June 15, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning, colleagues. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.

Fall Planning/Re-opening

We will finalize our decisions about the fall term this week. Look for a message from the Chancellor by Wednesday that will outline plans for fall semester. Yesterday, UW System announced general guidance for fall, with more detail to follow.


Professor Emeritus William Velez (Sociology) has been named the recipient of the 2020 American Sociological Association (ASA) Latina/o Section Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award. There are more than 5,000 members of the ASA and Julian Samora was a pioneer in the study of Latina/os. This is a high honor, indeed. Congratulations, William!

Kimberly Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) participated in Split This Rock’s virtual poetry reading, “Poems of Provocation and Witness,” on May 29 together with poets Marilyn Chin, Mahogany L. Browne, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. The performance was part of the semi-annual Washington, D.C. festival that was moved online and the performance is housed on the Split This Rock YouTube Channel. Well done, Kimberly.

Colleen Galambos (Social Work) was selected as a winner of the Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” award for 2020. This is a very prestigious award given to a select few women in our community who have made significant contributions in their respective fields of endeavor. Congratulations, Colleen!

Academic Inclusion

Belle Rose Ragins (Lubar School of Business) and Kyle Ehrhardt (University of Colorado Denver and UWM alum) conducted a study documenting that diversity courses can increase students’ willingness to develop cross-race friendships and speak up for diversity. Cross-race friendships are one of the most effective ways to change attitudes. The study was recently accepted for publication at the Journal of Applied Psychology, a top-tier journal in the field.  

In the News

Psychology Department Chair Hobey Davies and Academy for Eating Disorders Founding Fellow Stacey Nye joined CBS 58 to talk about mental health.

Milwaukee Athletics
United We Will. A message from Milwaukee Director of Athletics Amanda Braun.

The Week


I start the week with my daily Crisis Management Team Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, and a meeting on our  System-wide freshwater initiative. I will then join the Academic Staff Committee. Later, I have a CMT meeting, my monthly meeting with Purush Papatla, my weekly staff meeting, the IT Advisory Council meeting, and my daily meeting with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, I’ll join Chancellor Mone on a call regarding online Academic Partnerships, I have an M3 update with the Chancellor, a meeting with the School of Education Summer Work Group, and my monthly meeting with Tom Luljak, Kay Eilers, and Dave Clark. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting, I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and my “end of day” meeting with Dev and Laura.


Today, I have my daily CMT Leadership meeting, my one-on-one with Mark Harris, a Connected System Institute meeting, my monthly meeting with Stan Stojkovic, a meeting with the deans, and a Campus Space Planning meeting. Then, I’ll provide welcome remarks at the Bi-Annual Connected Systems Institute Steering Committee meeting, followed by a Campus Budget Plan meeting.


In the morning, I have my final CMT Leadership meeting for the week, a UW Colleges Restructuring/CGS meeting, my one-on-one with Dave Clark, an Executive Cabinet check-in, and my one-on-one with Mary Bunzel. In the afternoon, I have my standing meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, my monthly meeting with Nancy Frank, my standing meeting with Simon Bronner, and my usual daily meeting with Dev and Laura.

Friday (furlough day)

Today is the celebration of Juneteenth.


Health Disparities Panel Discussion

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed existing inequalities within and between societies and made them worse. On June 17 at 1:30 p.m., an expert panel of health professionals will look at how the virus is reflecting and widening health disparities in our community and the world and what can be done to address it. Registration.

Call for Nominations: 2020 LGBTQ+ Champion of the Year Award

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for LGBTQ+ Advocacy is seeking nominations for the annual LGBTQ+ Champion of the Year Award. Nominees can be individuals or groups of UWM faculty, staff, or students. To see criteria, past award recipients, and to nominate an individual or group for the LGBTQ+ Champion of the Year Award, visit the LGBTQ+ Champion of the Year Award page. All nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. 

Teams Tips


My next Update will be on June 29.

Take care,

 Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs