Nilvio Alexander Punguil BravoGraduate Student


Nilvio Alexander Punguil Bravo is a Ph.D. student in the department of Civil Society and Community Research in the School of Human Ecology. His current research is action-oriented and focuses on community outreach, which brings positive mental health outcomes for underserved populations. His aim is to research the implementation of arts as a form of collective therapeutic expression for healing trauma in communities which suffer from oppression, especially among minority groups.

Education and Relevant Experience

Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020 with a masters in Social Work with a focus on mental health. In 2017 He graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelors in Rehabilitation Psychology. In 2010 he obtained an Associate Degree of Applied Arts in Graphic Design and Illustration from Madison College in Wisconsin.

He has been teaching as a TA first and second level Spanish for the University of Wisconsin in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, since 2019.

In 2020 as part of his Social Work field placement internship, he completed his practice in Adolescent Alcohol/Drug Assessment Intervention (AADAIP), providing mental health services for teens and families to achieve their goals. In 2019 he did his practice for Forward Solutions providing mental health services to individuals to achieve independence. In 2017 he was a co-facilitator for adolescents with special needs for Access to Independence. In 2015 he was part of the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA) as a co-chair in art and culture. In addition, he designed a calendar for Habitat for Humanity of Dane County ReStore in 2012. In 2010 He designed, edited, and translated internationally distributed materials for “Vidas Entrejidas / Woven Lives” for the University of Wisconsin Madison – Design Studies. In 2016 he was a tutor for children with special needs for Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR). Furthermore, he has been involved in many art installations and showings in the Madison area, one of them being Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL). He also plays in a band which has participated in many fundraisers in the Madison area.

Awards and Recognition

Dean’s List

2016-2017 Spring, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2016 Summer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2015-2016 Spring, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2013 Fall, Madison College, Madison, WI

2008 Spring, Madison College, Madison, WI

2007 Spring and Fall, Madison College, Madison, WI

2006 Fall, Madison College, Madison, WI

Portrait of Alex Punguil Bravo, a Latino.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research


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