Category: Projects & Initiatives

Public Comments Sought on Draft Recommendations for Wisconsin’s Language Roadmap

Gautam Malik, COO of Stevens Point-based manufacturer Gamber-Johnson, has witnessed first-hand how a multilingual workforce can provide a competitive edge for business.

“The bigger market opportunities today exist outside of America,” Malik said. “Some of these emerging markets like Brazil, India, and China are huge for us, and for us to penetrate those markets, we need to meet people with the right language skill sets.”

Wisconsin leaders from multiple sectors—business, health and human services, nonprofits, education, and community organizations—have drafted recommendations for meeting the state’s current and future workforce and community needs related to language skills and intercultural competencies. These draft recommendations, which draw on insights and ideas shared at a statewide Wisconsin Language Summit in January, will form the basis of the Wisconsin Language Roadmap—a strategic planning document that will identify action items to address the State’s workforce and community language needs. Continue reading

One Health idea gives Young African fellows new ways to promote health

The idea of One Health – that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected—presented new ways to address health challenges for the Mandela Washington Fellows visiting the University of Wisconsin-Madison this summer.

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UW’s Tripp to lead team examining role of women in peace-building in Africa

An international team of experienced researchers will examine women’s role in peace-building in Africa, supported by $961,600 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Aili Mari Tripp

Aili Mari Tripp

 The two-year project, which begins July 1, will be administered by the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and led by Aili Mari Tripp, UW–Madison professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies.

The project consortium also includes the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, and Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange, in Kampala, Uganda.

The researchers include scholars and women’s rights activists from Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Norway, United States and Finland. They will be conducting research in Somalia, Algeria, northern Nigeria, South Sudan, and Sudan. Continue reading

UW campus hosts 25 young African leaders

The 25 young African leaders who have come to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus for a six-week academic and leadership institute represent a variety of fields, including medicine, public health, law, education and community activism.

Sicily Mburu

Sicily Mburu

Sicily Mburu, of Kenya, has served as a medical doctor in her country’s Ministry of Health and participated in projects aimed at strengthening HIV/AIDS and maternal health systems. She wants to learn how to use mobile technology to assess health needs, allowing for cost-effective, high-impact interventions.

Gnenegnimin Eli Yeo

Gnenegnimin Eli Yeo

Gnenegnimin Eli Yeo, from Côte d’Ivoire, aspires “to create a center that will train and equip young men and women to create their own businesses and impact the community.”

They are among the 13 women and 12 men, from 19 countries, who have come to UW–Madison through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and hosted here by the African Studies Program. Continue reading

21 UW-Madison students awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants

Twenty-one University of Wisconsin–Madison students have been awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

These students are among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the country’s flagship program for international exchange. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and leadership in their respective fields.

The program, which provides recipients with funding for a full academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad, is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists opportunities to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

UW–Madison has been among the leading U.S. research institutions producing Fulbright fellows and scholars. In the most recent round, UW–Madison produced 60 applications, with 34 chosen as semi-finalists, including 21 finalists, who have been offered and accepted grants. Continue reading

9 UW-Madison students receive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships

Nine students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical needs languages during the summer of 2016.

These students are among approximately 560 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students nationally selected to participate in the 2016 program. CLS participants will spend eight to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in 24 locations, studying Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The fully-funded program provides intensive group language instruction and structured cultural-enrichment experiences. Participants are expected to continue their language study and apply their critical language skills in their future careers. Continue reading

Five UW-Madison students receive Boren awards for 2016-17 study abroad

Five University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduates are receiving David L. Boren Scholarships to fund their study abroad during the 2016-17 academic year.

Boren Scholarships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a federal initiative designed to broaden the pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.

Boren Scholarships provide U.S. undergraduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work for at least one year in a federal government position with national security responsibilities.

“The National Security Education Program is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures,” says NSEP Director Michael A. Nugent. Continue reading

Médicins sans Frontières veteran, UW Zika panel headline Global Health Symposium

The 12th annual Global Health Symposium at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will feature a keynote address by a Médicins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) veteran and a Zika Virus Panel that will highlight how researchers at UW–Madison are contributing to understanding and stopping the virus.

The 2106 symposium, hosted by the Global Health Institute with support from the UW–Madison International Division and Lectures Committee, will be held Wednesday, March 30, starting at 4:30 p.m., in the Health Sciences Learning Center, 750 Highland Ave. The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

“The Global Health Symposium is an opportunity for campus and the community to experience UW’s response to the complex and interlinked determinants of health and disease,” says GHI Director Jonathan Patz. “I am especially excited about our Zika panelists, who are on the front lines of innovative and immediate responses that will benefit human and animal health.” Continue reading

Fish-Harnack Lecture: Buergenthal to talk about Auschwitz, human rights

Thomas Buergenthal spent the first 11 years of his life under the cloud of Nazi Germany, growing up in the Jewish ghetto of Kielce, Poland, and later in concentration camps at Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen.

At age 17, Buergenthal immigrated to the United States, on a path to becoming one of the world’s leading international human rights experts.

Buergenthal will share his personal insights in the 2016 Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture, “From Auschwitz to International Law and International Human Rights,” on April 20, at 4 p.m., at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

Sponsored by the UW–Madison Human Rights Program and International Division, this event is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the lecture.

This lecture honors Mildred Fish-Harnack, a Milwaukee native who was a UW student in the 1920s. While living in Germany, Fish-Harnack assisted in the escape of German Jews and political dissidents. She is the only American civilian executed under the personal order of Adolf Hitler. Continue reading