Reactions to Wing's Work

I highly recommend bringing Huie back to UMR because he had a lot to say about diversity, and he brought up many things that I wouldn’t have thought about before. Some of the questions that he asked us were very difficult to answer because we had to look into ourselves more than we are used to doing. We were asked what we thought other people saw in us. I've never taken so much time to answer a question like that, but it was a difficult question to answer. Wing Young Huie really opened up my eyes to what we really see when it comes to diversity.

        —Student, University of Minnesota Rochester






Thanks for providing Dorsey with such a great program. Personally it was my favorite program that I've sat through, and I know I'm not alone.

            —Willis White, Professional Development Coordinator, Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Wing’s presentation is a powerful tool for educators. Participants will recognize and process though their media and ethnocentric driven pre-conceptions of how folks develop racial and cultural identity. Wing has the rare talent of facilitating a major paradigm shift through his non-threatening style of communication and the art of photography.          
        —John Simso, High School Teacher, Roseville, MN





As a teacher in a St. Paul suburb some of my students don’t ever get to see anyone who looks like them or has similar life experiences.  Wing’s photography allows them to see that there is a wider world out there, and it is very near by.

            —Jen Miller, 6th Grade Teacher, Edgewood Middle School


I love his photography and find the source of his work inspiring and interesting. Being a white male, I never really think about race as a problem for me… The issues brought up about racist views were very new to me. I didn’t really think about certain things in a way Huie discussed, but I can completely understand how others would view it that way. One example of this was when he showed us a picture of the white family with a black lawn ornament. I didn’t find this offensive personally, but when an African student said she found this offensive, I could understand… [The ChalkTalk Workshop] opened my eyes to things I wouldn’t normally have noticed, and that is something I appreciate about this experience.

           —Student, University of Minnesota Rochester 


What a wonderful project to develop in any school, in any setting.

            Arts and Activities, November 2011, page 9, in a review of The University Avenue Project: Volume 1 and 2
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This project was the most unforgettable of my teaching career. The stories the kids told and the critiques they made truly displayed a level of higher thinking and interest that they had not shown to many of their teachers in other classes. It opened their mind's eye. They began to view the world differently, seeing the 'perfect shots' in every day life.

          —Erin Letts, (former) Teacher Folwell Middle School




1. I like that all his pictures had some kind of lesson to them. I also liked that Mr. Huie had a nice personality.
2. I learned that not all people think of themselves as you do. 
3. All his pictures made you feel a certain way.

        
6th Grader, Edgewood MIddle School


The Wing Young Huie Chalktalk was an eye opener for me. It made me think about the way that I view things. After attending the Chalktalk, I can no longer look at a picture the same way that I used to. The pictures that we had to observe and analyze had a main direct towards different ethnicities. Before this experience, I never really noticed how the different ethnicities can change how a picture looks. I am glad that I was able to experience the Wing Young Huie Chalktalk, because the way I see things have taken a dramatic turn.

           —Student, University of Minnesota Rochester 




It was an experience I will definitely remember forever! I walked out of C350 feeling like a new person and I looked at everyone I passed in the halls very differently; I looked at them with more respect and with more of a realization that their backgrounds and past totally reflects who they are, what they look like, and how they act, and that they matter in life just as I do and everyone else around me.
        —Student, St. Louis Park Senior High School




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