Are You Currently Receiving or Interested in an AmericCorps or Tribal AmeriCorps grant?

If so, Serve Wisconsin is offering a 2-day workshop for you all to receive expert assistance and ample work time on your next AmeriCorps or Tribal AmeriCorps grant! This very special opportunity will be held in Madison, WI and conducted in partnership with WEC: Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Dr. Good, the WEC team, and Serve Wisconsin will spend two days helping you to develop the best

  • Theory of Change
  • Logic Model
  • Program Design
  • Performance Measures
  • Data Systems
  • Evidence
  • Evaluation

This workshop will not only provide information on each of these key grant components, but also offer plenty of work time to receive 1:1 and small group support!

To make this event the best it can be, please submit your burning AmeriCorps grant questions in advance on this form!

RSVP today, but no later than August 1, 2017!




First Cohort of Native Students to Graduate From UW Madison College Pipeline Program

Tacked to the wall of his bedroom on the Oneida Indian Reservation is evidence of how hard Michael Williams worked as a high school student — an acceptance letter to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

But the real prize, the acceptance letter to UW–Madison, his dream school, travels with him in his backpack, always within reach.

Growing up, Williams, 18, says he watched too many young people flounder in their attempts to leave the reservation and find opportunities elsewhere. He was determined not to be one of them.

“I’ve always wanted to further my education,” he says. “The more I know, the better I feel personally. And I think college is the step to a successful job and a secure future.”

Williams participated in an extensive college pipeline program sponsored by UW–Madison for students from tribal communities. It is a new component of a long-running UW diversity initiative called the Information Technology Academy. The first cohort of 10 Native students, including Williams, is graduating from the program this spring and will be in Madison June 3 for a ceremony marking the occasion.

“The program changed my life,” says Williams, who plans to begin classes at UW–Madison this fall.

He had always hoped to attend college, he says, but UW had not been on his radar prior to the program. During a trip to Madison, he was captivated by the urban environment and found everything on the campus “new and exotic.” He could picture himself among the student body.

“I especially like the idea of walking to class every day and running into friends and new strangers,” says Williams, who has always traveled to school by bus or car. “It’ll be an experience I’ve never had before.”

The initiative is one of the most direct ways university administrators are trying to increase enrollment of American Indian students, currently estimated at just under 1 percent of 43,336 students.

A little background: The Academic Technology Department of the UW’s Division of Information Technology created the Information Technology Academy (ITA) 17 years ago. There are now three programs under its umbrella. All work to increase the number of students of color at UW–Madison and in the field of information technology — two areas where historically they’ve been underrepresented.

ITA Madison, the original program, began in 2000 and works with students from Madison public schools. Three years ago, the tribal component was added to more explicitly recruit American Indian students. It is called ITA’s Tribal Technology Institute and serves two communities: the Oneida Nation near Green Bay and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Wisconsin.

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Hourly Opportunity for UW Madison Students

For any students interested in working with the partnership UW-Madison is crafting with our Wisconsin Native Nations, please consider this hourly opportunity with the Nelson Institute.

Looking for organized, attentive, and reliable students with experience in an office setting (work-study students are encouraged to apply).

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled! Anticipated start date February 6, 2017. More details about the position are included in the attachment. (Job Description)

UW-Madison Is Announcing New Arts Venture Challenge Call for Submissions

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Calling All Entrepreneurs!

Consider submitting your great idea to the New Arts Venture Challenge.


The UW–Madison New Arts Venture Challenge is a campus-wide competition encouraging new thinking and innovative ideas. Entrants will develop and submit a thorough proposal for an arts event, exhibition, series, commercial venture, or other artistic projects.

Proposals should demonstrate creativity, innovation, added value to the arts, and potential for success. After the top four finalists are selected, they will present their projects to a panel of judges. The first prize award is $2,000 and $500 for second prize (up to three awards for second). The deadline is April 14, 2015. You can find out more about the application process on our website.




