On the Table tackles big issues at UWM

Some 170 people gathered at UWM to discuss some of the biggest issues facing Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin: systemic racism, funding models for public amenities like mass transit and museums, the opioid epidemic, childhood poverty and trauma.

What brought them together was the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s “On the Table” communitywide conversation, which attracted perhaps 10,000 people throughout the region to talk about problems and possible solutions. UWM was a “super host” for the second year.

Organizers hope to turn some of the ideas into action. UWM participants can apply for mini grants through the Office of Global Inclusion & Engagement. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation also will award “Ideas to Action” funds of $500 to $2,500.