SoHE News: Aug 14–20

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.

Image: Guatemala – Rural Women Diversify Incomes and Build Resilience by UN Women/Ryan Brown, cc

Thanks for reading our weekly roundup of news and events at the School of Human Ecology. Have something we should know about? Email Public Relations Manager Serena Larkin, or submit your SoHE event via this form. View past issues of news and events here.

From the blog & social

Human Ecology Master’s & CNPL Graduate Jessica Fischer Joins GlobalGiving This Summer

The newly minted SoHE MS and CNPL major alum was hired last month by the DC-based global crowdfunding organization for her skills and experience in transformative nonprofit operations. Read more in her Q&A on the SoHE blog.

Three Human Ecology Applied Master’s students graduated this summer, their capstone projects investigating childcare and child services COVID-19 adaptations and the effectiveness of a meditation app for young people.

SoHE scholars in the news

Podcast: Huambachano on Indigenous rights to food sovereignty

Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, Assistant Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies, joined the “Breaking Green Ceilings” podcast of Water Savvy Solutions to discuss her research and work on Indigenous rights to food sovereignty.

New Angus show recommended in Pittsburgh

Next Pittsburgh recommended in its “Things to do this weekend” column the latest show, The Museum of Everything, from Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology and Design Studies’ Jennifer Angus.

Whelan describes back-to-school shopping changes on WPR

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, Director of the Money, Relationships and Equality Initiative (MORE) and Clinical Professor of Consumer Science, discussed changes in back-to-school shopping trends due to the pandemic on WPR’s The Morning Show.

Op-ed cites Gaddis book at length

An op-ed by Food Connects Farm to School program manager Conor Floyd cites at length The Labor of Lunch, by Civil Society and Community Studies’ Dr. Jennifer Gaddis, drawing inspiration from the book’s arguments for the efforts and vision of his organization.

Video: Raison on the inflammation and mental illness link, part 3 of 4

Dr. Charles Raison, Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, discussed the link between inflammation and mental illness in the third of a four-part video series for the Psychiatry and Behavior Health Learning Network. The series is free and available to the public.

New research from SoHE

Litzelman on the cancer caregiver burden

Dr. Kristin Litzelman, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, has published a narrative literature review of the various burdens experienced by cancer patient caregivers across the age spectrum. The paper is available in the latest issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.

Events

Angus opens a new show in Pittsburgh

As noted above, Jennifer Angus has just opened a new show, The Museum of Everything, at The Mattress Factory (museum) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It will run through January 2021.

CFS webinar: Racial disparity and student loan borrowing

The UW Center for Financial Security (CFS) at SoHE, in collaboration with the Urban League of Greater Madison and the Wisconsin Coalition on Student Debt, will host a webinar next Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM., on how the burden—and impact—of student loan debt disproportionately affects borrowers of color, a burden that has been exponentially exacerbated by recent COVID crisis. Dr. Fenaba Addo, Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) of Consumer Science, will be one of two featured speakers. The event is free, but registration is required. Find more info and register on the CFS website.

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