International Women’s Day 2019
International Women’s Day 2019

Partnerships for Diversity and Leadership: Making the Local to Global Connection

4W is privileged to have many community partnerships. From co-hosting campus events to sponsoring leadership training, we have worked for wellbeing and celebrated diversity through the following ongoing community and campus partnerships.

 

International Women’s Day

Celebrated each year on March 8th, International Women’s Day recognizes the social, economic, political, and cultural accomplishments of women from around the world, and serves as a global call to action for achieving gender equity. 4W partners with AFRICaide and the United Nations Dane County Association to host an annual International Women’s Day Celebration. Led by 4W Leader Emilie Songolo, our day-long celebrations include crafts, food, and song, and explore themes like “Better the Balance, Better the World” (2019) and “An Equal World is an Enabled World” (2020). 2019: “Transformative Education: Then. When? Now!” celebrated the 150th anniversary of women to graduate from UW-Madison, recognizing the great achievements women have made in academia and addressing challenges and shortfalls that still remain.
2018 conference logo made by Helen Klebesadel.

4W Leader Emilie Songolo presents at the 2019 International Women’s Day Celebration.
4W Leader Emilie Songolo presents at the 2019 International Women’s Day Celebration.
Committee members pose for a photo at the 2020 International Women’s Day Celebration.
Committee members pose for a photo at the 2020 International Women’s Day Celebration.

Hmong Leadership Training

In March of 2019, 4W and The Hmong Institute hosted a training for emerging leaders to develop gender sensitive, culturally relevant leadership skills. Hmong Institute Board President Mai Zong Vue and Consultant Yengyee Lor of Faithful Consulting addressed challenges to embracing one’s leadership potential, such as how traditional roles for women in the Hmong culture can feel counter to conventional leadership traits. Participants discussed ways to overcome these challenges, as well as how to grow their leadership skills while staying true to their culture and giving back to their Hmong community.

Participants at the Hmong Leadership Training in March 2019, facilitated by Hmong Institute Board President Mai Zong Vue and Consultant Yengyee Lor of Faithful Consulting.
Participants at the Hmong Leadership Training in March 2019, facilitated by Hmong Institute Board President Mai Zong Vue and Consultant Yengyee Lor of Faithful Consulting.

Madison for Malawi Symposia

Led by King-Morgridge Scholar and Malawian Lusayo Mwakatika, student organizations are supporting Malawi’s Associated Center for Agro-based Development (ACADES) to promote health, equity, and
economic growth through youth involvement in
agriculture. 4W has provided mentorship and hosted multiple “Malawi Symposia,” convening campus and community scholars who are engaged in work in Malawi.

Lusayo Mwakatika
Lusayo Mwakatika

Immigration Awareness

4W Scholar Erika Rosales has led our efforts to create advocacy and curriculum materials around immigration and human rights. In fall of 2019, 4W hosted two panel discussions for campus and community members entitled, “From Awareness to Action: Immigration’s Impacts on Children from Madison to the Northern Triangle of Central America.” The panel provided first-hand accounts
and detailed information about the immigration that occurs between Madison, the US/Mexico Border,
and the Northern Triangle of Central America, with a focus on children and their wellbeing. The events have sparked a larger discussion about how we can work together to address detrimental policies that affect those we call our neighbors, family, and friends. These panels were hosted with support from the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies, the Global Health Institute, the Human Rights Program, the Institute on Regional and International Studies, the School of Social Work, and One City School.

Panelists discuss immigration’s impacts on children and families at a November 2019 event on Immigration Awareness.
Panelists discuss immigration’s impacts on children and families at a November 2019 event on Immigration Awareness.

Wisconsin Womxn Lead Gala

UW-Madison undergraduate women prove that leadership can manifest itself in many unique ways – from athletics, to academics, to community engagement and public service. To celebrate the diverse ways that women lead, 4W hosted the Wisconsin Womxn Lead Gala. Over 50 undergraduate women were recognized as “leads” at UW-Madison, selected from peer nominations that considered qualities such as inclusion, self- expression, and authentic ways of giving back to one’s community.

Gala

Supporting Local Programs that Foster Youth Young Leadership

4W supports young leaders through networking opportunities, wellbeing- oriented workshops, leadership development training, and more.
In the summer of 2018, 4W hosted workshops and a graduation ceremony for elementary-aged girls enrolled in Maydm, a STEM education program that prepares girls and youth of color with skills for the technology sector. In 2019, we used the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment to provide strengths-based leadership training for the King Morgridge Scholars Program, which recruits exceptional students from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to study at UW-Madison and gain meaningful skills and
resources to address inequities in their home countries. Additionally, we used our 4W wellbeing model to facilitate a lesson on equality and wellbeing for UW-Madison’s LEAP Forward Program, which administers internships for health sciences high school students in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Girls in Maydm’s STEM program learning coding and other technology skills. (Photo taken by CapTimes, August 2018)
Girls in Maydm’s STEM program learning coding and other technology skills. (Photo taken by CapTimes, August 2018)

Voice for Us: 4W’s Op Ed Project

To increase public scholarship and highlight historically underrepresented voices in public media, 4W partnered with University Communications to bring the Op Ed Project to UW-Madison for a “Write
to Change the World” workshop. Together we grew in our confidence to share our voices and ideas, and learned how to write timely, impactful opinion editorials.

To increase public scholarship and highlight historically underrepresented voices in public media, 4W partnered with University Communications to bring the Op Ed Project to UW-Madison for a “Write to Change the World” workshop. Together we grew in our confidence to share our voices and ideas, and learned how to write timely, impactful opinion editorials.

Commemorating 150 Years of Women at UW

Throughout 2019, 4W facilitated a campus-wide effort to commemorate the 150th anniversary of women graduating from UW-Madison. Special activities included a gala for student leaders, participation in the Homecoming parade, and the creation of a new Babcock ice cream flavor, “150th Annivers-berry!”

UW Women at 150
UW Women at 150
4W leaders and Chancellor Blank celebrate 150 years of women at UW with “150th Annivers-berry” ice cream (June 2019).
4W leaders and Chancellor Blank celebrate 150 years of women at UW with “150th Annivers-berry” ice cream (June 2019).