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New Literacy Program for MacDowell Montessori School
Ms. Catherine Loss, MacDowell Montessori School; Ms. Kathy Loveland, MacDowell Montessori School; Dr. Laretta Henderson, UWM School of Information Studies

The New Literacy Program for MacDowell Montessori School will enhance the Montessori school’s language arts program through multimodal literacy experiences, indicated by students participants’ completion of three lesson activities, each based on a different modality. Reading a novel, attending a play based on the novel, writing an additional chapter for the book as well as work-shopping this additional chapter with a theater instructor and performing their compositions. These experiences are part of the New Literacy, which is defined, by the Nation council of Teachers of English and the Commission on Arts and Literacies as “not just responding to printed texts, but understanding how texts are created and what kind of ‘meaning is conveyed’ through "multimodal representations.” The MacDowell New Literacy Program is aimed at 4th through 6th graders and the 5 year old kindergartners. This project will continue a literacy-building partnership between MacDowell and UW-Milwaukee. 

MacDowell Montessori School
MacDowell' Most Reliable New - Hard News Students Video Newscast
UWM School of Information Studies

Literacy Mentor Project
Ms. Kathleen Dale, UWM Department of English; Dr. Cynthia Ellwood, Hartford University School

This project was used to develop an ongoing partnership between the service-learning sections of English 201/298 and elementary students at Hartford. Twenty-five UWM service-learners enrolled in these courses mentored Hartford fifth-graders over a twelve-week period. These mentors met with their protégés to provide homework assistance and help with special reading and writing projects. UWM students benefited by linking academic reading to real-life situations, practicing their skills as mentors/prospective teachers and became more comfortable in racially and ethnically diverse settings. Hartford students took away increased critical thinking skills and the experience of having a college level mentor. CUP grant funds were used to help cover a number of costs including field trip expenses, the purchase of children's books, and supplies.

Literacy-Mentor Project
Mr. Royal Bonde-Griggs, UWM Department of English; Dr. Cynthia Ellwood, Hartford University School

In its second year, this partnership paired UWM service learning students with Hartford fifth graders. UWM students were provided with learning experiences that strengthen their understanding of U.S. schools while mentoring the development of literacy practices such as reading, writing and research skills. The project is rooted in research showing the importance of mentoring and individual attention in improving literacy, especially in large classes like those so common in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Early in the semester, the Hartford students and their mentors visited Schwarz bookshop to pick a book of particular interest to the child. In their weekly meetings they discussed the book and wrote about it, with the goals of bolstering critical thinking skills and identifying related research topics.

Honoring Our Youth, Fostering Strong Minds: Improving American Indian School Success in the Milwaukee-metro Area
Mr. Mark Powless, Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services; Dr. Leah Arndt, UWM Department of Education Psychology

South Eastern Oneida Tribal Services (SEOTS) and the UWM Department of Educational Psychology have partnered to develop the Honoring Our Youth, Fostering Strong Minds project. The project uses a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model to explore the disparate rates of academic achievement for American Indian (AI) youth within the Milwaukee-metro area. A Youth Advisory Board will guide the project in conjunction with the project leaders. Three AI UWM students will be trained in CBPR and focus group facilitation, and will act as facilitators for three focus groups of AI youth. The project will also conduct three focus groups with adult AI community members, and one focus group with local agency leaders who serve the Milwaukee-area AI community. The de-identified project data will be utilized by SEOTS to develop a service intervention for AI youth. and will be shared with the AI community, AI-serving agencies in the metro area, and UWM units serving the AI community, such as the Electa Quinney Institute for AI Education, AI Student Services, and ACT 31 educators; and integrated into the COUNSELING 744 Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines for Working with First Nations Persons course, within the Multicultural Knowledge of Mental Health Practices certificate program.


American Indian Education Institute
Mr. Alan Caldwell, Indian Community School; Dr. Cary Miller, UWM Department of History

The Indian Community School and the UWM Department of History and Department of Curriculum and Instruction have partnered to develop an American Indian Education Summer Institute. The institute will seek to enroll K-12 instructors from local school districts who need ACT 31 certification to maintain their teaching licensure, or who wish to improve the curricular content on American Indians for their classrooms. This highly participatory two-week workshop will be held during the summer of 2011 and is designed to increase participant’s understandings of issues related to the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the federally-recognized tribes and bands in Wisconsin and learn how t infuse this material into K-12 curriculum. Students will spend the first week of the course on the UWM campus and then transition to the Indian Community School in Franklin, Wisconsin for the second week of the course. At ICS, UWM faculty will facilitate sessions with ICS faculty, staff, and students who will model best practices in teaching American Indian students and infusing American Indian content across the curriculum. Institute students will create their own curriculum as a final project that will be shared with ICS, and with the larger teaching community on a UWM website.

The Indian Community School
UWM Department of History
UWM Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn:  A Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Development Collaboration
Ms. Gena Stezala,  School for Early Development and Achievement; Dr. Deborah Wisneski, UWM School of Education/Dept of C&I Early Childhood; Ms. Jennifer Mueller, UWM School of Education/Dept of C&I Early Childhood

This collaborative project brought together working teachers and student teachers to design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum, which reflected the diversity of the students at SEDA.  UWM students in CURRINS 323 and 502 helped in selecting appropriate classroom books and teacher resources.  CUP grant funds helped purchase classroom books, teacher resources and support several teacher seminars.

"Marshall High School and UWM Literacy Tutoring Partnership Project"
Mr. Alvin Moore, Marshall High School; Dr. Tania Mertzmand, UWM Department of Curriculum and Instruction

"CULTURE Club: Cultural Understanding & Leadership Training United in Real-world Environmentalism"

Ms. Jamie Ferschinger, Urban Ecology Center; Ms. Dana Kaleta, UW-Milwaukee Quest Project; TRIO & PreCollege Programs

"CULTURE Club" joins existent precollege programming emphasizing cross-cultural literacy and mentorship with environmental science and sustainability education to promote cultural sensitivity, environmental stewardship, and local and global consciousness in Milwaukee-area youth. "CULTURE Club" (an acronym for "Cultural Understanding & Leadership Training United in Real-world Environmentalism") is a proposed Community/University Partnership between Quest Project, a UWM precollege program serving underrepresented Milwaukee youth, and Urban Ecology Center, whose mission fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood, in the City of Milwaukee. UWM precollege students in" CULTURE Club" will team with Urban Ecology Center educators, Quest Project staff, and UWM student Mentors to explore campus and local communities and to make global connections through:

Appreciation of community and world cultures and related local and global environmental challenges and solutions (Cultural Understanding)

* Acceptance of personal roles and responsibilities as environmental stewards and contributing community and world citizens (Leadership Training)

* Acknowledgement of local and global environmental threats to water, energy and sustainability (Real-world Environmentalism)

* Access to food security, local food communities and global food economies (promoting healthy minds and bodies)

The "CULTURE Club" Community/University Partnership will engender informed environmental stewardship and culturally-inclusive leadership among students within campus, Milwaukee and global communities.

"(Re)generating American Indian Partnerships Between Home and School"
Ms. Amy Tromp,  Indian Community School of Milwaukee; Dr. Jeremy Garcia, UW-Milwaukee Department of Curriculum & Instruction

The (Re)generating American Indian Partnerships Between Home and School Project is a partnership between UW-Milwaukee and the Indian Community School of Milwaukee (ICS). The ICS serves American Indians from pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. The ICS recognizes a need to (re)generate American Indian partnerships between the home and school that develops opportunities for parents and educators to have quality interactions built on trust, respect and reciprocity. By drawing upon American Indian cultural values and knowledge, this project seeks to redefine a culture of schooling at ICS that reflects collective ownership and reinforces the home to school relationships that support American Indian student achievement and cultural identity. This project will work to reconceptualize ways to strengthen parental involvement structured around 4 major school wide activities developed by parents, educators and UWM service learning students as well as research associated with a parent group which will inform further development of ICS school culture and parent engagement. This project re-affirms affiliations between ICS and UWM by establishing mutually beneficial collaborations that honor the missions of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education and UWM Institute for Service Learning.

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“Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Residency: Art, Faith, and Social Justice"
Ms. Deborah Farris, Danceworks, Inc.; Ms. Polly Morris, UWM Peck School of the Arts

CUP grant funds were used to support a city-wide arts festival, featuring artist Ronald K. Brown, where UWM students from Dance, Theatre, and Visual Art had a hands-on experience with different cultures and performances.  This project also included a workshop, the 50+ Initiative, which engages the creative spirits of elders and artists.