The Center on Education and Work at the UW-Madison is offering four workshops as part of its annual Summer Institute on Career Development. The workshops are designed for professionals who work with youth or adults in education, counseling, or career preparation roles. Cost is $99 per workshop. Visit for details and registration. Space is limited so do not delay.

1. Assessments 201: Building Your Expertise Thurs, July 17, 9 am – 12 pm Interested in “what’s new” in career assessments? Wondering if there is a more effective way to interpret the assessments your office uses? In this workshop, we will explore a range of issues related to using both formal and informal career assessments beyond just “administering a test”. Discussion will include topics such as how to best determine whether an assessment would be helpful for a particular client/student, deciding what assessment to use, interpreting assessment results with the client/student, and new assessment instruments. Participants will take several assessments and role play interpreting the results with a client/student. Judy Ettinger, Ph.D., GCDF Instructor and Master Trainer, Senior Outreach Specialist, Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2. Emotional Intelligence Skills Thurs, July 17, 1 pm – 4 pm During tough exchanges in the workplace we often find ourselves losing our balance and our ability to collaborate effectively.  It’s widely known that more people lose a job due to issues with other people than for a lack of technical competency. This interactive workshop will explore how to recognize a fuller range of choice in how we hear and respond to difficult messages. Participants will learn practical techniques for developing emotional intelligence, practicing self-care in stressful situations, and teaching these skills to others. These techniques are useful to anyone, whether they are struggling with office politics, meeting overwhelm or an inability to move projects forward. Career practitioners, educators, managers– anyone can use this information to assist in the development of these skills with those they serve, manage or teach, as well as for their own personal and professional development. Jennifer Warnick, Trainer Certification Candidate, International Center for Nonviolent Communication, and Director, Wisconsin Empathy Guild; and Debra Claire, Disability Specialist, Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

3. Starting Up a Business: What Does it Take? Fri, July 18, 9 am -12 pm Starting up a business is an option that appeals to many individuals. But what does it realistically take to start up a business… and how can you assist your students and clients who want to explore a start-up idea? In this workshop we will be introduced to the Business Model Canvas, a free, cutting-edge tool which allows individuals to visually outline a new business or start-up idea. Discussion will include how to pick a viable business idea, what personality traits and skills it takes to be successful, and how to define and market to your audience. Participants will also walk through a Business Simulation exercise, an interactive tool that they can share with their own clients or students. This interactive workshop will present the latest information and resources available in the area of business start-ups, delivered in a way that is sure to be both educational and fun. Julie Wood, Education Program Manager and Youth Camp Director, and Michelle Somes-Booher, Business Consultant; Small Business Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

4. Applying and Interviewing for Jobs in the Year 2014 Fri, July 18, 1 pm – 4 pm Skype interviews… group interviews… getting past the HR office. Changes in technology along with a tighter economy and job market have affected the application, interview, and hiring process. If you work with students or clients on employability or job seeking skills, this workshop will help you better prepare them for the challenge. Participants will hear from a UW-Madison advisor about the process used to help students apply and interview for jobs, a Human Resources Professional at Epic Systems in Madison regarding the hiring process from an employer’s point of view, and a professional who focuses on how to apply for and land a public sector job. Participants will gain valuable insights on the employment and decision-making process, and information that every job seeker will face in seeking employment in today’s world. Chris McIntyre, Advisor, School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lisa E. Dally, Affirmative Action Officer, Wisconsin Department of Administration; and a Human Resources Professional TBN from Epic Systems, Madison, WI.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Hiring Ethnographer Position

University of Wisconsin – Madison

  Position Vacancy Listing

        PVL # 78774

         Working Title:  Ethnographer
         Official Title:
               Degree and area of specialization:
PhD or equivalent degree in education, anthropology, social science, or related field

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

At least one year’s experience conducting ethnographic research in school or university settings, with college-aged populations, or with marginalized youth or young adults in the U.S. Experience conducting semi-structured observations, participant observation, semi- and unstructured interviews, photoethnography, and/or community mapping methods desired. Previous experience with team research, Dedoose, and comparative ethnography would be beneficial. Strong analytic and writing skills necessary.
Minimum of six months professional or educational conducting qualitative research with young people and/or in schools; one year or more experience strongly preferred.  Experience conducting observations, participant observation, semi- and unstructured interviews, photoethnography, and/or community mapping methods desired. Strong analytic and organizational skills required. Previous experience with team research, Dedoose, and comparative ethnography would be beneficial. Experience with or strong interest in U.S. higher education and issues of equity are desirable.

