Global Diversity Mini Grants for Teachers

Small Grants for Large Global Vision
RPCVs of Wisconsin initiate mini-grants to promote global diversity

Press release, May 2015: Across the state, teachers often need just a few extra dollars to paint a world map on the playground, add multicultural books to the library, or initiate a world language project. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison (RPCV Madison) offer mini-grants, with a quick turn-around, to K-12 teachers who have ideas for teaching about the diversity and commonality of the world’s peoples. The we all Project was initiated in 2008 by RPCVs who created a set of 15 posters that feature global commonalities of cultures in over 64 countries where volunteers have served. Such commonalities as We All Learn, We All Need Water, and We All Celebrate vibrantly illustrate differences in global cultures and communities for use in world language and social studies classrooms, elementary schools, and libraries and community centers.
September 1, 2015, is the first of four quarterly deadlines to which schools, libraries, or non-profit groups may apply for mini-grants. Poster order forms, curriculum resources, and mini-grant application forms are available on the we all Mini-Grants for Global Diversity web site:



“Girl Rising” Film Screening & Discussion (April 29, 2015)

Join us for a free screening of Girl Rising, a documentary film about the strength of human spirit and the power of education to change the world, followed by an engaging discussion and critical dialogue about girls’ education in both international and local contexts.

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Screening

Location: Downtown Madison Public Library
201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison WI

Join us for a free screening of Girl Rising, a documentary film about the strength of human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

There will be a brief reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the film at 6, and an engaging discussion and critical dialogue to follow about girls’ education in both international and local contexts.

After welcome remarks by University of Wisconsin–Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam, the discussion will be moderated by Professor Nancy Kendall of UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.

Panelists include:

  • Hilary Shager, Associate Director for La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • Kathryn Moeller, Assistant Professor, Education Policy Studies
  • Lori DiPrete Brown, Executive Director, Women’s Well-being in Wisconsin and the World Initiative
  • Dora Zuniga, Former Executive Director of Big Brother Big Sister and Centro Hispano
  • Selah Agaba, Doctoral Student, Anthropology & Educational Policy Studies

This event is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education,The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network, The Morgridge Center for Public Service, She’s the First, and the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).


Japan Outreach to Wisconsin Schools

My name is Hiromi Naka. I’m a Japan Outreach Coordinator with the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working to introduce Japanese culture, society and language throughout Wisconsin.

I am here participating in the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Program, which is funded by an affiliated organization of the Japanese government, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), so the basic costs of my activities are funded. This is the last year for me to work in Wisconsin, and I would like to do as many school visit-outreach as possible by the end of this academic year.

The main goal of my work is to promote mutual understanding across cultures through activities.

Please look at the attached brochure. There you can see some examples of my outreach (activities & presentations) which I did last year for K-12 children!

Please contact me if you are interested in having me coming to your school. I’m looking forward to working with your students

Hiromi Naka
Japan Outreach Coordinator
Center for East Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
333 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, Wisconsin
Tel: 608-467-0243


Embattled Ideologies: I Am Malala and the Question of Women’s Education in South Asia

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Symposium Announcement:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Sheldon Lubar Faculty Commons (room 7200)
UW Law School | 975 Bascom Mall

Free and open to the public!

Beyond the dramatic story of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai’s life and struggle for women’s education as recounted in I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban — UW-Madison’s Go Big Read book selection for 2014 — lie profound and complex questions:

  • What are the larger and deeper ideological forces that underpin the political and humanitarian forefront of the “Malala” story? How do we make sense of the perspective of the emancipators even as we want to unravel the fury of the extremists?
  • Why are some people staunchly opposed to extremism but also suspicious of the extraordinary limelight that Yousafzai has received? And how have certain claims made in the book offended many Pakistanis, so that they question the extent of Yousafzai’s authorship?
  • How and why do the politics and ethics of international development aid sometimes backfire? Why are universal concepts such as “womanhood,” “human rights,” or even “education” often problematic?

This symposium brings together scholars whose joint expertise cuts across the challenges of women’s education in tribal Pakistan, the historical encounter of Islam and modernity, and the cultural problematics of international aid. The goal of the program is to highlight how in South Asia and elsewhere debates about educational reform and women’s education in particular do not occur in a vacuum but are highly inflected by historically embedded ideologies, and culturally and politically vexed notions about human identity, education and development.

Complete program information at