University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Contact Us:

Cheryl Ajirotutu
Associate Professor
Dept. of Anthropology &
Associate Director
Cultures & Communities Prog.
Phone: 414-229-2298/
Fax: 414-229-5848
Please place "New Orleans" in Subject Box

Monique Hassman
Project Assistant
Phone: 414-229-1159

UWinteriM in New Orleans

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What are UWinteriM in New Orleans Information Sessions?

    Information Sessions are held throughout the Fall semester, for students to drop in, at their convenience, and have an opportunity to learn about:

    • The UWinteriM in New Orleans course offerings
    • Connecting the course work to student’s own research interests/discipline
    • Pick up a scholarship application
    • Financial aid assistance
    • Discuss course schedule and activities
    • Meet the staff members of the instructional team
    • Ask questions???
    Locate the Information Sessions schedule in the UWinteriM in New Orleans brochure

  2. How and when can I enroll in an UWinteriM in New Orleans course?

    Register using your PAWS account

    UWinteriM registration opened Monday, October 17. 

    2012 courses offered include:
    Only Anthropology courses will count for credit in the Africology Program. Women Studies credit may be available with program approval.

  3. What are the housing accommodations?

    The Lion’s Inn Bed & Breakfast

  4. How much does enrolling in an UWinteriM in New Orleans course cost?

    To view tuition rates, click here

    In addition to your tuition; there is an additional course fee of $1300. The additional fee covers:
    • Airfare
    • Housing accommodations (laundry & Wi-Fi available)
    • Two meals a day
    • Program fees and instruction
    • On ground transportation
    • Most on the ground course activities

  5. Am I eligible to receive financial aid?

    You can receive financial aid for the winter and/or summer term if you are enrolled at least half-time and have remaining eligibility. You will need to complete a winterim supplement to be considered for aid which is available on the financial aid website. Summer aid is considered by running an enrollment report and determining what students are enrolled for at least half-time and have remaining Stafford loan and Pell Grant eligibility. Financial aid is computed on an annual basis. The summer term is used as the end of the financial aid year. Most financial aid programs have annual limits. You should make sure that you have enough financial aid funds for your fall and spring semesters before enrolling in winter and/or summer terms.

    Click here for more information

  6. How do I learn more about financial aid assistance?

    Schedule an appointment at the Financial Aid office with Financial Aid Specialist Gayla Jenkins:, 414.229.6222.

  7. Are scholarships available for UWinteriM in New Orleans courses?

    Yes, scholarships are available. Applications can be downloaded online. The deadline to submit scholarships is Monday, November, 28 at 4PM.

    Please submit a hard copy of your application to Cultures and Communities Program located in Holton Hall, Room G36 and email an electronic copy to (please write NEW ORLEANS Scholarship Application in subject header).

    *** Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. ***

    Completed scholarship applications will be reviewed and awardees selected by a committee comprised of UWM students and faculty.

    On Monday, December 19, 2011, all applicants will be notified of the review committee’s funding decisions by e-mail. Award recipients will be posted on the UWM in New Orleans web page ( 

    Scholarship awards are contingent upon successful completion of all course requirements. 

    Scholarship funds are distributed AFTER the course requirements have been met.

    Awards will be given as reimbursement for the additional course fee and funds will be disbursed during the Spring 2012 semester.

  8. Once I enroll, what happens next?

    • A $300 deposit must be made on PAWS by Monday, November 28, 2011.
    • There is a mandatory orientation for all enrolled students on Wednesday, December 15, 2011.

      This is UWM’s study day so there will not be any course schedule conflicts.

      At the orientation, you will be provided with a variety of important course-related information, sign up for your service-learning site, and you will complete necessary paperwork.

  9. What can I anticipate learning in the UWinteriM in New Orleans courses?

    Through these intensive courses, students learn about post-Katrina/Rita New Orleans landscape, society, and culture, particularly addressing the key issues of identity, politics, environment, and globalization through readings, lectures, tours, discussion sections, and D2L resources. The courses emphasize practical training in ethnographic fieldwork, ethics, methods and their application as related to New Orleans.

    Fundamentals of ethnographic fieldwork include:
    • Development of an individualized research topic
    • Systematic participant/observation
    • Data collection techniques
    • Fieldnote writing
    • Principles of organization, coding, and analysis of field data
    • Conducting of semi-formal interviews with community residents
    • Have training with audio/visual equipment

  10. What is the UWM in New Orleans Program?

    The UWM in New Orleans Program is a campus wide initiative with the goal of maintaining a sustained response to the national disaster of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. August 29, 2011 marked the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the return and recovery has been slow for residents in the Lower 9th Ward who face particular challenges in their efforts to rebuild. These issues present a teachable moment for students to learn how and in what ways race and other demographics influence the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.

    UWinteriM in New Orleans courses take students to New Orleans for a combined research and service learning opportunity. Students will gain a personal understanding of how the processes of a democratic dialogue works with controversial and often difficult dialogues surrounding our response as a nation to residents in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. Throughout their residency in New Orleans, students will engage in research which is interdisciplinary in scope and supports cross-cultural learning competency. Ethnographic field methods will support students’ learning as they engage in a variety of participant observation activities that highlight New Orleans’ cultural contributions to the larger society.

    Students will have a concentrated focus in the Lower 9th Ward. Service Learning placements with community partners in New Orleans will focus on return, restoration, relief, and recovery efforts.

    Each student will conduct an individualized research project where she/he will conduct a critical inquiry into understanding the many dimensions of governmental, communal and personal responsibility which emerged in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Students’ engagement in service learning activities predominately serves the 9th Ward residents. The residency element of this course provides students with an exceptional opportunity to become acquainted with the city of New Orleans and its diverse populations.

    • These are hands-on, experiential-driven courses where students design a research topic for an independent, individualized paper. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, training in ethnographic and qualitative research methods can prove to be beneficial for your career no matter what your discipline.

    • All students are encouraged to apply, especially students interested in topics concerning the environment, globalization, social justice, development, poverty, and health.

    • Not sure how your interests may fit into the topics listed? Contact us. The program is tailored individually to maximize the participant's potential for understanding and developing the skills needed for ethnographic, qualitative research. Students will have the opportunity to fulfill service learning at various sites.

  11. Is there a list-serve that I can sign up with to receive more information?

    Yes, send emails of interest to

  12. What resources are available for background information or to learn more about possible research topics?

    The UWM Libraries has a growing collection of related resources you may want to become familiar with before arriving in New Orleans. Click to review listings for text bibliography and a film resource guide