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Local schools team up for DEIB programs


Local schools team up for DEIB programs

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) are critical aspects to the recruitment and retention of employees within organizations. Lakeland University, Lakeshore Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, are collaborating to hold a variety of activities in March to better support and advocate for students and alumni from underrepresented backgrounds.

“Many Sheboygan County companies are in the early stages of discussion about how they can build teams that reflect the community that they serve,” said Jess Lambrecht, Lakeland’s associate vice president of Cooperative Education & career readiness. “This is the first career fair of its kind in Sheboygan County and is truly a partnership effort that we believe is of great value.”

  • Monday, March 1, will begin with a professional networking event with graduates interacting with students virtually. This allows students to develop personal connections and gain support from alumni who are now in the workforce and experienced their own successes and challenges in the region.
  • On Tuesday, March 2, Lakeland Director of Multicultural Affairs LeShay Guy will facilitate an employer conversation with representatives from Rockline, Kohler and Schreiber Foods. Employers will share what strategies and practices they are currently involved with to support a more inclusive and supportive work environment.
  • On Wednesday, March 3, the series will conclude with a virtual Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Employers in attendance are required to showcase how they support a multicultural and diverse organization, which includes efforts like employee resource groups, training and development and community outreach.

Companies registered for the fair include: Dutchland Plastics, Forefront Dermatology, Hospital Sisters Health System, Johnsonville Sausage, Sargento Foods and Prevea Health. “These organizations are leading the way in Sheboygan County,” Lambrecht said.

Students and alumni from all three partner institutions are invited to participate in these events virtually. For more information, please contact a career services team member at your respective institution OR email