Ask Liz Wuerffel and Allison Schuette to summarize the Welcome Project in a brief statement, and they’ll do it in one sentence: How do we live with difference?
Of course, the multimedia venture is much more than that. But the statement gets to the heart and soul of the Welcome Project, which is a collection of stories from Valparaiso University students, faculty, and staff, as well as Valparaiso community members, that sheds light on the complex state of relationships on campus and in the surrounding community while helping others discover commonalities.
Wuerffel, adjunct assistant professor of art, and Schuette, associate professor of English, serve as co-directors of the Welcome Project. And for their work on the project, the two have been named recipients of the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Wuerffel and Schuette join Moninder “Holly” Singh, director of international students and scholars, as this year’s MLK Award recipients and will be honored at the convocation for the University’s 24th annual MLK Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Chapel of the Resurrection.