Nonviolence was not a concept that I was exposed to growing up. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a figure I heard about once a year. My involvement in the Roncalli Newman Center, as a college student, introduced me to social justice, service, and love. So, when an opportunity came to go on a Freedom Ride Trip to Atlanta for spring break, I jumped on it. This is where the learning began and my fire for social justice was lit. I will share with you some of my journey and experiences.
Will Van Roosenbeek has served as the Director of the Pride Center for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the past 22 years. He has taught both introduction to LGBTQ+ studies and Understanding Human Differences at UWL. Prior to working at UWL, Will served as a Community Services Specialist for Couleecap, where he coordinated and facilitated youth programs including One by One, the Community Youth Initiative, MLK day Teach-In for middle school youth, and the Martin Luther King (MLK) Project. He has been a board member of the 7 Rivers LGBTQ+ Connection, and started Trans Forum, a support group for adults who identify as transgender and nonbinary. He also volunteers on the Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity’s home ownership program.
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