Category Archives: Majors

Mom teaches daughter for work on laptop

Kirkorian Offers Screen Time Guidance for Caregivers

With millions of children learning from home or passing time during their parents’ workdays in the pandemic, Dr. Heather Kirkorian, SoHE’s Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development and an expert in young children’s screen-based learning, advises parents to develop a “three Cs” system—and to forgive themselves when they can’t always stick to it.

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.

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.

mother and daughter shop in a grocery store

SoHE News: Jul 31–Aug 6

Kirkorian presents in the Pediatric Grand Rounds, Wong discusses eco-conscious and frugal consumer trends, Addo joins the Urban Institute on student debt in the pandemic, Gaddis publishes on South Korea’s school lunch program, and more.

apples, vegetables, and salad for a school lunch

SoHE News: Jul 24–30

Nancy Nicholas Hall Fall 2020 opening plan announced, advising staff member receives award, SoHE hand papermakers featured in international quarterly magazine, Raison presents on mental health and meditation for tough times, Angus work on display in Wisconsin, food, activism, 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.

Photo of street in Chicago with taxi cab looking at Chicago Board of Trade Building

SoHE News: June 5-11

• Addo on the racial wealth disparity in the stock market rebound
• Remembering Mark Anthony Rolo
• Awards to SoHE faculty from Global Health Institute and Baldwin Wisconsin Idea
• Personal finance online degree written up in On Wisconsin magazine, and more.

alvin thomas headshot

Q&A: Dr. Alvin Thomas on Black Men’s Mental Health Resources

A new mental health discussion group for Black men intends to help them cope with the added stressors of COVID-19 in daily life, as well as recent events of police violence against Black people. Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, helps lead the group alongside fellow health and well-being experts in Wisconsin.