“Danza de Puerto Rico”

Dr. Jose Acevedo, Puerto Rican Foundation of Wisconsin; Dr. William Velez, UWM Department of Sociology

This musical performance and lecture by Luciano Quiñones and Luis Manuel Tirado helped bring awareness of the Puerto Rican Danzas.  This concert and lecture was open to the UWM community and MPS students.  Specifically, UWM students from Sociology 323 were supplementing their coursework with their experience of this performance.

“Performing Arts Cultural Exchange”
Ms. Roxanne Fair, Ko-Thi Dance Company; Ms. Ferne Caulker, UWM Peck School of the Arts

Through the Performing Arts Cultural Exchange project Ko-Thi Dance Company conducted a week-long series of master’s classes featuring two skilled artists in traditional African dance and music: Ibrahima Sylla and Ibrahima Dioubate. These classes were open to UWM dance majors and the general community. Through this partnership Ko-Thi was able to integrate traditional arts education into the existing dance curriculum while exposing UWM dance majors to information that enhanced their educational experiences. Moreover, this project helped promote an understanding of traditional African dance music and how it relates to contemporary dance forms. CUP grant funds were used to provide transportation and compensation for the artists.

“Disparities and Misconceptions Film Series”
Ms. Corry Joe Biddle, America’s Black Holocaust Museum; Mr. Donte McFadden, UWM Department of English & McNair Program; Ms. Portia Cobb, UWM Department of Film

The goal of this project was to strengthen the UWM relationships with America’s Black Holocaust Museum. During this year, a team-taught course will present a film series entitled, “Disparities and Misconceptions” presented a variety of documentary and fictional films that examine disparities persisting through the African American community. The film series was part of a course taught by Portia Cobb in Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. Her course, “Radical Black Film” was designed to review and analyze films that are considered radical and/or controversial for their content and examine key social, historical and cultural events of their time. In the case of some of the newly-released documentaries, the filmmakers were available for questions and answer sessions following the viewings.

"Reflections: Performance and Elements from the African American Diaspora"

Mr. Steven Vande Zande, Hartford University Elementary School; Ms. Rebecca Holderness, UWM Peck School of the Arts

Theater is at its core both collaborative and cross disciplinary. All performance takes place at a particular moment in history, not only current but in relation to both the past and the future. Theatre is note only the ideal discipline to examine the historicalroots of a particular kind of performance, but also has the opportunity to build community, share visions and skills, and exchange those skills.  This project proposes that a group of Hartford University School students (HUS) and UWM students, working along side HUS faculty Steve Vande Zande, and UWM faculty Rebecca Holderness and a team of UWM students will research the Diasporic and historic roots of two styles of performance: “The Blues” and “Stepping.” Each style can reference contemporary material but has roots in both African and African American slave history. Both have existed where Blacks and Whites have interacted and both provide an opportunity where we might ask questions about cultural suppression, support, and exploitation. In addition the students will study the forms and techniques of Theater design including visits to The Pabst Theater a local masterpiece of theater architecture. Their research will be developed designed and painted collaboratively by the college and 5th grade students into images and sets for a new theater presentation to debut in the fall or winter 2009-2010.

"Ediciones Vigia: Cuban Artists Books and Prints, 1985-2009"
Ms. Zulay Oszkay, Latino Arts, Inc.; Mr. Max Yela, UWM Golda Meir Library

December 4, 2009 through January 31, 2010 Latino Arts, Inc. will host the traveling exhibit “Ediciones Vigia: Cuban Artists Books and Prints, 1985 to 2009”. Latino Arts is collaborating with UWM Libraries Special Collections on this project that includes not only an exhibition at each institution, but also a series of educational workshops and a panel discussion by recognized scholars on the history and cultural significance of the Vigis Press. This exhibition in the Latino Arts Gallery gathers more than 120 books, maquetes for unpublished projects, related prints, and printed objects. The books were designed for Ediciones Vigia, a collaborative artists’ press founded in 1985 in Matanzas, Cuba. The only press of its kind in Cuba (or perhaps anywhere), its limited editions of works by leading Cuban authors as well as Garcia Lorca and Rimbaud are each a unique work of art with its own personality. Latino Arts and UWM Libraries Special Collections will cross promote their concurrent exhibitions to help broaden their respective constituencies. The publicity and the panel of scholars will help the visibility of UWM Libraries Special Collections and its value to research. This project will also help to promote a better understanding of Cuban culture.

"Educational Exchange Project"
Ms. Donitha Butler, Mardak Boys and Girls Club; Ms. Ferne Caulker-Bronson, UWM Peck School of the Arts; Ms. Una Van Duvall, Ko-Thi Dance Company

The Educational Exchange Project is the result of a continuous collaboration between the Ko-Thi Dance Company (a UWM Affiliate) and the Daniels’ Mardak Boys and Girls’ Club. This partnership allows each organization to provide valuable services to its community, yet through a unique context. From July 15th 2009 to June 30th, 2010, this project will provided academic and cultural activities for up to 150 members of the Boys and Girls’ Club. These activities will include academic tutoring in various subjects, as well as dance and percussion workshops. Workshops will also incorporate information regarding historical and cultural contexts of material covered. Staff members from both organizations will be responsible for coordinating and conducting tutoring and workshop sessions.

"Hmong Arts Preservation Initiative: Hmong American Peace Academy Ltd."
Ms. Chris Her-Xiong, Hmong American Peace Academy; Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, UWM Hmong Diaspora Studies Program

The Hmong Arts Preservation Initiative for Hmong American Peace Academy (Ltd) will enhance the charter school’s Hmong Culture and Fine Arts Program by allowing multiple opportunities for students to learn more about their culture, the ways of their ancestors and record their own family histories. The project will include the Hmong culture component of recording the processes of the arts, researching family histories, and performing in conjunction with the fine arts program at Hmong Culture events hosted by the school for both the school and greater community. The skills the students and staff will learn from experts from the Hmong culture will be able to be passed down for many generations because of the process of recording in multiple forms: written, audio recordings,and video recordings. The project will be in conjunction with the Hmong Diaspora Studies Program so that students and staff have support in researching and implementing significant aspects of the Hmong culture true to cultural traditions.

Hmong America Peace Academy
UWM Hmong Diaspora Studies Program

“Walnut Hill Urban Sanctuary Project”
Mr. Robert Dunn, Our Next Generation; Mr. Dennis Lukaszewski, UW-Extension of Milwaukee County

In 2007, local ceramic artist Muneer Bahauddeen and Mt. Mary art therapy instructor Melody Todd developed a vision statement for an urban sanctuary project. This summer, with the advent of phase two of the Walnut Hill Urban Sanctuary Project, that vision will come alive. The Walnut Hill Urban Sanctuary Project will engage community children and adults to join with artists and artisans to transform a vacant lot near 34th and Lisbon Ave, a blight in the community, to an outdoor seasonal marketplace, gallery, and performance space. This will offer local residents a place to display, sell, and celebrate. Their work will reflect the rich and exciting diversity within this community. One can imagine an outdoor atmosphere filled with song, dance, and storytelling. One can smell the ethnic cuisine being prepared with the fresh produce from the urban santuary’s community gardens. Funding from the community/UWM Partnership grant will be used to allow children from the community, through Our Next Generation’s Summer Camp, to work with UWM Extension, Team Leader Brian Dillman, a UWM graduate in community education and local artist Muneer Bahauddeenn to design and create ceramic tiles to incorporate into the sanctuary project.  

Our Next Generation
Our Next Generation New Newsletter
UW-Extension of Milwaukee County

“From Sanctuary to Community Center: Growing a Cultural Connection”
Mr. Robert Dunn, Our Next Generation; Mr. Dennis Lukaszewski, UW-Extension of Milwaukee County

In 2010, Our Next Generation (ONG) Summer Camp participants worked with local artist Muneer Bahauddeen to design and create ceramic tiles that were built into fence posts for the Walnut Hill Urban Sanctuary project. Since the completion of that project ONG children, as part of a literacy workshop, created more tiles for Aldo Leopold benches and ONG staff members created ceramic tiles for peace posts that will be planted at ONG and other locations in the community. Art created for the sanctuary and for the ONG Community Center has been integrated into our Creating Communities through the Arts program. As part of this ongoing arts programming, we propose a project that will link the art created for the urban sanctuary with the Our Next Generation Community Center. A fence post has been erected at ONG and a couple of the benches will be placed nearby, creating a park-like setting about a block away from the urban sanctuary. This summer we envision the children creating ceramic tiles that will be attached to planter boxes for the ONG site. Herbs and edible flowers will be planted in the planters to make a connection for children between growing food and contributing to the community as an extension of our growing focus on health and wellness.


