Saturday, July 31, 2010

Area colleges strive to hire more minorities to reflect changing communities
By Patti Zarling • • July 3, 2010

DE PERE — When Tynisha Meidl, who grew up in urban areas on the East Coast, began looking for a college teaching job, she didn't expect to be hired in Northeastern Wisconsin.
Now she's finishing her first year teaching education at St. Norbert College, and said she loves the school and the small-town feel of the area.
"There's lots to do here, and everything is not very expensive, as juxtaposed to a big city," she said. "I love the fact I live 15 miles from work and can get here in exactly 15 minutes, not an hour and a half."
Meidl is the kind of employee local colleges and universities seek to hire: a qualified minority. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in recent years have made it a priority to include underrepresented minorities when conducting employee searches.

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