Call for applications: Wisconsin Without Borders Recognition Awards for Global Engaged Scholarship

In alignment with its mission, Wisconsin Without Borders (WWB) is soliciting nominations of outstanding examples of globally engaged scholarship by members of the UW-Madison community. To be considered, applications should describe projects involving collaboration between faculty, students, university staff, and non-academic partners that address a problem identified by community members.

Awards will be offered in three categories – (1) faculty/academic staff, (2) graduate students, and (3) undergraduate students. Applicants in both categories may be nominated individually or as a group for a joint project. Faculty/academic staff and graduate students may apply on behalf of the same project, but students must demonstrate contributions independent of the faculty/staff member(s). The award amount will average $500 to $1000 per project. The number of awards offered will be determined by the selection committee. Award winners are expected to be willing to serve on the selection committee for a subsequent year’s awards process.

Deadline Application deadline is 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017.

Application Process

Individuals may apply on their own behalves or nominate someone else. All applications will be expected to include (1) a completed information form (available at ) and (2) a response to the following prompts: Please describe: x x x The project and your role within it; The impact of the project on the community; How the project meets the principles of community engagement (service learning, community-based research, outreach, or other responsive worN); and, How the service and/or research is applicable to the larger global community outside of the target population. All responses should be: 2 to 4 pages typed double-spaced, 1.0” margins, and 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Completed applications will be due via e-mail by Wednesday, March 15th at 11:59pm to Project Eligibility Projects may be of varying durations or structures, but must be a community-engaged learning and research action that is informed by a global perspective, address a community-identified societal need, and demonstrate excellence or leadership in the integration of academic and community engagement. Projects must demonstrate a global (or local to global) connection, but do not have to be located outside of the U.S. All nominees must also demonstrate that their project was completed in a credit-bearing framework. Projects must have been active during the last year, starting in the summer of 2016. Projects should be substantially completed by March 2017. No minimum duration required. These awards are for prior achievement and do not apply to proposals for future work. For more information on the judging criteria, please visit Please contact WWB Graduate Fellow, Garrett Grainger at with any questions.

Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace makes a difference throughout globe.

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Ashley Summers never imagined herself standing in the mountains of Ecuador when she first entered the Student Organization fair at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

But nine months later, the UW–Madison student from Wauwatosa would travel to a small community outside Cotacachi to work with local artisan group, Sumak Muyo.

“It was interesting seeing how the work we do in Wisconsin translates into these small communities, and it makes a difference in these women’s lives,” Summers says, “Because that’s what our organization is really about… giving these artisans the empowerment and the skills to run their own business.”

Summers is a part of Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace (WWBM), a student organization that collaborates with artisan groups from Mexico, Ecuador, Nepal, India and Kenya to sell their jewelry, scarves and bags in Madison. The profits are reinvested back into the artisans’ communities to support community development efforts such as education, health care and food.

The women in Ecuador use local beads, string and other materials to make their necklaces that are sold in Madison. JEN WAGMAN/UW-MADISON

The operations, marketing and sales for the Marketplace are primarily led by students. Janet Niewold, faculty advisor for the WWBM, believes this organization offers students opportunities to build skills in any career field they choose, whether it’s business, fashion, global health, graphic design or marketing.

“We are trying to develop economic opportunities [for students], so that they can get involved with the community using their skills,” Niewold says, “Because it’s the students’ skills that bring this project to life.”

Students begin the process by communicating with artisan groups, like Sumak Muyo, to discuss order timeline, products, questions and any other confusions. Then, the women of Sumak Muyo travel from their indigenous community, La Calera, to Otavalo to buy materials such as acai, pambil, coco, tagua nuts, beads and string if needed.

After they have their supplies, the artisans will gather at one of their homes to create the necklaces, or products for the order. When the order is finished, it will be sent to the United States, where WWBM pays for both the order and the shipping expenses. The final sale prices are calculated based on labor, time and materials.

The process can slightly vary depending on the community and what products they are creating. For example, the groups in Kenya make bags and rely on very traditional artisanship that only the older generations know, so instead of ordering products, a representative will buy bags during visits and use a lot of the funding for community development projects like a partnership building solar-powered lights with Insight Wisconsin. The products are then sold at local art fairs, in an online store and elsewhere.

The streets in the village of Tabuga, Ecuador. JEN WAGMAN/UW-MADISON


This interdisciplinary organization relies on various departments across the UW campus to coordinate “sustainable models for expanding product sales opportunities,” according to the website.

Jen Wagman, a student director for WWBM, explains that there are several components of the organization that students can participate in. For example, the organization’s origins derived from the global health certificate, but WWBM is a registered student organizations with the School of Business BBA program and collaborates the School of Human Ecology to analyze fashion trends. The project has financial and strategic aspects, as students can expand the marketplace and the awareness of fair trade practices in Madison.

Wagman, who’s from Verona, says “what draws student into the organization is having that true experience of what you might be doing someday,” and the ability to use their skills while making small differences in these artisans’ communities.

“Anyone can make a difference in any way, shape or form. It can be in any capacity, whether it’s in your dorm, in your apartment, in your house, and translate into these big world issues,” Wagman says, “Every day you impact so many people. Just being able to recognize that, even if you just buy a pair of earrings, you can have a big impact.”

Summers, event coordinator for WWBM, reiterated that any student who is interested in fair trade practices or applying their skills into a real business can get involved with the Marketplace. She says, “It’s a lot of work for a student organization, but you gain real skills, and it’s rewarding.”

For more information about the organization or would like to purchase their products, visit its website or email

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We’re hiring a student intern!



The Global Health Institute (GHI) is seeking a student intern to support our office operations and educational programs. Position will be approximately 10-15 hours/week, and can be somewhat flexible based on class schedule; however, the intern must be available to assist a Wednesday evening class that meets from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences Learning Center during spring semester 2017. Other shifts will be mainly during regular business hours (8am-5pm, M-F), except to help with occasional evening events. Rate of pay is $10/hour.


* Assist with PHS 644 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health and Disease class (Wednesdays 5-7:30 p.m. in HSLC): attend weekly during spring semester to help with taking attendance, provide overall tech support (most lectures will be taught via teleconference) and generally support the core faculty in running the course

* Help staff the central campus GHI office, answering phone and responding to email and walk-in inquiries

* Filing, copying, scanning

* Order office supplies and keep the supply room organized

* Assist with scheduling meetings, making room reservations, and taking notes at meetings

* Assist with events and occasional international visitors

* Other misc. support for administrative and financial staff as needed



* Prefer experience using Learn@UW, Canvas, Pexip, Qualtrics

* Fluent in MS Office suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook

* Experience working in a business office environment

Skills and Abilities:

* Attention to detail and strong organizational skills

* Strong customer service skills

* Tech savvy

* Positive attitude and willingness to learn new tasks

* Ability to organize time and set priorities

* Maturity and ability to work with people from different backgrounds and foreign countries


GHI is a cross-campus unit, working with faculty, staff, and students from a diverse spectrum of disciplines at UW-Madison, throughout Wisconsin and across the globe. We help provide global health field experiences for undergrads and graduate/professional students at UW-Madison, and we administer an internal grant program to support global health efforts of faculty, staff, and graduate students across campus, fostering the Wisconsin Idea locally and globally.

How to Apply:

Email cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two work references to Monet Haskins at The deadline for applications is Feb 6, 2017.

Incubator Grants for Interdisciplinary Research in Regional and International Studies announced

The UW-Madison’s International Division, working through its Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), announces a competition for small grants designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research in international or regional studies by UW-Madison faculty members across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Incubator Grant Announcement IRIS 2017