Friday, February 03, 2017

Oshkosh appears to have a diversity problem

The latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In this episode, host Cheryl Hentz examines diversity, inclusiveness and diversity protections offered within the Oshkosh, WI area based on the recent Human Rights Campaign's 2016 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard and results of the UW-Oshkosh's 2016 Campus Climate Survey conducted on Oct. 20.

Sadly, Oshkosh scored a mere 21 out of 100 points, the lowest score of the seven Wisconsin cities reviewed in the HRC's scorecard. This, despite some local leaders, and Common Council candidates running for office in the Feb. 21 Primary and April 4 General elections, suggesting that city does not have a diversity problem.

Joining Hentz in this discussion are Dr. Liz Cannon from UW Oshkosh who is director of the LGBTQ Center for Equality on campus, and Tracey Robertson, executive director of Fit Oshkosh. During the hour-long episode, the three also discuss a local event coming up on Feb. 21 sponsored by both organizations, which will feature a panel discussion highlighting the experiences of several LGBTQ+ community members.

If planning to go, this Color-Brave Conversation event will be held on Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the community room (basement) at the Fit Oshkosh offices, located in the Hooper Building (also known as the United Way Building), at 36 Broad St., Oshkosh. If more information is needed, please call Fit Oshkosh at (920) 479-5380, or email Tracey Robertson at

You can see the episode here:


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