“The 2011 Third Power Summit”
Ms. Dasha Kelly, Still Waters Collective; Mr. Tim Peterson, UWM School of Continuing Education

The Third Power Summit is a one-day conference to provide exploratory information for careers in the arts and youth work. The event will present expert insight on the fields of public policy and community service, while also serving as a mini-immersion experience for potential youth workers. The activities for the day will leverage the fall kickoff presentation of the Still Waters Collective High School Slam League. Teens and adults considering career transitions will work/participate in panel discussion with both community change professionals and artists, gaining a better understanding of the potential impact of their respective fields.

“Mural de Recuerdos” (The Memories Mural)
Mr. Al Castro, United Community Center; Dr. Christine Woywod, UWM Peck School of the Arts

The United Community Center (UCC) is a non-profit organization that has served Hispanics living in the near south side of Milwaukee for over 40 years. The mission of the UCC is to provide programs to Hispanics and near south side residents of all ages in the areas of education, human services, senior services, cultural arts, recreation, community development and health and human services. UCC's Adult Day Center (ADC) was created in 1996. It was specifically designed to serve the unique needs of Latino elderly who are suffering from Alzheimer's or related dementia, and cognitive and physical impairment. ADC clients have engaged in various forms of art programming over the years with very positive responses and are very interested in learning how to use materials that are new to them. However, in the context of changing views of aging and long-term care, there is a need to address the intersection of memory, communication, and visual art geragogy in a manner that is also responsive to the unique life experiences of the clients at the UCC. United Community Center's Adult Day Center will collaborate with UWM Arts Education Department to create a ceramic mural project, titled, “Mural de Recuerdos” (The Memories Mural). The overall vision of the Mural Project is supporting the aging processes as a natural development of changing lifestyles and changing physical capabilities through collaborative artwork. Ultimately, the ceramic mural project will encourage participants to leave a personal “legacy” of their life experiences for others that follow or who come to visit, and who may be challenged with memory loss in their lives.

“Creating Milwaukee Art Museum Digital Collections”
Ms. Beret Balestrieri,  Milwaukee Art Museum; Dr. Hong Xie, UWM School of Information Studies

This project created digital images of the Brooks Stevens Archive and the Ritz Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  UWM School of Information Studies students were able to apply their classroom knowledge and gain real-world experience while providing the public access to these art collections.  CUP grant funds helped purchase the equipment needed for the project.

“Structure of the Visual Book”
 Ms. Anne Kingsbury, Woodland Pattern, Inc.; Mr. Max Yela, UWM Golda Meir Library Special Collections

The Structure of the Visual Book established three mini-residencies by nationally/internationally recognized bookmakers Thomas A. Clark, Hedi Kyle and Keith Smith, which occurred in Fall 2005 and Spring 2006.  The residents featured an exhibition of books at the Woodland Pattern Book Center, a speaking series at UWM, hands-on workshops for adults, presentations for select UWM classes, and individual artist readings.

"Making Media for a Change: docUWM and W.E.B. Du Bois High School Collaboration"
Mr. Larry Miller, W.E.B. Du Bois High School; Mr. Leonardo Alvarez, W.E.B. Du Bois High School; Mr. Brad Lichtenstein, UWM Peck School of the Arts 

Socially engaged media moves people to action.  UWM’s partnership with W.E.B. Du Bois High School used documentary film to engage students to better understand the power of film to address social justice issues. docUWM, a new documentary center based in UWM’s Film Department, brought Du Bois students to Lichtenstein’s class for documentary screenings of two films which focused on racial discrimination and economic  inequity. At these viewings, students had a chance to meet with the filmmakers after the screening. The following day, at Du Bois High School, workshops were held with the filmmaker and local leaders to explore issues raised in the films and talked about making and using such media to advance social action.  The project seeked to help young people learn what it takes to turn social convictions into creative enterprises, direct action, and, eventually, a career.

“Creating a Model for Service Learning in Dance and Multi-Arts Education”
Ms. Polly Morris, Danceworks Inc.; Ms. Marcia Parsons, UWM Peck School of the Arts

“Pop Impact: From Johns to Andy Warhol”
Ms. Jessica St. John, Milwaukee Art Museum; UWM Peck School of the Arts


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"Land/UWM Soil Testing Project"

Ms. Delores Green, Dr. Jeanne Hewitt Ms. Delores Green, Lisbon Avenue Neighborhood Development (LAND); Dr. Jeanne Hewitt, UWM's Children's Environmental Health Sciences Core Center

Lisbon Avenue Neighborhood Development (LAND) and the UWM Children's Environmental Health Sciences Core Center (CEHSCC) are partnering to provide soil testing for lead (and other heavy metal) for residents who: have a vegetable garden in their yard; who are interested in starting a vegetable garden in their yard; who have a day care center where children play in the yard; or who are interested in gardening on a vacant lot in the neighborhood.  Based on initial discussions between LAND and CEHSCC, in the spring of 2011, it quickly became apparent that although some residents in the community have an interest in growing produce at residential and community vegetable gardens, regulatory agencies and health departments were not actively providing soil testing services to the soil was safe for food production. One of the goals of the LAND & CEHSCC Partnership is to increase residents awareness about the soil they're growing their produce in, and to provide testing of their soil to reduce risk factors.  The overall goal of the partnership through testing, education, and remediation services is to improve the quality of life for residents in the community. The funds requested from the CUP's Grant will allow LAND and UWM to continue to evaluate the prevalence of lead in soil in the community, assist residents with remediation of lead impacted soil, provide community education on the prevalence of lead in urban soils and community vegetable gardens, and continue moving forward with development of the project and services.

"Nutrition Education for Young Farmers"

Mr. Bruce Wiggins, Ms. Susan Kundrat, Mr. Nick DeMarshMr. Nick DeMarsh, Groundwork Milwaukee; Mr. Bruce Wiggins, Milwaukee Urban Gardens, Ms. Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, CSSD, UWM Nutritional Sciences Program

The Nutrition Education for Young Farmers Project is a partnership between Groundwork Milwaukee (GWM) and the UWM Nutritional Sciences Program, located in the College of Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology and Biomedical Sciences.  UWM faculty and students will provide nutrition education to GWM's Young Farmers and also develop assessment tools and methodologies. UWM wants to establish a new Nutritional Sciences Department and degree program, and this community/university partnership will help advance that goal. Students and faculty will gain practical hands-on education and experience working with a hard-to-reach population. The support letters from Deans Peck and Stojkovic attest to UWM's interest in this project. The Young Farmers Program is GWM's method of expanding the urban agriculture movement to low-income youth needing education, training, and employment. The Young Farmers use a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model to grow food and deliver weekly to customers a box of fresh locally grown produce. One goal for the second year of the program is to expand the training beyond the summer months to engage the youth in year-round programming. Providing nutrition education as described in the project narrative will help meet this goal. Six project outcomes are envisioned. This partnership meets current CUP grant priorities exceptionally well.

"Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Children at the Central City Cyberschool"
Ms. Christine Faltz, Central City Cyberschool; Dr. Bonnie Klein Tasman, UWM Department of Psychology

This project builds on an existing collaboration which brings graduate students from UWM’s psychology department into the Central City Cyberschool. The Central City Cyberschool offers a unique learning experience for students by providing high quality, technology rich learning opportunities. The school is located in the Parklawn public housing community.  UWM students in this project have learned how to conduct psychoeducational assessment on students with special education needs. The benefits of this partnership were far-reaching: UWM graduate students provided invaluable information to teachers and parents on the learning needs of individual children while having gained experience in working with diverse communities. The CUP grant enhanced this partnership by supporting the purchase of testing materials which are used at the school. 


“Life Adventure Camp: Zebra Mussel Study”
Ms. Roxie Hentz, Teen Approach, Inc.; Ms. Tess Gallum, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication 

This multimedia hands-on project offered urban youth an educational enrichment opportunity that supports them in learning the basics of fieldwork and research design as they study zebra mussels in Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. To document their work, students created an “expedition video diary,” under the guidance of Tess Gallun, a UWM lecturer and documentary filmmaker and her students. This science based project incorporated aspects of the Jason project as a strategy to empower youth to pursue more advanced science programs and careers. Teen Approach is a community organization, which aims to enhance the lives of urban children ages 8-14 through its Life Adventure Camps. These camps provide hands-on experiences that support healthy choices and build self-confidence.  


