School of Education Diversity News

Wed
Jan
20
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and School of Education Dean Diana Hess met recently with leaders of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Darienne Driver. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country, serving about 5,000 students daily. Blank and Hess toured the Pieper-Hillside Club and heard from club members who now attend UW–Madison. The trip was part of a statewide outreach effort to better connect UW–Madison research with all parts of Wisconsin.
Tue
Jan
19
The UW-Madison School of Education’s Career Center has moved and is now located in the lower level of the Education Building on Bascom Hill. The Career Center, which was previously located in the lower level of the Educational Sciences building, is dedicated to assisting students and alumni from across the School’s 10 academic departments in developing their career and professional identity. The center will be hosting two upcoming open house events: on Feb. 3 for faculty and staff; and on Feb. 24 for students.
Tue
Dec
15
“Supporting Smart Spaces,” a project of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), has been awarded a $2.1 million grant by the Jacob K. Javits Program through the U.S. Department of Education. Over the next five years, this funding will make it possible to improve curriculum and educational programs for approximately 800 academically advanced sixth- and seventh-grade students in Wisconsin. “Smart Spaces” focuses on narrowing the “excellence gap” — opportunity and achievement gaps on the upper end of the achievement spectrum — for both students of color and those from low-income families.
Fri
Dec
04
With a new $1.6 million, five-year NIH grant, Christine Pribbenow, director of the LEAD Center in the UW–Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, is using the video game “Fair Play” to teach university professors to feel empathy for their students and to adopt their perspective. “Fair Play” is the brainchild of Molly Carnes, a professor in UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, who worked with the Games+Learning+Society Center to create the game with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Sat
Nov
28
UW-Madison’s Laura P. Minero will be leading an upcoming webinar titled, “Working Together to Achieve Racial Equality.” Minero is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. The webinar, scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, is being offered by Forward Community Investments (FCI), an investor, connector, and advisor for organizations and initiatives that reduce social, racial, and economic disparities across Wisconsin.
Thu
Nov
19
Professor Douglas Rosenberg has been selected by UW-Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives to receive an OMAI/First Wave Outstanding Faculty/Staff Recognition Award. Rosenberg chairs the School of Education’s Art Department. This award honors UW-Madison faculty and staff who go above and beyond in their efforts to support student success both inside and outside of the classroom.
Thu
Nov
12
A new website, WisconsinAct31.org, is helping educators throughout the state teach students from kindergarten through high school about Wisconsin’s American Indian nations. This project was led by the School of Education’s Aaron Bird Bear and Simone Schweber -- with significant help from partners across the state. Wisconsin Act 31 is the term for the five state statutes that require schools to teach American Indian Studies throughout a student's career and maintain instructional materials that appropriately reflect diverse cultures.
Mon
Nov
09
UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad co-authored an op-ed for the Huffington Post headlined, “To Educate a Diverse Nation, Topple the Ivory Tower.” Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is also an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).
Wed
Oct
28
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings will take part in an upcoming panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Madison Public Library. The workshop is titled, “Why are you brown? Conversations with Young Children about Race and Privilege.” It will review the current research on children’s understanding of race and how parents can best address racism and racial inequities with their children.
Tue
Oct
27
Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) and the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male (BNRC) at the Ohio State University sponsored the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education (ICBME) in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 6–9. The event had record attendance as scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers and global citizens gathered to disseminate timely research findings and share empirical strategies that directly respond to the most critical and pressing issues surrounding the educational achievement of black males on a global scale.
Wed
Oct
14
Jerlando Jackson will give a talk during UW-Madison’s Multicultural Homecoming Reception on Friday, Oct. 16. Jackson will speak about life after sports. Jackson is UW-Madison's Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and is the director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which helps administer UW-Madison’s “Beyond the Game” initiative that’s designed to strengthen the post-graduation trajectories for student-athletes.
Tue
Oct
06
An estimated 250 student leaders from high schools across 10 states will come together Oct. 7-10 for the 16th annual Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Student Conference, hosted by the Verona Area School District and the University of Wisconsin-Madison at The Madison Concourse Hotel. MSAN, a project of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in UW-Madison’s School of Education, is a national coalition of 28 multiracial, suburban-urban school districts dedicated to eliminating opportunity gaps in their respective schools.
Mon
Sep
28
Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate LaVar J. Charleston traveled to Eastern Michigan University earlier this month to provide workshops to students in the BrotherHOOD Scholars program. The BrotherHOOD (Helping Others Obtain Degrees) Scholars program, a living and learning community for men of color, is the first program of its kind at EMU and one of the few in the U.S.
Fri
Sep
25
Esmeralda Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will be receiving a UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Award during a celebratory reception on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The event runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pyle Center Alumni Lounge, 702 Langdon St. Nominated by their peers and selected by a broad-based campus-wide committee, this year’s awardees were selected for their outstanding academic achievement and/or contributions to the life of the university, the Greater Madison community and beyond.
Wed
Sep
23
Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate LaVar J. Charleston and Director and Chief Research Scientist Jerlando F. L. Jackson presented their research at the sixth International Conference on Sport and Society this past summer. The conference examines sport within the contexts of history, sociology, psychology, medicine, health, education, administration and management, and convenes global scholars and researchers to discuss key issues and build relationships with experts in fields related to these topics.
Fri
Sep
04
UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson gave the keynote address at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ (WASB) Summer Institute back in July. Jackson’s talk was titled, “State of Affairs for Black Males in Education: How Data Shapes the Narrative.” The talk presented information to school board members and administrators from across the state of Wisconsin seeking information and best practices to this challenging issue that persists in education today.
Wed
Sep
02
Registration for UW-Madison’s largest student volunteer program opens on Friday, Sept. 4 at midnight and runs through Sept. 10. Badger Volunteers fall 2015 registration is open exclusively on the organization’s website. Students can also visit the website to explore volunteer sites and times prior to registration opening. Just over 800 volunteer slots are available for fall 2015, but the program has filled to capacity each of the last three semesters. So interested students are encouraged to log on to register for their preferred site as soon as possible on Sept. 4.
Tue
Sep
01
Tom and Karen Falk are donating $10 million to UW-Madison to help ensure that future generations of students can get an education — and that the UW will have top faculty who make that education one of the best in the world. Their gift, in part, will create the Karen A. Falk Diversity Scholarship Fund in Education, which will support students from underrepresented groups enrolled in the School of Education. The Falks will also endow two faculty chairs, including the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. Karen is an alumna of the School of Education.
Mon
Aug
31
Aaron Bird Bear, interim assistant dean for student diversity programs in the School of Education, will once again host the Chancellor’s Convocation. The event offers a chance for first-year and transfer students to come together as a class, experiencing the traditions of the UW-Madison campus. The event, presented through the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE), takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Kohl Center.
Mon
Aug
31
UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson on Aug. 12 served as an expert panelist at the 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Jackson is UW-Madison's Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and is the director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB). The Kappa Town Hall was intended to provide attendees with information as to how to improve life and educational outcomes for young men of color in America.
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