Identities Project
Identities Project


The Identities Project is a student affairs sponsored cross-campus collaboration with the Diversity Committee, Breaking Barriers Diversity Club, and other campus entities that provides opportunities for our community to explore and discuss gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class, ethnicity, and other facets of identity through intentionally-reflective civil dialogues, lectures, documentaries with discussions, and other programs.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend these free events.


Thursday, Sept. 12
7-8:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Tara Westover
D.B. Reinhart Ethics Lecture with Tara Westover, Author of Educated

Tara Westover is the author of Educated, Viterbo's 2019 Common Read. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. 

Join the Viterbo community for this free lecture, paired with the 2019 common read of Educated. 

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Constitution Day
Constitution Day Event

Join the Identities Project for Viterbo's annual Constitution Day event! More details to follow.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

Men in Nursing and Women in STEM: The Gender Binary in Professional Settings

Have you ever heard that nursing is a "women's job" or that Technology jobs are "better suited" for men?

Join our panel as they explore what the gender binary means to them, as well as share their experiences working in traditionally gendered careers.

Thursday, Sept. 26 
3:30-5 p.m.
Nursing 101

Identity and the Media: Discovery or Distortion?

Where are you getting your information? Are you able to identify bias in reporting?

Join us as we examine a current news story through the lens of multiple news outlets to see which identities are pulled out, and the stories that are formed as a result. 

Tuesday, Oct. 1
5 p.m.
UW-L Clock Tower to Western Technical College to Viterbo University

Take Back the Night March (in partnership with UWL and TC)

Take Back The Night Events have been documented in over 36 countries, in over 800 communities, with more locations taking a stand every year.  We have reached over 30 million people with our message of strength and support, and our commitment to ending sexual violence. Join the tri-campus community as we participate in this national initiative by marching from campus to campus, with speakers and activities along the way.

Tuesday, Oct. 8
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

Hunger and Homelessness in College Students

In a 2017 survey, 20% of college students reported being hungry, and 13% homeless. Learn about food deserts, housing inequality, and other pieces of this puzzle. We’ll learn about the problems, both nationally and locally, resources available to those struggling, and what we can do to make a difference. Join the conversation at free event, which promises to be engaging and educating! 

Wednesday, Oct. 16
7 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Screening of Hailing Cesar 
(part of Hispanic Heritage Month) 

"I was only three years old when Cesar passed away. Growing up comfortably in the Bay Area, where my father Fernando was a lawyer, I had difficulty connecting with my grandfather’s life.

After a turning point in my life, I began to explore the places, learn about the people, and carry out the activities that were so important to Cesar. My journey included working in the fields, picking grapes, as both my grandfather and father once did.

My goal is to share Cesar's message with a new generation. This film is my first step in honoring his legacy.

- Eduardo Chavez"


This film explores the director 's journey to understand the legacy and struggle of his grandfather, the civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Join us for the film and Q&A with Eduardo Chavez, director.

Wednesday, Oct. 23
3 - 5 p.m.
Outside of VAC

fresh check
Fresh Check Day (hosted by the PROMISE Committee)

Join the PROMISE Committee for Viterbo's first Fresh Check Day!

Fresh Check Day is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways.

Thursday, Oct. 24
6-8 p.m.
Nursing 196

end of life
Civil Dialogue on End of Life Care / Death Cafe

End-of-life care refers to health care, not only of a person in the final hours or days of their lives, but more broadly care of all those with a terminal condition that has become advanced, progressive, and incurable. 

Join our panel as they discuss resources available in the La Crosse community, the ethics of end of life care, and what is ours to do for those in the final stages of life. 

Immediately following questions with the panelists, join us for a regularly scheduled Death Cafe

Thursday, Nov. 7 
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

Civil Dialogue on Immigration

Immigration is a fiercely debated topic in this country. What does it mean to seek asylum? Is it true that "no human is illegal"? How do you become a citizen of the United States - and why don't more people choose the legal route? 

Join our panel as we explore what it means to be an immigrant, the impact immigration has on the United States, and issues that immigration effects. 

Thursday, Nov. 12
7-8:30 p.m.
UW-La Crosse Student Union
(Bluffs Ballroom)

Voices of Men: Call to Action

Voices of Men works to engage men of all ages to be active partners in creating a community free of domestic and sexual violence. Join guest speakers Chelsea Bongert (wife, mother, teacher, rape survivor) and Kyle Tran Myhre (two-time national slam poetry champion and Onalaska high grad) as they share their stories and help us become part of the solution. 

More information can be found at the Facebook event page

Thursday, Nov. 14
6:00 p.m.
Common Ground Building 
1334 Pine St

United Campus Ministry Presents: A Talk with Bp. Patrick Augustine

Bishop Augustine is the former priest at Christ Episcopal Church and is now associate bishop of the Sudan. He will be talking to us about the realities of refugees, minorities and religious persecution in the South Sudan.

UCM at Common Ground has a special ministry to college students, but as part of Global Initiatives Week they are opening this program up to the community.

Common Ground Campus Ministry - 1334 Pine St, La Crosse, Wi 54601

Wednesday, Nov. 20
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196



Intersectionality in Oppression: Where Judaism and the Spanish-Speaking World Meet

Intersectionality refers to the interconnected nature of social categorizations as they apply to a group.  

Our panel - consisting of an acclaimed author, a current student researcher, a nationally recognized Sephardic (member of the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal) Jewish scholar, and a local rabbi -  will talk about their unique experiences to help broaden understanding of this often unseen group of people, and broaden our understanding about the intersection of identities. Snacks are provided, and all are welcome!

Thursday, Dec. 5
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

SGA's Documentary and Discussion

Join Student Government Association for a free documentary screening and talk-back. Snacks will be provided, and all are welcome to this free event.