"Informal Settings for Learning & Achievement (ISLA): Friends of Milwaukee Rivers"
Elizabeth Drame, UWM Department of Exceptional Education; Raquel Oxford, UWM Department of Curriculum and Instruction;  Lynn Broaddus, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers

ISLA is a new community-wide partnership whose members seek to involve groups that are  underrepresented or undeserved in science education through informal, community-based learning. For this project, ISLA brought Latino children and their families from Milwaukee’s near South Side together with Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers for learning activities focused on environmental stewardship and Milwaukee’s waterways. ISLA’s work included an evaluation of how participants’ beliefs about science practices and their knowledge of the environment change after participating in project activities. ISLA intend to use this information to determine how best to meet the informal learning needs of such families. UWM students in the UWM-Milwaukee Public Museum Studies Program will have participated in data collection and analysis and will  have learned first-hand how a university-community partnership can lead to the development of educational activities for diverse learners. 

Friends of Milwaukee Rivers
UWM Department of Exceptional Education
UWM Department of Curriculum and Instruction

“Radioactive Biohazard: An Exhibition of Works by Hunter O'Reilly and Mary Inman”
Ms. Linda Corbin-Pardee, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts; Dr. Sally Long, UWM Department of Biology

“Touching Science: Diversifying the Faces of Science in Milwaukee”
Running Rebels; Dr. Mary Gruhl, UWM Center for Science Education

"Journey House Lego Robotics Program"
Ms. Cherise Myers, Journey House; Dr. Maria Hamlin, UW-Milwaukee School of Education

The Journey House LEGO® Robotics (JHLR) program will engage a total of 28 middle school aged children throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Working in teams of two, and aided by UWM student mentors, youth will learn about STEM careers, participate in cutting-edge technology, and learn how they can make positive contributions to society through STEM. At the end of their program engagement, students will have the opportunity to participate in robotics competitions. Journey House has a strong focus on increasing education and building community across the south side of Milwaukee. Current programming for middle school students focuses on athletics, college preparation, character development, reading, and mathematics. The proposed project, in partnership with Dr. Maria Hamlin with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will enrich Journey House academic programs by introducing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education concepts through LEGO® Robotics.

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“Innovative Outreach Strategies: A Community Nursing Center Model”
Plymouth Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Dr. Annye Nichols, UWM - House of Peace Community Nursing Center

“Writing From Native Communities, Native Writing Communities”
Woodland Pattern Book Center; Dr. Kimberly Blaeser, UWM Department of English/Center for 21st Century Studies

“Fighting for Common Ground: Second Annual Conference: Cross-Race Coalitions Against Racism and Privilege in Greater Milwaukee”
John Fitzgerald, Racial Institute-Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee; Dr. Meredith Reitman, UWM Department of Geography

This project created a one-day conference at UW-Waukesha focusing on how racism and privilege affecting Milwaukee and Waukesha residents. The conference involved building coalitions and active discussions on solutions to these issues. CUP grant funds helped with the speaker costs and setup for the conference. The First Annual “Common Ground” conference was held at UWM in January of 2006.

“Health Disparities Conference”
Brother Mark Carrico, House of Peace Community Center; Dr. Anne Banda, UWM College of Nursing/Center for Cultural Diversity & Global Health

The Health Disparities Conference seeked to help alleviate the health disparities on a local, national, and global level through education and brainstorming throughout this one-day international conference. The House of Peace's nursing center shared successful case studies of community and campus partnerships for reducing health disparities in the Milwaukee area. UWM students enrolled in Nursing 101 “Cultural Diversity and Health Care” gained from this conference by being actively involved through attendance and participation in the conference.A brochure of information presented at the conference was to be published. CUP grant funds were used to help with speaker and promotional costs for the conference. 

House of Peace Community Center
UWM College of Nursing/Center for Cultural Diversity & Global Health

“Giving Voice: Documenting the Lives of Black Men in Milwaukee”

Mr. Al Holmes, Fathers and Families, Resource Center, New Concepts, Inc.; Dr. David Pate, UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

An oral history of Black men on the topic of poverty and resiliency. It is well documented that Wisconsin holds the top five disparities for Black in the country in the area of wages, poverty, education, unemployment and underemployment, and incarceration. For Black men in the city of Milwaukee, the disparity is even more striking, with an unemployment rate of 48%. In addition, the black poverty rate for families in the city of Milwaukee was a rate that was seven times greater than whites in the same area. Furthermore, U.S. social welfare policy is not accessible to men with children in their custody. Therefore, how do they make ends meet? This collaborative research project with an emphasis on community service involves students from the School of Social Welfare, Department of Social Work and the Milwaukee Fatherhood Collaborative (MFC) conducting oral histories on Black men. Issues to be discussed and documented consist of racism, access to health care, employment, and family. It is our intention to document the issues of resiliency and poverty for these Black men.  The interviews will continue to be conducted at identified community based centers serving low-income African-American men in the city of Milwaukee. All of the interviews will be documented by use of digital recording, digital taping, and photography.

“Re-examining Perspectives on Poverty and Resiliency: A Gathering of Black Men”

Mr. Albert Holmes, Milwaukee Fatherhood Collaborative; Dr. David Pate, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

The purpose of this project was to define poverty and resiliency by documenting the voices and images of black men across generations and in particular Black fathers in Milwaukee. Through town hall meetings, interviews, still photography and ultimately a documentary film, the project has educated students, policy-makers and the community at large on the challenges faced by low income African American fathers in the city of Milwaukee. Recognizing the importance of a father’s emotional involvement with his child(ren) is a recent phenomenon. For African American fathers, the effects of slavery and current institutional racism continue to be a barrier to successful fathering.


"Teen Speak: Social Justice Project"
Ms. Michelle Kosalka, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, Inc.; Dr. Scott Walter, UWM Department of English

The “Teen Speak: Confronting Oppression through Social Justice Leadership Project” focuses specifically on the needs of teens in the neighborhoods Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, Inc., (NH) serves. In the formative years of adolescent development, it is imperative to provide teens with viable alternatives to violent resistance, as well as strategies for deep critical thinking about oppression and a voice with which to speak out. This is especially true for NH participants, who must battle the many intersections and layers of hegemony at work in their lives on a daily basis. Racism, both overt and institutions, is an ongoing battle for our participants. They consistently struggle with the oppression of poverty and the limited educational opportunities available to them through under-funded public schools. Like other teens, our participants must also negotiate complex gender roles and stereotypical assumptions made about “normal” and “abnormal” sexualities. Without the tools of a social justice activism program, NH teen participants will continue to feel overwhelmed (and rightly so!) by the societal structures of oppression that weigh on their young minds, bodies, and futures.  Through the Teen Speak Program, we as community/university partners will educate, empower, and motivate UWM service learners and NH teens to become actively involved in their communities, to promote social justice, and to enact positive change. We will do this by implementing a collaborative curriculum developed for UWM service learning students in the classroom as well as for NH participants at a community organization. The project will cumulate in a late spring or early summer 2009 Youth Leadership Forum held at NH, which will be focused on recruiting and educating teens from the larger Milwaukee community about social justice. The Youth Leadership Forum will also be a strong springboard for growing the project during the 2009-2010 school year.


"March on Milwaukee Educational Website"
Dr. Joan Johnson, Milwaukee Public Library; Dr. Jasmine Alinder, UWM Department of History; Mr. Michael Doylen, UWM Golda Meir Library

Funding from the Community/UWM Partnership grant would be used to create an educational website devoted to the history of Milwaukee’s civil rights movements. Forty-two years ago many Milwaukee residents marched forthe right to live where they wanted. Led by Vel Phillips and Father James Groppi, these activists, including the NAACP Youth Council and the Commandos, took to the streets for 200 nights in their fight for social justice and racial equality. Open housing was one of many civil rights issues Milwaukeeans addressed at the time. From Lloyd Barbee’s attack on segregated schools to Jesus Salas’ demand for immigrant rights, civil rights struggles in 1960s Milwaukee were shaped both by the particular terrain of this small mid-western city and also by broader national and global protest movements. Building on the strong collections in the UWM Archives as well as more recently created oral histories, the website will be an important digital resource for high school and college students, teachers, and the general public. With the goal of creating meaningful collaborations between UWM, the Milwaukee Public Library, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, and local high schools, the site will be developed with the input and expertise of multiple community groups.

