Education Sessions


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IMPORTANT ---> If you attend an outside education session, please send a short reflection on what you learned at the event.


Thursday, February 16
LGBTQ Identities and the Criminal Justice System

5:30 - 6:30 PM

LGBT Books to Prisoners will have a discussion about the criminal justice system and how the prison system disproportionately targets LGBTQ+ folks.


Friday, February 24
Transportation and Equity

3:00 - 4:00 PM

This ed session will discuss the various ways in which transportation and equity are interrelated.

Friday, March 3

Sustainability Issues and the Peace Corps

3:00 - 4:00 PM

The Representative for the Peace Corps at UW-Madison, Abigail Cook, will talk about her journey with the Peace Corps in the developing West African nation of Senegal.


Wednesday, March 8
On Volunteering and Privilege

6:00 - 7:00 PM

We will discuss how our own identity impacts the work we do as volunteers. Our goal is to provide you with tools to provide better services within the community.


Thursday, March 9
Education and Health Consequences of Pollution

5:30 - 6:30 PM

In this talk, Dr. Persico will describe her recent research, which shows how prenatal exposure to pollution can contribute to long-term inequalities in child health, behavior and academic achievement.

Monday, April 3

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Domestic violence is pervasive. We will discuss the prevalence, forms, and causes of domestic violence. We will talk about services DAIS provides to survivors. 


Thursday, April 6
What is Social Enterprise?
5:30 - 6:30 PM

 BV Director, Steph Harrill will lead a discussion about the evolving concept of a “social enterprise” which combines the practices of generating revenue while pursuing a social or environmental mission.


Friday, April 7
Financial Barriers to College Completion
3:00 - 4:00 PM

This education session will explore the concurrent trends of increasing college costs, decreasing government support for higher education, and inadequate financial aid for low- to moderate-income students and their families.


Monday, April 10
The Scope of the Opioid Epidemic in Wisconsin

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Please join us for an overview of the opioid epidemic in WI and a framework used to understand it and respond to it at the local and state levels.

Wednesday, April 12

UHS and Mental Health
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Please join representatives from UW-Madison's University Health Services for a discussion on mental health.

Monday, April 17
Public Health in Dane County
5:30 - 6:30 PM

In this lecture, Dr. Patrick Remington will describe his career from pre-med student at the UW, to a physician, CDC epidemiologist, public health doctor in Wisconsin, to a professor of public health at the UW. He'll describe the leading public health problems right here in Dane County, and how to use a combined approach of "medicine and public health" to address them. And finally he will describe how volunteering can help you learn more about your community--and yourself--as you consider future careers. RSVP here

Wednesday, April 19 (new date!)
Water Quality and Security

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Interested in water quality issues? This session will discuss local to global issues, from Flint, Michigan to the lack of adequate sanitation in developing countries. All of these issues will focus on water quality and security and why it is important to protect this vital and diminishing resource, which will be an issue of growing importance in our near future. Learn about how you can become a better informed citizen and how you can protect our water resources and be more sustainable. RSVP here

Thursday, April 20
The Wisconsin Idea: Do our roots point the way to our future?

5:30 - 6:30 PM

You have probably heard people around here talk about “the Wisconsin Idea,” “Sifting and Winnowing,” “The Boundaries of the University are the Boundaries of the State” and “the Wisconsin Experience.” What do these phrases have to do with each other? What do they have to do with the history of UW-Madison? And more importantly, what do they have to do with YOU, as a student or as a Badger Volunteer? Join us for some “disambiguation” without even using Wikipedia! RSVP here

Wednesday, April 26
Prisoner Re-Entry Simulation
6:00 - 9:00 PM

This year, the Morgridge Center for Public Service and the Psychology Department are partnering to bring Madison Urban Ministry's Prisoner Re-Entry Simulation back to campus. This three-part event will consist of an introduction to restorative justice, the re-entry simulation, and a panel discussion and debriefing. Please RSVP to join us in learning about the impacts of the criminal justice system. RSVP here

Friday, April 28
UW-Madison First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour

3:30 - 4:30 PM

At the beginning of the 21st century, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to claim 'more distinct archaeological sites here than on any other university campus in the country—maybe even in the world!' As such, UW-Madison is re-conceptualizing how the entire campus landscape can serve as a classroom and can address learning goals for students. Inhabited for 12,000 years, we will discuss the environmental and social transformations of our place and of our landscape captured through the eyes of the UW student body. We will see reflections of our campus community’s relationship and understanding of the First Nations of the western Great Lakes by visiting buildings and campus markers that illuminate our journey from Dejope (Four Lakes) to Madison. ** Please note that this education session will take place outside, rain or shine, and will start at Bascom Hall. RSVP here