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Congratulations to the 2015-2016

Community/University Partnerships

(CUP) Grant Award Winners

Empowering Young Women to be Milwaukee Leaders - A Community Action Project

Ms. Rachel Leih and Ms. Elizabeth Mueller.

This year-long community action project will bring together woman-identified students participating in the LeadHer program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and high school junior and senior women participating in the PEARLS for Teen Girls program to develop a community-wide visual campign focused on empowering young women to pursue leadership in the Milwaukee community. After spending the fall semester training the women of LeadHer on how to develop a successful community visual campaign and enhancing their understanding of the PEARLS for Teen Girls program, the LeadHer women will focus the spring semester on connecting with the PEARLS girls to develop the messaging and dissemination of their visual campaign. Elements may include: print marketing materials, social media strategy, a public service announcement-style video, and events on campus and in the community. This new partnership with PEARLS for Teen Girls would enhance the LeadHer commitment to community leadership by expanding their scope beyond the walls of UWM to consider their role as change agents in Milwaukee as a whole, while also providing a connection to the university experience and to community leadership for the young women of PEARLS for Teen Girls.

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Milwaukee Debate League High School Debate Camp.

Ms. Emily Summers, Mr. Victor Trussell, Mr. Lavelle Young, Mr. Oscar Hernandez, and Ms. Kiran Dhillon.

The Milwaukee Debate League (MDL) in partnership with the Black Student Union, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, and PhD student Kiran Dhillon will provide youth from Milwaukee a week long opportunity to learn the necessary skills for argumentation, to explore/engage with a multitude of public policies, cultural backgrounds, and philosophical contentions. The MDL will also offer a UWM student a communication coordinator internship to gain professional experience in a nonprofit organization. For the camp, students will attend lectures by community individuals and UWM student leaders that range in covering the basics of policy debate, philosophical critique of a public policy issue, and praxis theory of application.

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GIS in the K-12 Classroom: Phase 1

Ms. Anne Reis, Ms. Donna Genzmer, and Ms. Kate Madison.

In collaboration with the Urban Ecology Center, the UW-Milwaukee Cartography and Geographic Information Science Center and the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development propose developing a strategic plan and reproducible model for a pilot project to provide training in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) technology to teachers in the Milwaukee Public School system. GIS technology provides the ability to capture, manage, analyze and display all forms of geospatial data, and allows users to view, understand, interpret, and visualize the world in ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in various forms including maps, reports, and charts. The funds from the CUP grant would be used to develop the strategic plan for the pilot project, thereby providing a framework to leverage other grants such as Esri's ConnectEd grant, program funds from the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance, and potentially other sources for extending the project to more Milwaukee public schools.

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Images From Aged to Perfection

Ms. Rachelle Alioto and Ms. Donna Spars.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Saint John's Communities, Inc. are partnering to develop a first-of-its-kind academic course in teh field of Aging and Translational Research. Social Work 300: Aged to Perfection, An Introduction to the Study of Aging, is an interdisciplinary survey course designed in partnership with Saint John's residents and staff. It will take place on the campus of Saint John's On The Lake. Saint John's residents and staff have been involved in the conceptualization of all aspects of the course. They have provided their input regarding course content, learning goals, an in-class activities. Of the fifteen class sessions, residents will assume a teaching role in seven of the classes. They will share their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom about the aging process. They will participate as lecturers, panel presenters, and small groups facilitators, giving students an opportunity to learn directly from them while encouraging the pursuit of careers in the field of aging. A short video will be produced, documenting this course in the Fall of 2015. The video will be used to share the experience with others in the field of aging and higher education with the hope  that this course concept ca be replicated elsewhere.

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Inspiring Physical Fitness and Well-being in Retirement Communities

Ms. Anna Buzzard and Ms. Tracy Oles-Fairchild.

This project will establish a partnership between Eastcastle Place and the UWM Kinesiology Department. The program is designed to improve the physical fitness of the aging through a formalized training program while also providing the students with hands-on experience in the health and wellness field. As our population is aging, it becomes more important for students to understand the principles of training individuals over the age of 65. As this age group experiences a greater number of health challenges, physical training becomes extremely important . The program will be designed by the UWM students and approved by the Fitness and Aquatics Manager at Eastcastle Place and will consist of Eastcastle residents performing a series of thirty minute low-impact cardiorespiratory exercise sessions for 16 weeks under the supervision of a UWM student. Participants will undergo a cardiorespiratory fitness test prior to and after the sessions conclusion in order to measure outcomes.

