock … safely
The new EPIC Event Center in Green Bay is opening for its first concert on April 15 with a performance from rock band Otherwise. The center will open with limited capacity in a podded format that will allow groups of up to six to be seated together. All pods will be spaced 6 feet apart. EPIC Event Center also will perform temperature checks upon entry and ask that masks be worn whenever outside of the assigned pod. With a capacity of 2,100 guests, the venue will initially operate at about 25 percent of capacity due to the pandemic.