Principal duties:

This study will examine how low-income students in four diverse public four-year colleges in Wisconsin conceptualize college affordability, and how, in turn, these conceptualizations impact their decisions about whether or not to continue in college after their first year.  One full-time ethnographer will be based in each of the four college institutions for a 15-month period. The ethnographers will conduct a six-month ethnography of the institution and its engagement with low-income students, and will then conduct interviews, observations, photoethnography and community mapping activities with 15 select low-income students on their campus. Student activities will be conduced in the second semester of students, first year of college, over the summer, and in the first semester of the students’ second year of college. The position will require the researcher to live in the town in which the college is located. Limited funding will be available for moving and professional expenses related to the relocation. For more information of the project, visit the William T Grant Foundation.
Duties for the position include:
-institutional ethnography (months 1-6): observations, participant observations, semi-structured interviews with administrators and leaders, document reviews -student-focused ethnography (months 7-15): creating rapport, observations/shadowing, participant observation, semi- and unstructured interviews, photoethnography, community mapping activities -across all ethnographic activities: review and comment on the conceptual framework and research design, help in the preparation and revision of research protocols, jointly construct the data management plan , collect and manage data, writing up field notes and memos, participating in regular group meetings and occasional workshops among all team members, participating in single-site and comparative data analysis, participate in preparation of cross-site manuscripts, and lead in preparation of single-site manuscripts in collaboration with PIs.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

2014 Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory PEOPLE Request for Proposal


Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB)

on behalf of the

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Due April 1, 2014 2pm (CST)

External Evaluation of the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE)


On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer and Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement, hereinafter referred to as the “University,” Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, hereinafter referred to as the “Wei LAB,” through the University’s Purchasing Department, hereinafter referred to as “Purchasing,” is soliciting written proposals on a competitive basis from interested and qualified individuals or entities to conduct a thorough review, external assessment, and provide a written report of the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), hereinafter referred to as “PEOPLE.”

You can find the full RFP by clicking on the following link:

PEOPLE at Menominee Indian High School

Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) will be at the Menominee Indian High School on Sunday December 8, 2013 from 11am-2pm.


Sunday, December 8th

Menominee Indian HS Auditorium

About the Event

Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting and other business professionals will share with the students what it takes to be an entrepreneur, what characteristics lend themselves well to success in the field of business, and how to write and use a business plan in order to create change in our world. After panelists share their experiences and we explain to the students how to write a ‘simple’ form of a business plan, we will break our students up into groups and allow them time to use the PEOPLE template to create their own business plan. They will practice a pitch and present to our panelists. The panelists will then select a winning team from the middle and high school programs, which will win a prize.

The event aims to convey to students the power of entrepreneurship as an agent for change. Regardless of what future careers our students decide to pursue, the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can empower them to become better problem-solvers and action-takers. This is a message that we hope speaks to all of our students.


Our mission is to help students successfully make each transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college. Approximately 1,300 students currently participate in the PEOPLE Program ranging from second grade through undergraduate college level. We began in 1999 with 66 eager ninth-graders from Milwaukee public high schools who are now completing college degrees and entering the workforce. The PEOPLE Program has admitted 359 students
to the UW–Madison under our scholarship program

The success of the program may be attributed to our dedicated K-12 education partners, to our supportive parents, to a solid foundation provided by the university and private donors and, most importantly, to the persistent need for such programming in the state of Wisconsin. Together, we are making college accessible to more students of color and/or those from low-income families.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028