Indigenous EcoWell Initiative

The School of Human Ecology is home to several Native/Indigenous faculty whose work focuses on the intersections of Indigenous cultures, health, language and community. SoHE faculty members are collaborating with campus partners and First Nations to develop the SoHE Indigenous EcoWell Initiative. The intention is to build and engage a community of scholars, practitioners, undergraduate, and graduate students within this endeavor. 

 The SoHE Indigenous EcoWell Initiative strives to: 

  • Strengthen relationships with Wisconsin First Nations, First Nations across the United States, and global Indigenous communities through collaborations that focus on the well-being of children, youth, families, and communities; 
  • Support learning opportunities for Indigenous students both on and off campus;  
  • Develop a new Ethnic studies SoHE course to be offered Fall 2021; 
  • Foster relationships with the Division of Extension and other UW—Madison schools/divisions, as well as other UW campuses to promote and enhance Indigenous scholars, students, and First Nations communities in regard to research and scholarship activities across campus; and  
  • Engage in research that is centered around Indigenous research paradigms and approaches that reflect the needs and aspirations of First Nations communities. 

For more information, contact Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis, SoHE Indigenous EcoWell Team Leader.

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Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis

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Dr. Brian McInnes

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Dr. Kasey Keeler

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Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano