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Instructor Honored for Teaching Diversity

The staff at WITC-Rice Lake honored sociology teacher Kathy Doe with the college's 2011 Diversity Award.

(11/1/11): The staff at WITC-Rice Lake honored sociology teacher Kathy Doe with the college's 2011 Diversity Award. The award celebrates individuals or groups who demonstrate practices so that everyone feels respected, valued and safe at WITC. Doe will select or commission a permanent piece of art to be displayed at WITC in her honor.

One of Doe's nominators wrote, "Student opinions are welcomed in controversial areas and this instructor has a nonthreatening way of challenging students to rethink their assumptions."

Doe teaches introduction to sociology, introduction to ethics and race, ethnic, and diversity studies. She earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Minnesota and practiced social work in North Dakota, Florida and Wisconsin before becoming a full-time instructor at WITC in 2005. She also teaches courses in the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement program.

Doe, advisor to a Gay Straight Alliance student organization at WITC-Rice Lake, said she will look for art related to that community.

She said she is proud to have been recognized by her colleagues and of WITC's commitment to diversity.