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The Puente Project: Bridging Communities by Combining Personal Stories with English<>Spanish Interpretation

Ms. Megan McGee, Ex Fabula, Inc., and Dr. Leah Leone, UWM Translation and Interpreting Studies

This project will bring together English and Spanish speaking populations to listen to true, personal stories, learn from each other, and build community that transcends language barriers. Building on past bilingual programming, we will offer Spanish-language Storytelling workshops, develop Spanish language materials, train bilingual event volunteers and staff, and then present a bilingual StorySlam. During the course of this project, UWM Interpreting students will increase their interpreting skills and develop professionally, Latino UWM students and community members will be heard and valued by the wider community, and non-Hispanic audience  members will gain meaningful insight into the worlds of non-native English speakers. As a result, community bonds will be strengthened - between individuals and organizations - and the resulting network will create the conditions in which future bilingual programming can become self-sustaining, thus allowing ongoing opportunities for strangers to empathize and connect with one another.

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I Can Change Forever Program

Ms. Rebecca Arcos and Ms. Pa Vang.

The I Can Change Forever program at La Luz del Mundo Family Services is a 14 week pilot program designed specifically for men whom are Spanish speakers and have graduated from our 24 week Batterers Intervention Program (BIP). The I Can Change Forever program further reinforces tools and techniques previously learned in BIP, by supporting clients in their life-long commitment to change and maintain lasing healthy relationships. This program aims to reduce the recidivism of violent crimes committed by former domestic violence offenders. The I Can Change Forever program will address and reinforce non-aggressive attitudes and beliefs, develop strategies and techniques to maintain nonviolent behavior through this support group. Through the collaboration with Pa Vang, program director of the UWM School of Continuing Education, this program will further explore culturally specific topics around domestic violence, action planning and community awareness. This pilot program would enhance long term behavior modification and learning, while helping reduce instances of violent crimes in the community. It is important to acknowledge that the more men understand themselves, the more likely they will change their behavior permanently, become role models for other men, and advocates of nonviolence.

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The IUE Service Learning Project: Building University-Campus Reciprocal Relationships

Ms. Mary Gracia Paz and Ms. Tracey R. Nix.

The UW System Institute for Urban Education (IUE) Clinical Experience Program, housed at UW Milwaukee, serves as an urban-centered host for pre-service teachers. Teacher candidates comprised of students from multiple UW System institutions, volunteer to complete their student teaching within Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Starting fall 2015, their IUE clinical experience will include a service-learning project that partners the IUE with (a) Bridge of Hope Center, Inc. (BHC), (b) a Milwaukee Public School, (c) UW Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts (PSOA), and (d) Wisconsin Family Center for Education, Training, & Support (WI FCETS). This collaboration provides and promotes opportunities for the IUE and its teacher candidates to initiate reciprocal relationships with UW Milwaukee and MPS's students, families, and communities. IUE teacher candidates, PSOA students, WI FCETS, and a Milwaukee Public School will team with the BHC in a back-to-school event to distribute backpacks (with supplies), information, food, and clothing to one of Milwaukee's most impoverished neighborhoods. Benefits include supporting under-served students and families, developing culturally competent teachers, and building university, school, and community partnerships. Teacher candidates' written reflections and focus groups, a course survey, and a community organization's questionnaire will provide program evaluation necessary for the project's sustainability.  

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The Other Side of the Mirror:
Fostering Creative Expression and Literacy in Communities Impacted by Incarceration

Wendel Hruska, Project RETURN; Ching-ln (Elizabeth) Chen, UWM Department of English
Cream City Review

This project is a partnership with UWM's non-profit literary journal, cream city review (ccr) and Project RETURN. Project RETURN provides support services for people who have experienced incarceration and are seeking a positive and permanent return to community and family. Our partnership combines the teaching and writing expertise of ccr staff with Project RETURN's community outreach and its relationship with Milwaukee minimum security jails, in particular the Marshall E. Sherrer Correctional Center. This would allow us to create a series of modules of writing workshops for incarcerated individuals, which include mentorship opportunities that will work to foster writing and communication skills, literacy and creative self-expression. Participants will be encouraged to submit their work for a curated print edition of ccr, entitled The Other Side of the Mirror, and possible publication on ccr 's website. In addition, creative writing workshops held at Project RETURN offices will provide additional revision opportunities and a therapeutic and creative outlet for participants post-incarceration and for impacted families. Finally, with the foundational experience gained in the implementation of these workshops, we hope to develop a service-learning creative writing course at UWM to establish a more permanent literary community within this underserved population of Milwaukee.

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