Social Justice Mid-November Newsletter

Social Justice News from the Social Justice Hub


Successful Queer X Asian Open Mic Night in Der Rathskeller
An audience of more than 70 people enjoyed a variety of student performances at Queer X Asian Open Mic Night — a celebration of the intersection of queer and Asian identities through spoken word, music and more, hosted by the Social Justice Hub with the WUD Music Committee. There was a special guest performance by Filipino poet and UW alumna Gretchen Carvajal.
See photos here.

Native November
November is Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the rich and diverse culture, history, and contributions of Native people.  See upcoming events here.

Housing Equity Food/Hygiene Bag Packing
Tuesdays in November
9:30 – 11:30 AM CST
Volunteers with the Social Justice Hub will help to serve breakfast & coffee to community members experiencing homelessness & creating a warm environment where everyone feels welcome.Find out more here.

WPR Reports: Mapped Out
Every Thursday12-1 PM CST
Join WPR Special Projects Reporter Bridgit Bowden and WPR Capitol Bureau Chief Shawn Johnson for a free virtual conversation about WPR’s latest podcast “WPR Reports: Mapped Out.” Secret meetings, deleted documents, and a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court—Wisconsin’s 2011 legislative redistricting process was anything but routine. Join the creators of “WPR Reports: Mapped Out” for a behind-the-scenes look at the six-part investigative series that debuted Sept. 29 getting the low-down on redistricting past and getting ready for redistricting present in this live, virtual event.  Register in advance here.
Find the first episode of “WPR Reports: Mapped Out” here. New episodes are on Wednesdays. Learn More

Criminal Re-Entry and Justice Tech With The Way Out
Monday, November 156 – 7:30 PM CST
Learn about the challenges of criminal reentry and the importance of hiring justice involved community members via an interactive session with a local start-up aimed at helping individuals coming out of the criminal justice system! Dinner Provided.
Find out more here.

International Education Week Keynote Speaker: A Life of Unimagined with Aaron S. Williams
Monday, November 156 – 7:30 PM CST
International Education Week Keynote Speaker: A Life Unimagined with Aaron S. Williams, 6:00-7:00 p.m. UW-Madison alumnus Aaron Williams, an international development expert, former diplomat and former Director of the Peace Corps, discusses his life experiences leading to the world stage. Read more. Register here to receive the event link to attend a group viewing on campus.

Improving Health Outcomes in Wisconsin Through Evidence-Based Decision-Making
Tuesday, November 1612 NOON CST
In 2016, Barbara Duerst began teaching a community based learning course to Master of Public Health (MPH) students to help them comprehend the role of evidence in making efficient and effective decisions about initiatives, programs and policies that impact the way that people live, work, and play in healthy communities.  She will highlight a data-sharing dashboard project, mental health navigator program, and innovative programs to address marijuana consumption and CBD use in Green County as well as a health messaging and a program to decrease maternal smoking in Adams County.
Join us for Badger Talks LIVE… 

Power, Privilege, and Positionality
Wednesday, November 175:30 – 6:30 PM CST
These workshops are meant to support UW-Madison affiliates in preparing for and reflecting on meaningful and equitable community-engaged experiences. All are welcome, whether they are a Badger Volunteer, enrolled in a Community Based Learning course, planning a future project, or just curious. This workshop will cover: Self awareness, equitable partnerships, social justice, allyship and solidarity.Find out more here.

Structural-Level Determinants of Health Disparities
Thursday, November 1810 – 4:30 PM CST
The 2021 Rural Health Seminar will advance understanding of the structural-level determinants of health that contribute to rural health disparities. The seminar is organized around three tracks: sociocultural and economic determinants in rural settings, physical environmental determinants in rural settings, and evaluation and policy. Register here.

Trans Monologues
Thursday, November 186 – 8:00 PM CST
Your voice is needed! Join us to share stories about your lives, experiences, relationships and communities that exist beyond the cis-tem! Now is the time to share your lived experience and be welcomed and supported!
Find out more or sign-up to perform here.

Indigenous Sovereignty: Land, Food, Art
Thursday, November 186:30 PM CST
We welcome Indigenous artists Anastasia Adams and nibiiwakamigkwe as they perform excerpts from Taiquaa//Ambe Omaa (come here), a multidisciplinary collaboration of Yup’ik, Métis, and Anishinaabe lifeways through Pic-eine’rkin throat singing, textile, storytelling, and visual symbol. Performers draw on survival tools of Indigenous existence and relationship…Read More

7th Annual Native Nations Nursing Summit, Choices of Today For The Next Seven Generations
Friday, November 198:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Many Native American Tribes believe the philosophy that healthy choices today can create a more positive future for the next seven generations. Join virtually for the Native Nations Nursing Summit to learn about evidence-based approaches and best practices for optimal, culturally congruent health care in Native American communities. This summit is free and open to all. Register here.