“March on Milwaukee: Civil Rights History Project”

Dr. Joan Johnson, Milwaukee Public Library; Dr. Jasmine Alinder, UWM Department of History; Mr. Michael Doylen, UWM Golda Meir Libraries Archives

With funding from a 2009-2010 Community/University Partnership grant, an Undergraduate Research Experience grant, and generous support from the UWM Libraries, the March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History project is about to become a reality, and is scheduled to launch on September 16, 2010. With over 630 pages of text documents, 15 oral histories, 20 photographs, an 24 video clips, the project team has worked assiduously over the past nine months to create an important educational resource that is on the cutting edge of digital history. With the CUP grant, this project would not have gotten off the ground nor would it have been able to attract other support. We would like to ask for a renewal of the CUP grant to focus on a second phase of the project: promotion, outreach and curriculum development. Now that we have a critical mass of content, it is crucial that we reach out the teachers and students within and beyond UWM. 

Milwaukee Public Library
March on Milwaukee Website
UWM Golda Meir Library
UWM Department of History

“Tackling Racial Justice Projects in Milwaukee”
Ms. Martha Barry, YWCA of Greater Milwaukee; Dr. José Torres, UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

The YWCA of Greater Milwaukee in tandem with classes in UWM’s School of Social Welfare will provide selected students an opportunity to further their understanding of personal and institutional racism and white privilege. Selected students from the Cultural Diversity and Social Work and Exploring Institutional Racism courses for example would be invited to attend the Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action course at the YWCA. This six-part course addresses the following goals:

1. Increase individuals’ knowledge about racism and its impact in the local community and society at large.
2. Improve individuals’ skills and competencies in identifying and elimination personal and institutionalized racism.
3. Increase individuals’ capacity to identify the resources and develop the supportive social networks that will enable them to take direct action against racism in their personal/professional lives and community.

Students would be asked to commit to undertaking a specific racial justice/racial disparity project. We do not expect to reverse a lifetime of experiences around racism in these projects. We do hope these projects will allow these students to continue their journey to eliminate racism in their sphere of influence.

Third District Student/Neighborhood Time Exchange
Ms. Deborah Davis, Milwaukee Area Time Exchange; Ms. Keri Duce, UWM Community Outreach and Assistance for Student Tenants

How do we authentically engage University Students in their neighborhoods?  The Milwaukee Area Time Exchange and UWM Community Outreach and Assistance for Student Tenants (COAST) Leaders propose a collaborative project to enlist the exchange of talents and needs of at least 35 UWM students with the resources and needs of at least 35 new long-term resident members and/or civic, religious and non-profit organizations in the Riverwest neighborhood through the innovative mechanism of “timebanking”.  Members utilize  the complementary currency of time  through “Community Weaver” on-line (with off-line partners) to arrange reciprocal exchanges of services ranging from cooking, shoveling or sewing to tutorials, performing arts and community organizing.  Funding will support marketing to student and community groups.  The project will launch with an event in Riverwest, continue with photo and video documentation, outreach through Riverwest student-targeted mailing, campus media,  and UWM Union tabling.  Registrations on campus and at the Wright Street Community Center  (901 E. Wright Street) will continue throughout the year. Visual representations, written reflections and a tracking of neighborhood memberships and exchanges will document the program’s success.   It is anticipated that the newly built capacity will provide the exposure and foundation for continued exchanges, building safer and more vibrant communities within the Riverwest community long beyond the grant period. 

“Good Life Initiative”

Ms. Lynne Oehlke, St. Catherine Residence, Inc.; Ms. Patricia Torres Najera, Center for Urban Initiative & Research; Ms. Madeline Gianforte, CORE El Centro

St. Catherine's Residence will partner with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Core/EI Centro to more effectively integrate a multi-faceted wellness program into its services and organizational culture. St. Catherine's recently launched A Good Life, a line of services and resources designed to build knowledge and skills regarding healthy life style choices for residents. This outcomes-based initiative provides an array of experiences, educational opportunities, resources and ongoing peer support. A Good Life centers on four segments of wellness which, when integrated, will facilitate being and feeling healthy physically, mentally, spiritually and economically. The partnerships with UWM 's School of Public Health, Center for Urban Initiatives; Research, and CORE/EI Centro will add a new dimension to the initiative. UWM's ability to provide expertise and knowledge will have a significant impact. CORE/EI Centro, who specializes in holistic health practices for those living in poverty, will provide a four to six week holistic exercise experience on-site for residents (yoga, nia, zumba, and/or gi gong) which will compliment other elements of the Good Life initiative. The design for each of the areas is offering experiential opportunities along with teaching with the hoped for outcome of personal life style changes consistent with good overall health. 

“Developing a Community Research Council to Improve Community Engagement in Health Research”

Ms. Jessie Tobin, Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Health Alliance; Ms. Cacy Odom-Williams, Center for Urban Population Health; Dr. Loren Galvão College of Nursing, Center for Cultural Diversity and Global Health

This project builds upon a growing partnership between UW-Milwaukee and the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition committed to reducing health disparities. Lindsay Heights is a predominately African American community in Milwaukee's central city. Despite facing significant socio-economic and health disparities, neighbors and partners have made tremendous progress towards a revitalized community. The goal of this project is to engage Lindsay Heights neighbors and academic partners in the development of a Community Research Council, which will inform the planning and implementation of neighborhood health research initiatives. The integration of community and academic members on the Council will provide opportunities for members to learn from each other's experience and knowledge. The Council will meet monthly and inform active research projects, as well as develop a long-term agenda to guide future research partnerships. The timing of this proposal provides an immediate opportunity for the Council to directly impact a large-scale neighborhood health assessment being planned in partnership with the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. Through this effort, neighbors will have an opportunity to directly inform the planning, implementation, and interpretation of research ongoing in their own community and to help activate findings into health promotion efforts for community change.


"Slave Ship: Charting the Legacy of the Middle Passage"
Mr. Clayborn Benson, Wisconsin Black Historical Society & Museum; Dr. Michael Gordon, UWM Department of History

On December 5th and 6th, in conjunction with Professor Michael Gordon of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee History Department and the Wisconsin Black Historical Society & Museum brings historian Marcus Rediker to speak at two occasions about this recently released book The Slave Ship: A Human History. In his newest book, Professor Rediker has argued that our society is haunted by the legacy of race, class, and slavery and that in this world the “slave ship is the ghost ship of our modern consciousness.” The events, entitled “Slave Ships: Charting the Legacy of the Middle Passage,” will examine the historical legacy and contemporary significance of the slave ship in American society. Because of its longstanding commitment to educating the public about the history of racism in the United States, “Slave Ship: Charting the Legacy of the Middle Passage” will be held at Wisconsin Black Historical Society & Museum.

Colloquium Session
Friday, December 5th, 2008
Noon - 1:15pm
in UWM Greene Hall

Saturday, December 6th, 2008
at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society & Museum

Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum

“Youth Social Justice Forum”
Mr. Emilio De Torre, ACLU of Wisconsin; Ms. Natalie Tsoris, ACLU of UWM

The Youth Social Justice Forum (YSJF) offers a unique approach to teaching young people about functions of government, social justice, civil liberties and the power of their own activism and civic engagement. The YSJF provides participants with skills and methods to maintain ongoing connections with community leaders and educators, resources for programs and opportunities offered by our collaborators and the chance to experience this in a university setting at UWM. In the months prior to the program students, staff and volunteers work together to create curriculum and identify problems and solutions. We use realistic role-play and hands-on workshops to address issues that directly impact the lives of young people. The YSJF culminates in a free, day-long event which brings more than 300 diverse Milwaukee students together to demystify differences and expose stereotypes in order to gain critical skills which empowers them to advocate for themselves. They also have a chance to experience voting in a mock election using real voting equipment. The Forum sets the ground work of young people from across greater Milwaukee to get trained, have fun, explore issues, and sty connect so that can work together to create sustainable change and a more just future for themselves.

ACLU of Wisconsin

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"Practical Approaches to a Sustainable Future with the Fresh Produce Preservation Project"

Ms. Rebecca Long, Ms. Virginia Schrag, Dr. Mai PhillipsMs. Rebecca Long, Ms. Virginia Schrag, The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc. Dr. Mai Phillips, UWM's Conservation and Environmental Sciences

CES 571, Practical Approaches to a Sustainable Future, is a course focused on combining natural ecological principles with practical solutions to sustainability.  The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc. provides a perfect avenue for students to practice these solutions. The Gathering, founded in 1982, is a volunteer based community meal program that prepares and serves over 100,000 meals to the hungry and homeless annually in Milwaukee.  In 2010, The Gathering developed the Fresh Produce Preservation Project (FPPP) for two specific reasons: First, to be better stewards of donated fresh produce, by limiting its waste. Second, to preserve produce for use in winter meals and boost the nutritional value of those meals.  A partnership between CES 571 and The Gathering will allow twenty students the opportunity to grow, harvest and process fresh produce for the FPPP. At the same time, students will1earn about food insecurity, hunger, and homelessness as well as food handling, preservation and storage through the hands-on collaboration.  The union of UW-Milwaukee students and The Gathering staff will allow The Gathering to provide more nutritious food to those in need while educating students on the local economic and resource disparities and possible solutions.

