The Morgridge Center for Public Service is ecstatic to welcome Brittany Colón as the center’s first administrative assistant.
The new administrative assistant will help the faculty director and the administrative director with scheduling and logistics. As the administrative assistant, Colón will also help organize campus-wide activities, such as the Civic Action Plan and Advisory Board meetings, in addition to planning Morgridge Center events and gatherings.
Colón comes to the center with a diverse background of experiences in administrative and community work over the last 15 years. She has previously worked for the Sun Prairie School District as an administrative assistant as well as a special education assistant.
Colón has also taken on several administrative roles in a volunteer capacity. She currently serves on the Parent Advisory board at the UW Children’s Hospital. For research projects through the Children’s Hospital, Colón has worked with partners such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center’s WI LEND program, which stands for Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities.
“What really made me interested and excited about the job was the Morgridge Center itself,” she says.
Colón has always loved working with students. She traces this passion back to her family, who instilled within her the importance of education.
She was also drawn to the Morgridge Center’s culture. Her family came to the United States from Puerto Rico, and she says she grew up celebrating many different holidays, beliefs and traditions.
“Culture is not just a buzzword for myself or for my family. It’s a lived experience,” she says. “And it’s ever-changing and evolving.”
Colón looks forward to working with staff to make sure operations run smoothly at an administrative level while also helping to foster an inclusive environment for students.
“I want to encourage students to embrace their unique lived experiences, because I truly believe that is what made me who I am and why I’m here now,” she says. “To ensure the students here feel celebrated and represented, I want them to feel that just by being, they are valued.”