Story by Maddie Kranz x’24, UW–Madison student studying Community & Nonprofit Leadership and Art History.
Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin visited the School of Human Ecology on August 24, 2023. All photos by Andy Manis.
When you visit the School of Human Ecology, it’s all about people. And what better way to learn about the school’s research, academic programs, and student experiences than through focused conversations with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff. For Chancellor Mnookin’s third visit to the school in less than 12 months, she had a chance to talk with some of the people who represent both the present and the future of Human Ecology.
Human Ecology’s new faculty have funded grant proposals, interesting research designs that span disciplines and populations across the world, and high-impact research and outreach efforts aimed at improving societal outcomes, locally and globally.
David J. Pate Jr., Visiting Associate Professor of Consumer Science and Human Development & Family Studies, discusses his work in fatherhood and the impact of social welfare on Black men and their families.
Cliff Robb, Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Professor in Money, Relationships & Equality (MORE) and chair of the Consumer Science department (left) and Jung-hye Shin, chair of the Design Studies department discuss strengths and new opportunities for Human Ecology’s academic programs.
MFA student Veronica Yang Pham talks about the takeaways from her time as a student.
In this conversation with Chancellor Mnookin, graduate students highlighted the holistic student support they receive from the School of Human Ecology. When students meet moments of unexpected need, Human Ecology is able to support them because of the discretionary funds that philanthropy makes possible.
Undergraduate students told Chancellor Mnookin that when they were accepted to UW–Madison, they were unsure if it was financially feasible. However, through Badger Promise, Bucky’s Tuition Promise, and scholarship opportunities through the School of Human Ecology, the students are making their dreams of higher education a reality and expect to graduate debt-free.
Mariana Ray-Hernandez, a first-generation student, transferred to UW–Madison from UW–Milwaukee in fall of 2022 and is majoring in Community & Nonprofit Leadership.
Makenna Cox is a senior majoring in Human Development & Family Studies from Hortonville, Wisconsin.
Alicia Hazen, Assistant Dean & Career Services Director (far left) and Patrick Jackson, Senior Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services (far right) join Chancellor Mnookin’s conversation with undergraduate students in the Dorothy O’Brien Innovation Lab.
Chancellor Mnookin gets a sneak-peek of the student-curated exhibition Social Threads: Making, Mending, and Maintaining Community. Graduate student Atefeh Ahmadi (left) explains the process of researching and contextualizing the exhibition’s pieces, using an arpillera as an example. An arpillera is a patchwork textile made predominantly by groups of women as a form of political protest. This Peruvian arpillera, titled Lavamos La Bandera (We Wash the Flag), depicts citizens washing the country’s flag outside of the Government Palace in Lima. This action of political critique occurred each week for five months, until Former President Fujimori resigned. In the context of the Social Threads exhibition, the arpillera serves as an example of using textiles to communicate and commemorate a time of communal activism.
Chancellor Mnookin shares lunch with members of Human Ecology’s staff in a round-table conversation about what it means to foster a culture of innovation and the ways the school is poised to lead in the area of human flourishing. The conversation also touched on the value of higher education and what we can do to help ensure that it is accessible to all.