Nilvio Alexander Punguil BravoGraduate Student

I am a PhD student in the Civil Society & Community Research program at the School of Human Ecology. My current research is action-oriented and focuses on community outreach, which brings positive mental health outcomes for underserved populations. My 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.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2020 with a master’s degree in social work with a focus on mental health. In 2017, I graduated from UW–Madison with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation psychology. In 2010, I obtained an Associate Degree of Applied Arts in Graphic Design and Illustration from Madison College in Wisconsin.

I have worked as a teaching assistant for first and second level Spanish for UW in the Spanish and Portuguese departments since 2019.

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

Awards and Recognition

  • Dean’s List
    • University of Wisconsin–Madison: Spring 2016-2017, Summer 2016, Spring 2015-2016
    • Madison College, Madison, WI: Fall 2013, Spring 2008, Spring and Fall 2007, Fall 2006
Portrait of Alex Punguil Bravo, a Latino.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research


Phone: 608-695-1490