Category Archives: Centers of Excellence

Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation are pictured during a heritage marker dedication ceremony for the "Our Shared Future" plaque on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 18, 2019. The “Our Shared Future” plaque makes clear that the university occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land and will serve to educate the campus community members and campus visitors. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

SoHE to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Next Monday, October 12, Wisconsin will celebrate its second official Indigenous Peoples Day. At the School of Human Ecology, special events, plus ongoing efforts, honor the Indigenous people who have called Wisconsin home since time immemorial.

Two people hold a protest sign about student debt

SoHE News: Sep 11–17

Addo featured in MarketWatch, Raison on psychedelics’ “narrative intervention” therapeutic promise, Hartley on autism and bullying, CommNS’ Washington Mandela fellows event today, and more.

Two women studying in the UW Practice Cottage (archive) - Crop

SoHE News: Sep 4–10

Gaddis in The Atlantic on overlooked frontline workers in school reopenings, Carter op-eds in Washington Post and Cap Times, Sarmadi on mask safety and care on WPR, and more.

Dr. Majid Sarmadi testing masks under microscope. Photo courtesy of Ellie Sarmadi, used with permission.

SoHE News: Aug 21–27

Sarmadi and Kurutz featured in UW News for cross-campus mask development project, new Angus show featured in Art & Object, Sarmadi discusses neck gaiters’ filtration against COVID-19, Gaddis featured in Edge Effects podcast, and more.

Scenes from the municipal market in Tucuru, Guatemala. Indigenous women of Guatemala’s Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before. With the help of a joint UN programme that’s empowering rural women, women's groups in the area have learned to produce shampoo in bigger batches and in different varieties—such as aloe, cacao, avocado and honey—and sell them in local markets. The Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women by FAO, WFP, IFAD and UN Women is working to advance advance gender equality and economic empowerment of women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. In Guatemala, the programme started in 2015, with funding from Norway and Sweden, supporting rural women to develop a range of skills, from sustainable agricultural practices to marketing organic shampoo and learning solar engineering. With better knowledge of their own rights and access to skills, credit and income, women participants can make more decisions within their homes and participate in municipal spaces.

SoHE News: Aug 14–20

Angus opens a new show in Pittsburgh, Huambachano discusses Indigenous food sovereignty, Litzelman on the cancer caregiver burden, Whelan on back-to-school shopping changes, highlights from Human Ecology MS 2020 grads, and more.

Two women in a park doing yoga. in boat pose holding hands. They are both wearing masks.

SoHE News: Aug 7–13

Mace wins Fellowship.art award, Whelan discusses marriage and birth rate trends, Carter’s material culture take on “The Goonies,” Raison to present on depression and the pandemic, and more.

man in patterned mask staring into camera

SoHE News: July 17–23

Addo named to Lumina Foundation’s student borrowers of color working group, Bea publishes on gendered earnings differences after parenthood, Duncan offers mindfulness strategies for patient parenting, and more.

Little girl has fun with water spray in the garden

SoHE News: June 19-25

Hartley on strategies for parents of children with developmental disabilities or autism, Moskowitz on politics in our textiles, Addo on COVID’s added economic impact for Black women, Wong on the future of consumer behavior, and more.

Screen capture of six speakers as part of a virtual CommNS event via Zoom June 16, 2020

CommNS Convenes Conversations on Racial Justice

Recently, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“the CommNS”) hosted two live, virtual conversations on the topic “Sustained Engagement for Racial Justice.” The events featured local and national leaders as panelists and drew hundreds of attendees for the live conversation.

Grandmother on a couch reading Sesame Workshop materials to grandson

SoHE News: June 12-18

Poehlmann-Tynan research with Sesame Workshop featured by university, Thomas talks mental health with alumni for UW Now, CFS RDRC hosts its second annual Junior Scholars in Training program, and more.

Milwaukee skyline

SoHE News: May 22-28

Design History PhD student wins major research award, McInnes describes the “wau” in Wisconsin place names, incoming undergrad wins Summit Credit Union scholarship, Whelan remembers an unorthodox self-help author, and more.

Natalie Wright headshot

Design Studies PhD Student Natalie Wright Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Natalie Wright, who just completed her first year of PhD coursework in Design Studies, has won the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Recognized as a top applicant, Wright will research histories of making and disability under the mentorship of Professors Marina Moskowitz and Sarah Anne Carter.