Fresh Produce Preservation Project Blog

First Harvest

“Environmental Education Connections Between UWM and Neighborhood House of Milwaukee”
Mr. Bradley Blaeser, Neighborhood House; Dr. William Kean, UWM Department of Geosciences

The Environmental Education project helped to educate and prepare UWM elementary education graduates for work within the city of Milwaukee. CUP grant funds helped create internships at the Neighborhood House so graduates could become better educated about science content within the community. This project also involved other trips within the Milwaukee community, including visits to Lake Michigan and to the environmental agriculture organization Growing Power to help students connect science with the community.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
UWM Department of Geosciences

"Environmental and Socio-Economic Justice and Oral Histories"
Ms. Pamela Fendt, Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods; Dr. Nancy Frank, UWM Department of Urban Planning; Ms. Sandra Zupan, UWM Department of Geography

The Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods Coalition is submitting a proposal with UWM partners to engage community residents and students in a joint project that attempts to advance environmental and socio-economic justice through community participation in brownfield redevelopment. By focusing on one of the most severely distressed Milwaukee neighborhoods, 30th Street Industrial Corridor, this study gives voice to, and broadens the participation of marginalized communities. By sharing oral histories with students of Milwaukee’s School for Urban Planning and Architecture (a charter high school), community residents will contribute their knowledge of environmental and employment issues in the Corridor area and planning students will have a rich first-hand experience as they learn and practice qualitative research techniques. In turn, Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods will utilize the oral histories as a community organizing tool in the Corridor area in their work to expand and enhance participation of underrepresented groups in the planning process for the redevelopment of the Corridor.

Good Job Livable Neighborhoods
Article regarding legislation passing a GJLN major public policy campaign
UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning
UWM Department of Geography

"SUPAR Rain Garden Implementation Grant"
Mr. Zachary Dienberg, School for Urban Planning and Architecture (SUPAR); Dr. Nancy Frank, UWM Department of Urban Planning

Installing rain gardens is a high priority for improving water quality in Milwaukee. Two community organizations that have been very active in promoting rain gardens in Milwaukee’s neighborhoods are Walnut Way Conservation Corporation and Sixteenth Street Community Health Center. With the charter high schools, the School for Urban Planning and Architecture, this project will  (1) build a rain garden in order to teach high school studentswhy rain gardens are desirable and how they are built and maintained and (2) create a demonstration of rain gardens in the neighborhood around the school, at 32nd and Mitchell. The Department of Urban Planning at UWM, with the assistance of Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, will coordinate the curriculum development on rain gardens and their role in improving water quality. Walnut Way will do a workshop with the high school students, providing step-by-step guidance on the instructors will provide overall curricular support for the project, recruiting students, monitoring student progress, supervising the students’ development of outreach materials for the community, and assessing student learning.  

Watoto Community Garden Program
Mr. Melvin Johnson, Africans on the Move; Ms. Lavette Love, UWM Student Organization H.I.P.H.O.P. Scholars

Beginning with the hip hop generation and worsening with each generation thereafter, the youth have become accustomed to eating a variety of unhealthy foods. Now and Laters, hot Flamers, soda, candy bars, fast food, and processed foods have become a staple in their diets. Eating such foods has contributed to the increase of obesity, diabetes, and other diseases related to improper nutrition. Hip hop culture, especially rap music has been used to promote unhealthy eating habits. African people globally are plagued with poor diets as well as confronted with the environmental destruction of much of their natural resources. As a result, many viable resources, water for example, has become scarce or unavailable for human consumption. The Watoto Community Garden seeks to reverse the idea of wastefulness of our resources, poor dietary habits, and the lack of respect for the land. The garden will stress the importance of eating fresh fruit and vegetables and eating a balanced meal. The gardening program will introduce gardening techniques and improve the relationship between humanity and the earth. The program will help participants recognize the similarities of environmental concerns plaguing African people in particular and humanity in  general.

"Grow Your Own Groceries & WORLD LUNCHBOX Nutrition-Based Gardening Education Programs for Milwaukee Residents"
Ms. Jacki Walczak, Milwaukee Urban Gardens; Ms. Anna Young, UWM Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Milwaukee is plagued with issues common to urban areas: segregation, hunger and obesity are terms all-too-common in our daily news. Disadvantaged, often predominately African American neighborhoods have limited access to affordable and healthy food options due to a variety of factors. In cities such as Philadelphia and Chicago, urban gardening had proven to increase food security, empower residents, and build community. Through the adaptation of  existing programs and the development of additional lessons and activities, we aim to provide comprehensive healthy foods in underserved areas of Milwaukee, promote healthier lifestyle choices, reduce grocery expenses and connect communities and generations by way of sharing food traditions and exploring cultures.

“WORLD LUNCHBOX: A School Gardening Curriculum for Milwaukee's Youth”
Mr. Bruce Wiggins, Milwaukee Urban Gardens; Mr. Demetrius Brown, UW-Extension of Milwaukee County

Our food system is rooted in slavery. Over 200 million children worldwide between the ages of five and fourteen world as child laborers, according to Equal Exchange, Inc. Seventy percent of the children work in agriculture. Through the exploitation and degradation of people, animals, and the environment, industrial farming corporations have replace small-scale growers and consequently, we have lost our connection to the history of the land and the people that grow our food. In the worlds of Venice Williams, community gardener, “To understand the food, you have to understand the people.” The World Lunch box curriculum puts a face on food that students can identify with and learn from. Inter-generational storytelling will connect students to the everyday heroes in Milwaukee’s communities that nourish our bodies with food and our minds with the knowledge of our agrarian ancestors. Youth will become conscious consumers by problem solving and thinking critically about the creation of and their participation in sustainable food system that promotes equity and well-being at a local and global level. 

Milwaukee Urban Gardens

Mexican Foods Curriculum
African American Foods Curriculum
Hmong Foods Curriculum

UW-Extension Milwaukee County


"Informal Settings for Learning and Achievement: Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers (ISLA)"
Dr. Lynn Broaddus, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers; Dr. Elizabeth Drame, UWM Department of Exceptional Education; Dr. Raquel Oxford, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

ISLA is a new community-wide partnership whose members seek to involve groups that are  underrepresented or undeserved in science education through informal, community-based learning. For this project, ISLA brought Latino children and their families from Milwaukee’s near South Side together with Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers for learning activities focused on environmental stewardship and Milwaukee’s waterways. ISLA’s work included an evaluation of how participants’ beliefs about science practices and their knowledge of the environment change after participating in project activities. ISLA intend to use this information to determine how best to meet the informal learning needs of such families. UWM students in the UWM-Milwaukee Public Museum Studies Program will have participated in data collection and analysis and will  have learned first-hand how a university-community partnership can lead to the development of educational activities for diverse learners.


"Connecting University Students with the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition"
Ms. Ann Brummitt, Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition; Dr. Ryan Holifield, UW-Milwaukee Department of Geography

The purpose of this project is to enhance an existing service-learning partnership between Geography 125 (Introduction to Environmental Geography) and the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition (MRGC), Our primary goal is to provide the partnership with needed technology and technological training and support, which will both strengthen the educational value of the program and develop the capacity of service learners to contribute significantly to Coalition's management of the Greenway, Portable Global Positioning System (GPS) units would be purchased to enable students to gather accurate data on the location of invasive species, watershed boundaries, soft trails, and critical species habitat in the Greenway.  We would also be able to hire a qualified student as a tutor in the use of both the GPS unit and ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems software for mapping and spatial data analysis), The tutor would provide two hours of training to each Geography 125 student performing service with the Coalition and would also be available for consultation and technical support throughout the semester.

