As with so many complex, deeply rooted issues in contemporary society, systemic racism persists and higher education is one area where racial inequities are most visible. In collaboration with the Office of Research, the Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement established the Toward an Antiracist Campus Action Grant Program in July 2020. The purpose of this mini-grant program is to support small pilot projects with innovative ideas and actions that will help our institution work towards creating an equitable campus for all. Ten projects were selected in November. They are bringing together people from a range of academic disciplines to apply creative strategies to dismantle racism at UWM. Activities funded include new campus action based research, curricular innovation, opportunities for intellectual campus community discourse, and efforts to improve present and future campus climate.

Healing, Restoration, and Self-Care for Students of Color at UWM

  • Sara C. Benesh, Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science
  • Anika Wilson, Associate Professor and Chair, African and African Diaspora Studies
  • Jackline Kirungi, Africology Now President, PhD student in African and African Diaspora Studies

Taking action: Policing and campus safety at the intersection of race and disability

  • Elizabeth R. Drame, Professor School of Education/Teaching and Learning Department
  • Victoria Moerchen, Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences /Department of Kinesiology-Integrated Health Care and Performance
  • Chief Joseph LeMire, UW Milwaukee Police Department
  • Emily Levine, Executive Director, Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin

A Shift in Culture: Sustainable Actions Toward Cultivating an Anti-Racist Psychology Department on UWM’s Campus

  • Krista Lisdahl, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Bonnie Klein-Tasman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Haley Kolp, M.S., Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
  • Greta Minor, M.S., Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
  • Sara Pardej, M.S., Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
  • Chandler Zolliecoffer, M.S., Graduate Student, Department of Psychology

Multicultural Scholars Collaborative

  • Jacqueline Nguyen, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Cognitive & Developmental Sciences
  • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Paulina S. Lim, M.S.; Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology
  • Natalie Schneider, MBA; Organizations and Strategic Management Doctoral Candidate, Department of Management
  • Jason Puskar, Ph.D.; Associate Dean of Graduate School

Toward a Radically Welcoming and Engaging Campus: Stories of Belonging

  • Dr. Wilkistar Otieno, Associate Professor and Chair, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Chris Beimborn, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences STEM Outreach Coordinator
  • Dr. Jeremy Page, Assistant Dean of Student Services, College of Education
  • Dr. Kent Redding, Associate Professor, Sociology and Chair, Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies
  • Dr. Esther Chan, Assistant Professor, Sociology
  • Carly Rowe: NSF STEM PECS Scholar, Junior, Mechanical Engineering, Co-President, UWM SEDS Chapter
  • Ana Hansen, NSF STEM PECS Scholar, Senior, Industrial
    Engineering, Member of UWM’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders
  • Dakito Dasho: NSF STEM PECS Scholar, Junior, Computer Science

United We Will – Athletics Commitment to Anti-Racism

  • Kathy Litzau, Sr. Associate A.D., Chair, Athletics Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Cathy Rossi, Deputy A.D.
  • Pat Baldwin, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Kyle Rechlicz, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Scott Doffek, Head Baseball Coach
  • Chris Roche, Associate Director of Athletics – Development
  • Julius Martinez, Assistant Director of Athletics – Ticket Sales & Event Services
  • Jill Jurena, Compliance & Enrollment Services Coordinator
  • Shelley Bugni, Human Resources Assistant
  • Alisha Harper, Women’s Track & Field Alum
  • Trevor Coenen, Men’s Track Student-Athlete
  • Jasper Appleton, Men’s Swimming Student-Athlete

Antiracist Teaching Practices for Writing across Disciplines at UWM

  • Rachel Bloom-Pojar PhD, Associate Professor, English Department
  • Maria Novotny, PhD, Assistant Professor, English Department
  • Claire Edwards, PhD Student, English Department
  • Gitte Frandsen, PhD student, English Department
  • Mohammad (Anis) Rahman, PhD student, English Department
  • Chloe Smith, PhD Student, English Department
  • Madison Williams, PhD Student, English Department

Primer on Race Equity in MKE-A Short Course

  • Lynne Woehrle, Associate Professor,Director of Peacebuilding Programs, College of Nursin
  • Sarah MacDonald, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
  • Paru Shah, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Jeylan Turkoglu, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding, College of Nursing
  • Kaboni Gondwe, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Julia Snethen, Professor of Nursing
  • Kirk Harris, Associate Professor of Urban Planning

An Antiracist and Welcoming Community of Practice: Asset-based Equity in Honors

  • Dr. Peter Sands, Director, Honors College, and Associate Professor, English
  • Dr. Jill Budny, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Honors College
  • Dr. Alan Singer, Senior Lecturer, Honors College
  • Laura Blaska, Associate Director, Honors College
  • Morgan Mattly, Enrollment Coordinator, Honors College

Retreat From Racism: towards anti-racist campuses in the College of General Studies

  • Sue Kalinka, Chair Campus Climate Committee, Sr. Student Life Coordinator
  • CGS Student Affairs
  • Gregg Jamison, CGS Steering Committee Co-chair and Professor of Anthropology, CGS Social Sciences and Business
  • Scott Silet, Assistant Director of Libraries for the College of General Studies Library
  • Tim Thering, UWM at Waukesha Campus Administrator and Associate Professor of History, CGS Social Sciences and Business
  • Tima Guled, Director of Diversity Center for Washington County Campus. CGS Student Affairs
  • Schelzia Ross, CGS Director of TRIO Student Support Services
    CGS Student Affairs
  • Millie Wenzel, Director of Pre-College Programs and Diversity Center for Waukesha Campus, CGS Student Affairs