Category: Alumni

Everyone’s Right to Language Access

Long before he began working as a bilingual associate educator for the Minneapolis Public Schools, UW-Madison alumnus Dominic Ledesma knew the importance of language learning. Ledesma always viewed language learning as a life-long commitment that required passion and responsibility. It wasn’t until he saw the impact of language learning on other people, however, that he realized the importance of language access.

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High-speed internship features lessons in Japanese transportation and work culture

A summer internship with the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) is giving students incredible insights into one of the world’s leading high-speed-rail operators as well as the professional culture of Japan. The internship, developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison alumnus and JR Central Chairman Emeritus Yoshiyuki Kasai, allows two to three students to spend eight weeks in various roles with the company.

During the program, which is coordinated through UW–Madison’s International Internship Program, students rotate throughout the company, learning about vital units such as JR Central’s Marketing Division, Personnel Department, Business Promotion Division, and JRC Subsidiaries. In addition, they also get the rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at facilities such as the general control center, a rolling stock workshop, and a Shinkansen driver cabin. Continue reading

Africa in Our Lives: Rich Beilfuss

When he’s not playing unicycle hockey or running marathons, you can probably find Rich Beilfuss in the field working with one of sub-Saharan Africa’s six species of cranes. Dr. Beilfuss is the President & CEO of the International Crane Foundation (ICF), an organization headquartered in Baraboo, WI that works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. He talks to the African Studies Program about his fieldwork in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, his experience developing the ICF’s Africa Program, and the partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa that make the ICF’s work possible.

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Announcing: The Tamara Grigsby Memorial Fund for Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Social Work is proud to announce the development of a new fund, named after an alumna, legislator, and advocate for social justice, to advance the School’s priority goals of diversity and inclusion within the School and in our social justice work with the community.

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield calls Mandela Washington Fellows “Africa’s future”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who has served as assistant secretary of state for Africa and ambassador to Liberia, knows that Africa faces challenges. Yet while conflict, terrorism, poverty and diseases are real issues facing Africa, she sees that there is far more that defines the continent. Continue reading