School of Nursing Lunch and (Un)Learn Series
DECOLONIZING CURRICULUMThursday, November 18 from 12-1 PM. Register here.
DECONOLOZING PROFESSIONALISMWednesday, December 15 from 12-1 PM. Register here.
The  UW-Madison School of Nursing Interprofessional Diversity and Equity Lunch and (Un)Learn series continues – the events are free and open to the public. Back by popular demand, this year-long series is devoted to decolonizing health care. Decolonizing is about freeing systems from their historical colonial status and increasing the recognition, value of, and respect for the cultures of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Fashion Forward!A Multicultural Campus Fashion Showcase
Friday, November 197 – 9 PM CSTMemorial Union Old Madison
A social event where WUD Society & Politics & MODA Magazine invite international & multicultural students to dress up in outfits that represent their hometown’s street style, tradition or culture to campus in Wisconsin fall. You are invited to come dressed as your authentic selves, mingle with other students, watch and/or perform for an open mic, as well as sign up for a photography session with MODA Magazine for a chance to be featured in a lookbook.

Truman Scholarship
Deadline: Friday, November 19
Join the staff from the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office, Truman Scholars Tina Marshalek and Shiloah Coley to learn about the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 for graduate study in any field leading to a career in public service. Apply as a junior (planning to graduate between Dec. 2022 and Aug. 2023).

Unsettling: Learning of Equity in Creative Expression and Teaching
Wednesday, December 15:30 PM CST
Xia Gao presents her work and her exploration of equity through her practice. “I would never feel confident to say that my work centers on equity. I would often say that it addresses cultural, social, economic, gender, and environmental issues. However, as a female immigrant trying to find my identity in shifted contexts, a sense of unsettlement has played a big part in my artistic expression, which relates to dislocation and relocation, adaptation and confrontation, and concealment and reveals.Find out more here.

UW-Madison Student Voting Receives Recognition

UW Student Voting Up From 2016 and Above National Average

Way to go, Badgers! UW–Madison student voter turnout increased 7.4 percentage points in last year’s presidential election, rising to 72.8 percent in 2020 from a rate of 65.4 percent in 2016.And that’s no small feat. UW–Madison’s rate was higher than the 66 percent voting rate of all colleges and universities measured in the report from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, creators of the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, or NSLVE. Read more about the full report of UW’s participation in the 2020 election here.

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge recognized UW–Madison with several awards for student voting in the 2020 presidential election. UW had the highest student voter registration and voter turnout among four-year colleges in Wisconsin, as well as the most improved voter turnout. And Tamia Fowlkes was named to ALL IN’s national Honor Roll.

Internships, Jobs, Academics

Lussier Community Education Center Food Pantry
Each pantry shift consists of three to five volunteers who are comfortable working on-site, socially distanced, during pantry shopping hours to help load pre-boxed/bagged items onto carts and help load them into pantry shoppers’ vehicles. Some volunteers stay inside to load carts, while some interact with pantry shoppers outside and help load the grocery items into their vehicles.  See Lussier Community Education Center Food Pantry

Student Help For Culturally Aware Mentoring Study
The Culturally Aware Mentoring (CAM) research study seeks a student hourly for assistance with workshop recruitment, workshop participant and site host emails and scheduling. You will find this position rewarding if you enjoy performing a wide variety of tasks, from detail-oriented formatting to external communications for planning and logistics.

The Hmong Institute
The Hmong Institute is looking for volunteers on Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 from 9am to noon or 1 to 4pm People can volunteer for either or both of these shifts. More opportunities on the first and third Friday of every month will be available in January. Contact Mai Zong Vue to get more information and get involved.

Inclusion Education
The Office of Inclusion Education elevates and prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students at UW-Madison. We offer a broad array of learning opportunities for students that contribute to their Wisconsin Experience. The Office of Inclusion Education seeks to foster social justice to create a place where all Badgers feel like they belong. The Office of Inclusion Education includes Our WisconsinSocial Justice Education Programs, and the Social Justice Hub.

Education Programs
UW community members are able to request a Social Justice Education Program trainings and workshops to support exploration and engagement in topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Collaboration with student organizations and campus partners is encouraged and occurs regularly. Please request workshops at least 3 weeks in advance.

UW-Madison Social Justice Resources

UW-Madison’s primary purpose is to provide a learning environment in which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will help ensure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all.  Here are a few of the resources to help you do so.

Are you a staff member or student and would like to help curate this information? Let us know.

Get Vaccinated at University Health Services

Vaccinations are available at UHS.

Quote   What matters is not to know the world, but to change it.– Frantz Fanon