A closeup of 'Threshold' a green, tile mosaic created by Lynn Basa, located in the main entrance to Nancy Nicholas Hall.

Equity & Justice Network Summer Institute

The purpose of the Equity & Justice Network Summer Institute is to provide rising juniors and seniors from three Historically Black Colleges and Universities an intensive introduction to the scholarly opportunities at the School of Human Ecology at UW–Madison.

The Summer institute is part of the School of Human Ecology Equity & Justice Network, an initiative that supports the continued evolution of our school into a community wherein people with diverse backgrounds find success, share knowledge, and advance justice.

Students at a Summer Institute writing workshop, having conversations and sitting at tables with papers on them.

The inaugural Summer Institute

An immersive introduction to graduate school

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2022 Summer Institute


For the inaugural Institute, student participants were nominated by a faculty member from UW–Madison School of Human Ecology or one of our partner institutions:

  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • North Carolina A&T University

Airfare, a stipend, lodging, meals, and program costs were covered for those accepted to the Summer Institute. Participating students received a graduate school application waiver to be used in 2022 or 2023 (applications to SoHE graduate programs [PDF] only).


  • Introduction to the School of Human Ecology graduate program and individual departments
  • Department, research lab, and studio tours
  • Graduate student meet & greet
  • Workshops
    • Why pursue a graduate degree?
    • Writing your research statement
    • Identifying your research interests statements
    • Making the most of your graduate school education
    • Paying for graduate school
  • Field trips
    • Research site visit in Waukesha (Nia Project)
    • Milwaukee: Sherman Phoenix, Victory Garden Initiative
    • Campus walking lecture: Land, Loss, and Legacy: American Indians and the University of Wisconsin
  • Graduate alumni networking