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“Archiving Queer Zines: Preserving Printed Ephemera in a Digital Environment”
Mr. Milo Miller, Queer Zine Archive Project; Mr. Mark Tasman, UWM Digital Arts & Culture Certificate Program

CUP grant funds were used to help purchase equipment and compensate student interns for this project. The partnership between QZAP and UWM's Digital Arts & Culture Certificate Program created zines and digitally record documents from the Queer Zine Archives. This project allowed students to gain increased understanding and sensitivity to language, image, design, and their nuances while fostering an appreciation of distinctive cultures and traditions. The community benefited by having access to the collection of zines for academic research, historical interest and entertainment.

“Out of Respect”
Ms. Marcia Cadenas, Cream City Foundation; Ms. Tess Gallun, UWM Department of Journalism & Mass Communications

Starting in summer 2010, the UWM Documentary Production class and Cream City Foundation partnership plan to kick off an outreach campaign for the Out of Respect feature-length documentary. Tess Gallun and her students have spent the past two semesters filming several Milwaukee LGBT youth who are working towards overcoming family abandonment and homelessness. The story focuses on “prevention” as opposed to “providing aide to victims” by highlighting the youth’s journeys towards self-improvement. One key source of support has come from Q-Blok, a recent initiative lead by local youth-service providers and agencies. Timeliness of the documentary is critical, especially considering the innovative advocacy work currently taking place, and extend of risks faced by this population in need. Researchers estimate that each night nearly 400 homeless youth can be found on Milwaukee’s streets. Twenty to forty percent of these young people identify as LGBT and are at greater risk to abuse and exploitation. The statistics and agency response speak to a need for raising awareness and resources. Funding from the Community/UWM Partnership grant would be used to support the documentary outreach campaign, a vital step towards awakening social consciousness to welcome, encourage and adequately provide committed support for LGBT youth.

Cream City Foundation
UWM Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Listen to the WUWM's Lake Effect story on Out of Respect
Read about the film in a Journal Sentinel Article


"¡Cuídate!: Celebrating the 10th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy"

Ms. Gracie Limbach, United Way of Greater Milwaukee; Ms. Heather Champagne, UWM Student Organization Advocates for Choice; Ms. Antonina Weber, UWM Latin America Solidarity Committee & Progressive Students of Milwaukee

United Way of Greater Milwaukee (UWGM) will collaborate with UWM student organizations, building understanding of cross-cultural literacy and local/global perspectives through social justice, via awareness raising and community education & development on our engendered issue: teen pregnancy prevention. UWGM is concerned about the number of statutory rapes, leading to teen pregnancies. A component of our project will focus on age disparities between minor girls and older males in the Latino/a community, and the necessary sensitive to the cultural norms inherent in it. Some of this is a poverty mitigation, with the older male paying for essentials for the girl’s family. Preventing statutory rape is a strategy we’ll employ to reduce teen pregnancy rates in Milwaukee. We’ll coordinate preparation, planning, outreach & promotions for ¡Cuídate!: Celebrating the 10th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Ruthie Flores, Senior Manager of the Latino Initiative at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy will be our keynote speaker at the event.

“Milwaukee LGBT History Exhibit”

Mr. Neil Albrecht, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center;  UWM LGBT Studies Certificate Program


"Hmong Women’s Conference on Historical Trauma"
Ms. MayTong Chang, Hmong American Women's Association; Ms. Ia Xiong, UW-Milwaukee Counseling Psychology Student Association

The Hmong are a tribal minority ethnic group who lived in the mountains of Laos, and were critical allies to the United States during the Secret War. When the United States left the Vietnam War in 1975, they also left their Hmong allies to fend for themselves against an on-slot of genocide wherein nearly half died as they made their escape to Thailand. After years in refugee camps, the Hmong were dispersed to countries that were willing to take them, with the majority arriving in the United States in the 1980s as highly traumatized, indigenous refugees. The Hmong face many barriers as their way of life has historically been oppressed. This traumatic past has left its mark as indicated in low educational attainment, high poverty rates, alcoholism, high domestic violence, high crime rates, and numerous health disparities. In addition, a general lack of understanding of Hmong history has contributed to a negative group identity and unresolved grief. To promote healing in the Hmong community, a critical understanding of Hmong history, strengths, and resiliencies is needed. The Hmong Women's conference focuses on addressing the legacy of trauma, internalized oppression, and cultural resiliency in the Hmong community.

Hmong American Women's Association
UWM Counseling Psychology Student Association

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Building Financial Literacy and Business Decision-Making amongst Milwaukee's Burmese Refugee Population

Ms. Claire Reuning, Ms. Lisa Heuler Williams, Dr. Aline Lo, Ms. Demetria Anderson, Mr. Jerry JohnsonMs. Claire Reuning, International Institute of Wisconsin; Ms. Lisa Heuler Williams, UWM Center for Economic Development; Dr. Aline Lo, UWM English & Comparative Ethnic Studies, Ms. Demetria Anderson, UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research, Mr. Jerry Johnson, UW Credit Union

 The purpose of this project is to build the financial literacy and business decision-making abilities of Burmese refugees in Milwaukee. Refugees often have no experience in navigating U.S.-style business and financial relationships.  Limited English proficiency and lack of familiarity and comfort with such institutions impacts their ability to manage their resources wisely and to attain economic self-sufficiency.  This project will engage a total of 10-20 Burmese refugees in a financial literacy training program. The project will engage a total of 20 UWM undergraduate students from Dr. Aline Lo’s class “English 150: Multicultural America”.  These students will be trained in financial literacy tools.  Once they have demonstrated their capabilities in this area, they will be matched with a Burmese refugee.  The UWM students will teach financial literacy skills to the refugees.  At the end of the training sessions, all UWM students and Burmese refugees will attend a simulation activity at UWM Union.  The UWM students will play the roles of “coaches” and “financial service providers”.  The refugees will practice their financial literacy skills to make effective business decisions.  One of the crucial paths to self-sufficiency is a financial literacy and effective business decision-making.  This project will engage UWM students and Burmese refugees in gaining these crucial skills.

“Hmong Refugee and Student Bridge Project”
Ms. Lily Xiong, Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA); Ms. Ka Xiong, Hmong American College Students

The Hmong American Women’s Association worked in partnership with Hmong American College students to build bridges between recent arriving Hmong refugee families and second generation Hmong students at UWM. An important goal of this project was for UWM students to learn about the lives of the Hmong refugees, their journey to the city of Milwaukee and to study the policies that affect refugee populations Likewise, UWM students assisted these Hmong families with learning about Milwaukee resources and services. Linguistically speaking, UWM Hmong students are often second generation who grow up as native English speakers. Assisting Hmong refugees with learning English in turn strengthened their language skills in Hmong. The long range goal of this project was to enhance the language skills of both refugees and UWM Hmong students through a series of mutually beneficial exchanges. 

“Nuestro Milwaukee Website”
Mr. Walter Sava, Latino Arts, Inc.; UWM Roberto Hernandez Center


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“Common Ground Conference”
Mr. John Fitzgerald, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Institute for Racial Justice; Dr. Meredith Reitman, UWM Department Geography

This project created a one-day conference, at UWM, focusing on how racism and privilege affect all Milwaukee residents.  The conference involved building coalitions and active discussions on solutions to these issues.  CUP grant funds helped with the speaker costs and setup for this one-day conference.


“Enhancing Classroom Holocaust Education”
Ms. Paula Simon, Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations; Dr. Rachel Baum, UWM Department of Foreign Languages & Linguistics

This project enhanced Holocaust education at UWM and in the community by providing 10 UWM students the opportunity to participate in a WI Educators U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum trip. This allowed students to apply their classroom knowledge while broadening their understanding of the Jewish community in an effort to reduce prejudice and discrimination. The community at large will had an opportunity to engage during the campus lecture by Linda Hooper, who used the film Paper Clips as a tool to educate participants in the areas of tolerance and diversity. CUP grant funds covered participation fees for students to attend the aforementioned museum trip. This grant was also used to provide an honorarium for Mrs. Hooper and to show the film on UWM's campus.

Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations
UWM Department of Foreign Languages & Linguistics

“Combating Islamophobia by Empowering Women”

Ms. Janan Najeeb, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition; Dr. Carolyn Seymour-Jorn, Department of Comparative Literature; Dr. Anna Mansson McGinty, Department of Geography and Women’s Studies Program

When the world is compelled to coin a new term to take account of increasingly widespread bigotry, that is a sad and troubling development. Such is the case with “Islamophobia.“ In the U. S. today, disparaging remarks about Islam are often allowed to pass without censure. This project aimed to diminish negative perceptions, dispel stereotypes and fight prejudice against Muslims through a series of workshops targeting educators, the media and law enforcement. Three all-day workshops were planned on the UWM campus with national experts on Islamophobia in collaboration with local Muslim women leaders who will act as advocates and be coached on how to tackle issues of prejudice and discrimination in a group setting.

