CUE Chairs Report

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 9.03.12 AMGreetings and welcome back to another jam-packed academic year!

Things are starting out full-tilt for CUE this year, adding several new initiatives, you will read about in this issue. Here are just a few highlights.

We were awarded a Baldwin Foundation Grant in collaboration with Curriculum and Instruction Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, partnering with C&I’s Professor Catherine Compton-Lilly, and Boyd Rossing and Margaret Nellis in the School of Human Ecology. Community partners include the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Family Engagement Office, the City of Madison “MOST” (Madison Out of School Time) Coalition, the Family Voices Project, Vera Court and Meadowood Neighborhood Centers and the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. CUE Fellows Marian Slaughter and Sue Stanton are leading the implementation of the grant which includes: developing a specialized literacy tutoring program, teaching a tutor/mentor training course on cultural humility, gathering partners to share information around family engagement, and building bridges to campus for youth that may not currently see college as part of their lives. Congratulations to Sue and Marian for the hard work they put into the design of this project and its successful award!

CUE has also embarked on a new partnership with the Vice Chancellor’s Office of University Relations – two new “CUE South Madison Fellows” have been hired to strengthen ties between UW-Madison and the South Madison area. College access will be stressed as well as building community capacity with several nonprofit organizations including the Urban League, where the CUE Fellows will maintain an office, and support for Slow Food UW’s work with Family Voices, Centro Hispano, and the Odyssey Project. Read on for a short introduction of these new Fellows. We are really excited about what they’ve already accomplished and their plans for the year.

Our partnership with the Nelson Institute is going strong. CUE Fellows Ashleigh Ross and Dadit Hidayat secured Zieve Fellowships to teach Community Gardening and a new Community-Based Research class with the South Madison Farmers’ Market, respectively.

We are teaching the former “Delta” graduate course again in a concentrated workshop format as CP620, as well as hosting the Midwest Knowledge Mobilization Network Fall Meeting. Members include Notre Dame, DePaul, Loyola-Chicago, and IUPUI as well as UW-M. Please join us for a free day of learning, sharing, and lunch (who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?) on October 18th. Don’t miss the keynote by Phil Nyden of the Center for Urban Learning and Research at Loyola-Chicago.  ■

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