Category Archives: Comm & Nonprofit Leadership

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SoHE News and Events: June 14-20

CNPL’S NINJA WARRIORS| PAPP ON MONEY & RELATIONSHIPS Community and Nonprofit Leadership Twins on American Ninja Warrior Identical twins Marquez and Nathan Green, community and nonprofit leadership majors, competed on American Ninja Warrior earlier this spring. Their episode is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Central Time on Monday, June 24. Marquez and Nathan plan […]

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Wild Turnips for White Corn Project

Building Tribal Food Sovereignty on the Fort Peck Reservation Using Oral History and Digitally Mapped Trade Networks Indigenous food sovereignty is about more than just getting healthy, local food into urban Native centers and onto reservations. Indigenous food sovereignty works to rebuild and strengthen communities’ relationships to the land. For centuries, settler colonialism disrupted the […]

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Tune in: The Skinny on School Lunch with SoHE’s Prof Gaddis on HBO

The episode was released May 10 and can still be seen on HBO. Watch the teaser here.  Jennifer Gaddis was featured on this week’s episode of Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas on HBO. Gaddis, Assistant Professor in Civil Society and Community Studies, has conducted interviews with a number of sites, including Minneapolis Public Schools, to bring light […]

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The Ecology of Well-being: New Faculty Hires Underway

The University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Nursing, School of Human Ecology, and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies are currently searching for three new faculty members who are interested in creating meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with tribal communities and sovereign Native Nations through interdisciplinary research and outreach. While each school has a unique set of requirements […]

Design Thinking

Design Thinking Beyond UW-Madison with CNPL Grad Molly Reddy

When Molly Reddy ’10 started her academic studies at UW-Madison, she did not know how much her life path would be impacted by design thinking and the School of Human Ecology (SoHE).  In fact, design thinking had not yet been established at the UW-Madison. As a freshman, Reddy started as a College of Letters and […]

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Meet New Professor Kasey Keeler

The Native American Nations of the United States, and those of Wisconsin, have demonstrated marked resilience over several decades.  In a rapidly changing world, they also face complex contemporary challenges that need attention. SoHE, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and others, continues to work closely […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 22-28

Students travel to China | Bennett’s artist-in-residence | Kirkorian research feature | Collins is “Big” of the year | APLUS research coverage | Kerr on “dad brains” Consumer Science’s Dr. Nancy Murray and Students in China This May, Teaching Professor Dr. Nancy Murray spent the month in China with a group of students studying abroad […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 8-14

CSCS Professor Bakken Releases New Book Civil Society and Community Studies Professor Lori Bakken, Ph.D., recently published a book, titled Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth: A Guide to Program Evaluation with Stakeholders and Communities. Bakken pulls from over 25 years worth of experience as an evaluator, educator, and researcher, highlighting the approaches, tools, and techniques that are […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 4 – 10

Assoc. Prof. Bakken publishes book | Fashion show award winners |   Associate Professor Lori Baaken Publishes New Book CNPL Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Lori Bakken, M.S., Ph.D., published her new book, Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth: A Guide to Program Evaluation with Stakeholders and Communities. It’s described as highlighting “the approaches, tools, and techniques that […]

Design Thinking

Students Discuss Living the Good Life With Design Thinking

SoHE’s Design Thinking initiative is evolving our school’s culture and curriculum. Through it, we are equipping UW-Madison students with the skills and tools to solve both simple and complex problems in a way that improves people’s lives and well-being. In other words, teaching them how to find answers the human ecology way. This five-step process […]

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100+ Years: SoHE & the Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Idea first sparked to life in 1914. That was the year federal funding established Cooperative Extension at UW-Madison. The same funding expanded home economics education—the field of study that became the seed of today’s human ecology. The goal of that 1914 initiative was to bring health and development research into Wisconsin farmhouses, and […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 20 – 26

Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award winner | Locals team up to help Kenyan girls SoHE student wins Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergrad Award Taylor Gilbertson is the recipient of this year’s Morgridge Center for Public Service Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award that recognizes students who have made the community a priority during their […]

Growing Stronger Together Conference

Register Now: Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits Event

Join us in celebrating the 24th annual Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits conference at the University of Wisconsin Madison, recently awarded “Best Nonprofit Conference” by everyaction.com! This conference will give you the tools necessary to grow your nonprofit. Hear from some of the best fundraisers, grant writers, and community leaders in the Midwest. The conference […]

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SoHE Professional Skills Courses

A new graduate program hosted by SoHE and complementary to our Centers of Excellence work, the School of Human Ecology Applied Master’s Program, was launched at the beginning of this academic year.  The program lets students customize their own course of study based on their professional goals. The goal is to provide a thoughtful balance […]

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Nonprofit Leaders for Today and Tomorrow

The United States’ nonprofit workforce is the third largest, trailing retail and manufacturing with more than 1.4M tax-exempt organizations – or roughly 100x greater than the number of Starbucks in the United States. [1] These organizations are the community backbone, working on issues ranging from human services to the environment, animals, culture and humanities. And, […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 16 – June 22

Check out what’s happening in SoHE this week! Professor Bakken Speaks to Nonprofit Struggles In an article by the Capital Times, SoHE Professor Lori Bakken was quoted speaking to the difficulties many nonprofits experience when communicating with funders and the community. The story focuses on the Justified Anger Coalition that is currently lead by Reverend […]

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Student Blog: My first stop working with Native communities

This summer, Civil Society and Community Studies graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the […]

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SoHE News & Stories: May 7 – May 12

Take a look at what’s happening at SoHE this week! Fashion Show Award Winners The annual Threads: Fashion Show, themed Ensemble this year, took place on April 30th. The award winners for this year were: Neil Sekhorn and Jingjing Li with Honorable Mention ($50), Maheen Quarishi with the Fashion Show Leadership Award ($250), Ike Cech […]

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SoHE’s Busse, Christens and Collins Receive GHI Awards

UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) has just announced its 2017 award winners, and SoHE is well represented: Brian Christens  and Heidi Busse, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, are collaborating with Michel Wattiaus (CALS) on a project to bring more milk to rural Ethiopia. Mary Beth Collins in the […]

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UW Students Share Design Thinking Skills in Kenyan Project

Photo: SoHE student Emma Wiessner working in Kenya Blog by UW-Madison student Danielle Syse Sustainable Design Thinking Team Journeys to Kenya Over the past few years, University of Wisconsin-Madison students have been experiencing meaningful, real-world innovative projects through the student-run organization Insight Wisconsin. In an effort to unearth meaningful solutions, Insight Wisconsin encourages collaborations using the […]

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Best Paper Award: Sarmiento

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ASCP) awards committee announced SoHE Assistant Professor Carolina Sarmiento has received the Chester Rapkin Award for Best Paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research. Research conducted by Sarmiento and Sims speaks to urban planners, community organizations and policy makers who are concerned about the growing need for affordable housing […]

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Grad Student Hu: Combining Research with Action

Ming Hu, PhD Student Civil Society and Community Studies International Exploration and Experience Combining research with action for a better society, SoHE doctoral student Ming Hu is examining the role of nonprofit organizations in civil society. But Ming’s interest in nonprofit work started long before he began his doctoral studies in SoHE’s Civil Society and Community […]

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Kari Temkin Awarded 2016 Early Career Alumni Award

Badger Kari Temkin (BS ‘09, Double Major: Community & Nonprofit Leadership and Women’s Studies) has been awarded the School of Human Ecology 2016 Early Career Alumni Award. Kari’s experiences as an undergrad at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology propelled her into a life of public service. In her current position as the Badger Volunteers […]