Winona State to hold Community Conversation

Madelyn Swenson, News Editor

Winona State University will be holding a Community Conversation on Thursday, Sept. 21 to find out what the community thinks of the projects that the university is doing both on-and-off campus.

Businesses, non-profit organizations, landlords and a variety of community members are already signed up to participate. As of Thursday, Sept. 14 there were 25 participants signed up.

Multiple tables will be at the event at which participants will be able to discuss what they like and dislike about campus projects.

At the tables, there will be a facilitator who will take note of common themes.

The goal, according to Kendra Weber, director of student and community engagement, is to find out what the university is doing well and what needs to be worked on.

“We are hoping to get some positive feedback but we would also like to know where the gaps are,” Weber said.

After the event, Weber and a few others will look at what came up and figure out a plan to fix areas that need to be improved, based off the feedback of the community members.

The university has held events like this before, and each one is different from the others. Some of these events have been simple lectures, while others have been presented alongside other events happening on campus, like a basketball game.

The Community Conversation will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Winona County Historical Society, the doors will open at 4 p.m.