Urban studies grad creates food pantry, keeps finding ways to help

Little by little, task by task, Dakota Crowell is finding ways to make the world a better place.

Surveys suggest that at UWM, as at other universities, up to half of students don’t have enough food at some point during their time in college. Crowell decided to do something about it, by helping create a food pantry on campus. In just its first year, the pantry has collected more than 5,000 pounds of food and served some 120 students.

During an internship at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, he’s worked on making railroad trail crossings safer. The internship was a good fit for his urban studies major.

“I’ve just been really grateful that someone like me from a rural town would have the opportunity to go to a school like UW-Milwaukee, really try to explore my identity and what that means for my leadership and what I want to do for the future, and to take those skills and apply them to be a positive changemaker,” Crowell said.