High School Partnerships

The UWM Honors College seeks to be a radically welcoming space where all students, staff, and faculty can flourish and experience genuine belonging.

As part of its effort to address racial inequities in higher education, the Honors College is committed to developing meaningful relationships with local high schools that predominantly serve students of color historically underrepresented at UWM. Our current partner schools include the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Casimir Pulaski High School, and Riverside University High School.


Using an asset-based model of near-peer mentoring, we bring together Honors undergraduates with students at our partner high schools to highlight pathways to college and to encourage them on their educational journey.

We travel to our partner schools in order to participate in small group discussions and other activities focused on college-readiness.

We also invite our high school friends to visit the Honors College, sit in on our classes, and tour the UWM campus.

We find creative ways to deepen our friendships with our partner schools using websites like Flipgrid and by hosting virtual panels to discuss research opportunities.

In addition, our faculty members meet with the teachers at our partner schools to discuss pedagogical practice, including how best to meet the challenges of virtual learning.

Finally, we are offering a scholarship specifically created to honor the students who are dedicated to antiracism efforts.

If you’re currently a member of the Honors College, help us celebrate and encourage the amazing students at our partner schools by volunteering in the Equity Team.  We need you! 

To volunteer, please email honors-antiracism@uwm.edu.

“Working with the kids of Pulaski has brought tremendous gratification into my life. Being a part of helping high schoolers understand the world of higher education is priceless. It has brought me joy and allowed me to understand others in a different way. I hope that more people get involved in this project as much as they possibly can.” –Nancy R. ’20