Global Café

International Community Center, Pyle Center Suite 130 (ISS office)
@ 4:30 pm - @ 6:00 pm

Global Café is a biweekly event hosted by a different student organization each time. It is the perfect place to learn about new cultures while meeting other international and U.S. students. Each café will have a unique theme and activity which could include playing games, engaging in conversations, and much more!

PEACE (Practicing English and Cultural Exchange)

International Community Center, Pyle Center Suite 130 (ISS office)
@ 5:30 pm - @ 7:00 pm

PEACE is a free, non-credit English conversation and cultural exchange class facilitated by staff members of International Student Services (ISS). PEACE focuses on intercultural sharing and learning, cultural adjustment support, and community-building through English conversation practice.

2024 Emerging Leaders Retreat

UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center
@ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Calling all change-makers! We are looking for engaged students interested in learning more about their identity, leadership, and community to participate in the 2024 Emerging Leaders Retreat, hosted by the Jones Leadership Center in CfLI. We are looking for a range of prior experiences, not a full resume of leadership. You can be an experienced leader, a new leader, or even just someone interested in learning about what leadership truly means.

CommUnity Conference

Union South 1308 West Dayton St., Madison, WI

The CommNS is excited to be returning to civic health for the 2024 CommUnity Conference, in collaboration with our partners in the Civic Health of Wisconsin Initiative. We look forward to connecting with community leaders, students, faculty, researchers, and nonprofit professionals — all of whom bring unique perspectives on building more vibrant, democratic, and engaged communities. $40 Registration Fee

Davarian L. Baldwin: Building a Social Justice University: What Will it Take to Free Higher Education from its Current Conditions?

Elvehjem Building, Room L160, 800 University Avenue
@ 6:00 pm

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Davarian L. Baldwin is an internationally recognized scholar, author, and public advocate. He is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Founding Director of the Smart Cities Research Lab at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. His academic and political commitments have focused on global cities and particularly the diverse and marginalized communities that struggle to maintain sustainable lives in urban locales. Baldwin is the award-winning author of several books, most recently, In The Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities Are Plundering Our Cities and served as the consultant and text author for The World of the Harlem Renaissance: A Jigsaw Puzzle (2022). His commentaries and opinions have been featured in numerous outlets from NBC News, BBC, and HULU to USA Today, the Washington Post, and TIME magazine. Baldwin was named a 2022 Freedom Scholar by the Marguerite Casey Foundation for his work.

Knowing Silence: How Children Talk About Immigration Status in School.

Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa
Virtual - Zoom
@ 12:00 pm

In this talk, Mangual Figueroa will explore an enduring dilemma in the field of education: how can we best understand and support children growing up in mixed-status immigrant families when we cannot speak openly about citizenship status and experiences of migration in public schools? Drawing on a decade of ethnographic research with six immigrant girls in New York City, this talk examines how children express—sometimes with speech, sometimes with significant silences—their knowledge about citizenship, and how this knowledge shapes their learning and participation in school.

Community Teaching: Storytelling as Pedagogy

Room 2235, Nancy Nicholas Hall
@ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This talk will reflect on the ongoing formation of HMoob Studies through community teaching as a way to shift knowledge and expertise. Community teaching, the talk will argue, centers storytelling practices that are integral to Hmong, other refugee communities, and Indigenous and Black communities in research and teaching. These stories constitute community epistemologies or ways of knowing that anchor historical and ongoing experiences of violence but also agency. Storytelling as pedagogy allows for new forms of knowledge, such as the transmission of war memory, to be produced and shared. HMoob Studies research and teaching are not just about changing institutions of learning but also about using refugee/community knowledge toward dismantling systems that produce violence and displacement.