Islamophobia Workshop for Educators Brochure
Islamophobia Workshop for Media Brochure
Islamophobia Workshop for Law Enforcement Brochure

Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
UWM Department of Comparative Literature
UWM Department of Geography
UWM Women’s Studies Program

"The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in the United States
New Fear Inc
Ms. Janan Najeeb, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition; Mr. Abbas Sarour, UW-Milwaukee Muslim Students Association

The Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition (MMWC) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at UW-Milwaukee will partner to present a seminar and student workshop on the Roots of the Islamophobia Network in the United States. "Islamophobia" is defined as an New Fear Incexaggerated fear, hatred, and hostility toward Islam and Muslims that is perpetuated by negative stereotypes resulting in bias, discrimination, and the marginalization and exclusion of Muslims from America's social, political, and civic life. This ambitious project will bring in the authors of the groundbreaking report, Fear, Inc., an intensive research on the organized and well funded efforts that have lead to the demonization of Islam and Muslims. The seminar will present the findings of this report to the broader community, while the interactive workshop will afford students the opportunityto understand how campaigns that seek to marginalize a minority group are launched. Although this workshop will specifically address the campaign against Muslims, students will become aware of how campaigns that have historically marginalized other minority groups have many similarities. Participants will be given a copy of the report and will be challenged to use their new found understanding to address bias and racism in all forms.

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"Support the Elders' Physical Capabilities and Well-being through Robotic Development"

Mr. Peter Graven, Dr. Na Jin Seo
Mr. Peter Graven, Deer Creek Intermediate School; Dr. Na Jin Seo, UWM Rehabilitation Laboratory

This project represents a start-up of a new formal program between the Deer Creek Intermediate School Robotics Club and the UWM Rehabilitation Laboratory, composed of 10 intermediate school students and 11 UWM students, respectively. The goal of this project is to provide support for the elders' well-being by developing robots for aging research to functionally assist the elders' daily activities. Specifically, for this project, the two programs will work together to develop a robotic device to stimulate hand skin. This robotic device will be used in the UWM's aging research whose goal is to develop a wearable assistive device for the elders to feel the touch sensation in the hand better. The expected outcomes of the project are: (1) achievement of a significant progress toward development of the wearable assistive sensory device for aging populations in the community; (2) demonstration that UWM can work together with an intermediate school to accomplish a science and engineering project for aging populations; (3) inspiration that UWM students will gain toward teaching and involving community in their future career; and (4) encouraging both intermediate school and UWM students for future pursuit of science/engineering toward helping people in need in the community.

"Everyday Health Program"

Ms. Emily Spanjers, Ms. Alicia Ellis; Ms. Sarah HopkinsMs. Emily Spanjers, Ms. Alicia Ellis; Central City Churches, Inc.; Ms. Sarah Hopkins, Local to Global: Creating Healthier Communities

Many of the Milwaukee's residents who visit Central City Churches, Inc. lack adequate health care.  Free, low-stress opportunities to learn more about specific health problems can be beneficial to the Central City Churches, Inc. participants.  Thus, Central City Churches, Inc. staff and volunteers, with the collaboration of with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) student organization "Local to Global: Creating Healthier Communities", have decided to create the Everyday Health Program to provide Milwaukee's residents the opportunity to receive information about various health topics free of charge.  Local to Global members will produce informative handouts and give a total of six presentations with question and answer sessions throughout the year providing residents access to information about strategies to improve their health in achievable, affordable ways.  The topics covered will be Eating Healthy on a Budget; Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Diabetes: How They're All Related; Easy Exercise; Managing Stress; Dental Health; and Successful Aging.  The Local to Global (UWM) students will gain a greater appreciation of the health issues faced by Milwaukee residents while producing useful documents and gaining presentation skills.

"Picturing Milwaukee: Promoting Stewardship and Conservation of Local Heritage
Photo of CUP Grant 5000 Recipients

Mr. Lloyd Dickinson, Historic Water Tower Neighborhood; Dr. Arijit Sen, UWM School of Architecture and Urban

This project involves students, faculty, nationally recognized humanities scholars, historic preservation advocates, residents, and community members of the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood in a 5-week long, on-site, summer field school.  The objective of this project is to collect, interpret and circulate stories of local heritage and document practices of environmental stewardship.  The 2013 field school will be the first of a 5-year long plan to engage 5 communities along North Avenue with the same overarching questions- what do you care for, how do you care for it, and why do you do so?  We hope to examine if such "local knowledge" can be incorporated into the ways we practice historic preservation and ecological conservation.  Participants will identify and document places that matter to the community, conduct oral histories with residents, identify best practices of environmental stewardship practiced by local residents, and conduct archival research of neighborhood history.  This project deploys the power of storytelling in disseminating stories of local history, architectural heritage, and practices of ecological stewardship.  At the end of this project, we will produce signage and artistic markers that will be deployed across the neighborhoods.  We will create a series of heritage tours, scholarly articles, multimedia documentaries and a monograph.  We hope that these products will not only encourage residents to engage with each other but will also sustain a longer conversation among diverse urban stakeholders.

Picturing Milwaukee: The 2013 BLC Field School Website
UWM students shine light on buildings, people and history of HWTN area

"Making a Little Less Noise: Empowering Local Communities through Science"
Mr. Robert Dunn, Dr. Daniel Weber

Mr. Robert Dunn, Our Next Generation; Dr. Daniel Weber, UWM Children's Environmental Health Sciences Core Center

The Children's Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will partner with Our Next Generation, a community-based, after-school program for high school- and college-aged students to empower members of the Lisbon Avenue neighborhood with science-based information on the health effects of urban noise pollution. The project will teach the students that science is a process by which we gain information that can be used to improve the lives of people. Specifically, they will use student-generated experiments in a behavioral laboratory at the UWM Great Lakes WATER Institute that provide insights into the effects of noise on behavior, specifically how animals react to noise and how noise can alter social interactions and other behaviors. They will take that information to their community and become key participants in the discussion on how to reduce noise pollution in their neighborhood. The project will be professionally evaluated to identify strengths and weaknesses so that a foundation for improvement in following years will be created. With appropriate modifications based upon that assessment, this program will become a model for integrating classroom science projects into community social issues discussions to empower students to be active participants in enhancing their own environmental health.

"Having Our Say: Healthier Homes and Babies"
Ms. Dalvery Blackwell, African American Breastfeeding Network of Milwaukee; Ms. Betty Koepsel, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

This UWM College of Nursing (including nursing students)/African American Breastfeeding Network of Milwaukee collaborative project, as a pilot project, will focus on breastfeeding arid environmental health education in the African American population within the 53218 zip code. The long term goal is to contribute to the elimination of health disparities in the community. 53218 is one of the zip codes in the lower socioeconomic status (SES) within the 29 Milwaukee zip codes. These zip codes in the lower SES-level, with poor health determinants and outcomes (infant mortality standing out) are in the greatest need of resources to provide residents with the opportunity to make healthy decisions and live healthy lives. This pilot project, as a benefit to the 53218 community, will promote a cultural shift that will support breastfeeding within the African American community, along with emphasizing home environmental health, focusing on education through a series of classes, supporting behavior change specific to improving the health of infants and families.

African American Breastfeeding Network
UWM College of Nursing
Betty Koepsel ~ Professional Webpage

"Translating the Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program into Community Action and Community Capacity Building"

4004Dr. Patricia McManus, Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc.; Dr. Fang (Alice) Yan , UW-Milwaukee Department of Community and Behavioral Health Promotion

This project will address chronic disease disparities in the African American community. Using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model, it will engage and support empowers the community through capacity building, research, and development. This project builds upon longstanding, continuous collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health and the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin (BHCW). The 24-year-old agency strives to improve the health status of African Americans in Wisconsin, and ensure equitable, and comprehensive health. The project will be implemented in three steps: (1) Establish an evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), which will be culturally tailored to meet the needs of African Americans, prior to delivering a series of six week workshops; (2) Collaborate with BHCW, and train community lay leaders to provide chronic disease self-management sessions. Training lay leaders plays an integral role in capacity building, and advances the self-sustainability of the CDSMP in local communities; (3) finally, conduct in-depth interviews and focus groups among community members, so that the collaboration will produce innovative multimedia-based digital stories, which will serve as resources for local residents, who are struggling with chronic disease and social justice-related problems.