Category Archives: Comm & Nonprofit Leadership

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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 […]

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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 […]

SoHE student Emma Wiessner workes one-on-one with a Kenyan team member.

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 […]

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CNPL Undergrad Wins Fellowship

UW-Madison sophomore Mallory Swenson (Community & Nonprofit Leadership) , in partnership with the the Lussier Community Education Center in Madison, WI, has been awarded a 2016-17 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship to help the center increase nutrition at its food pantry. The project was one of nine selected for the 18th annual Wisconsin Idea Fellowships, a program […]

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CommNS to Lead Incubator Project to Promote Partnerships in Guadalajara, Mexico

I am excited this month to share that a project proposal developed within the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS), one of the SoHE Centers of Excellence, has been selected by the UW Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) for funding. The project, titled “Connecting Landscapes in the Greater Guadalajara Socio-Ecological Ecosystem: An […]

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CNPL Alum Biked All 30 Baseball Parks for a Cause

Last season, CNPL alum Matt Stoltz (’14) integrated his passions for baseball, biking, and helping under-served youth through a ride of a lifetime. Stoltz biked more than 11,700 miles to all 30 Major League ballparks, raising $36,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Mentoring Program. The money raised along the way came through private donations, […]

Intern’s Eye View: Can Experience Be Taught?

Erin Miller, a rising senior majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership in the School of Human Ecology, is the current intern for the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS).   As a student here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, I have gotten to know a wide variety […]

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Christens: Engaged Social Action = Youth who do well and do good

Madison desperately needs more efforts to support the growth of powerful, healthy, young leaders of color fighting devastating inequities plaguing communities of color. The Lussier Community Education Center (LCEC) and UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS) are working together to develop the Youth Action Project (YAP) into a powerful learning and organizing […]

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UW-Madison students honored with Truman Scholarships, Udall nomination

  University of Wisconsin-Madison News: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has selected two University of Wisconsin-Madison students to receive the Truman Scholarship, an award given annually to undergraduates planning careers in public service leadership. As Truman Scholars, Elizabeth Doyle, a junior from Verona, Wisconsin, majoring in community and nonprofit leadership, and Phoenix Rice-Johnson, a junior […]