Challenge: In Wisconsin and around the world, women experience challenges to their health and wellbeing that are rooted in underlying inequalities related to gender, race, poverty, and other factors.
Vision: 4W has launched a broad array of projects. The 4W mission is to leverage the strengths of UW-Madison to be a convener and leading voice in education, applied research, and impactful engagement to promote global wellbeing and full participation of women in society.
The 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative is a campus-wide effort hosted at the School of Human Ecology with robust representation from UW-Madison’s diverse array of schools, colleges, institutes, and programs.
Congratulations to the leaders of FREE on receiving a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program.
Special shoutout to Catoya Roberts; Tamra Oman; Peggy West-Schroeder; Latoya Greer; Nycki Wallsch; Christal Arroyo Roman; Ivory Roberts; Brittany Moes; Kelly Mahoney; and Yolanda Perkins.
Learn more: Grant Announcement Article
Congratulations to the 2022 4W Grantees!
Engagement Grantees: Margaret Baker, LaShanda Harbin, Kristin Kohlmann, and Emily Young
Innovation Grantees: Jennifer Angus, Darshana Mini, and Lesley Sager
Learn more about the 4W Grants Program here.
4W Conveners: Engaging Our Campus
Lori DiPrete Brown
Director, 4W Initiative
“The opportunities for women in our world today are as great as the challenges. We who are involved with 4W—faculty, staff, students, supporters, and community partners—find hope, joy, and purpose in this shared work. We proceed with the awareness that we ourselves are a work in progress. We aim to grow in our ability to place the lived experiences of women and historically marginalized people at the center of our concerns. It is by directing the assets of UW-Madison toward these concerns that we make life better for women, make the world better for all, and provide an example of the ways in which higher education can engage in transformative societal change.”
Lead Dean, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison
“From the very beginning, 4W’s leadership saw how women’s wellbeing intimately influenced the wellbeing of children, families, marketplaces, and communities the world over. They saw that human ecology nexus and invested in it wholeheartedly. I am proud that SoHE provided fertile ground to seed the 4W Initiative several years ago and that it has since gone on, thanks to the generous support of donors and grantmakers, to flower into such an impactful organization today.”
Chair, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin- Madison
“The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies is united with the 4W Initiative in working toward the wellbeing of women in Wisconsin, the nation, and around the world. Gender and Women’s Studies does its part by offering dozens of relevant courses for undergraduates, such as our gender and women’s health course. Our faculty conduct pathbreaking research on gender and women’s issues. We are proud to be a co- convener of the 4W Initiative, which has ignited such excitement on campus.”
Founding Director, Global Health Institute, UW-Madison
“Women are critical to addressing the crises facing us today: climate change, institutional racism, and the pandemic.”
Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013-2022)
“The School of Human Ecology, the Global Health Institute and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies have created 4W with a strong partnership that brings together top researchers from many fields to focus on one central question: How do we harness the power of scientific knowledge to improve the lives of women around the world? This program can have a deep and lasting impact on women, their families, and their communities. And by creating international leadership and service learning opportunities for our students, 4W will inspire a new generation of scholars dedicated to women’s health and wellbeing.”
4W leaders, supporters, and director come together in this commercial to spread the mission of who we are at 4W.
Click here to watch a Feminist Fireside Chat webinar on “Feminist Leadership, Education, and the Future: Can We Build Back Better?”
Bring more depth to the conversation with an article from DiPrete Brown and Dahlquist: Feminist Leadership and the 4W Initiative.
4W Director, Lori DiPrete Brown, highlights the work of 4W at Madison Civics Club.
4W’s session for 31 Days of Women & Leadership Learning: “Self-Care, Joy, and Thriving: Essential Practices for Leadership from the 4W Initiative”
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