“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).



Global Action Through Engagement (July 15-18, 2015)

Global Action Through Engagement (GATE) is an interactive global leadership program for high school students at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) on July 15-18, 2015. GATE participants will be introduced to global issues through interactive simulations, small group activities, and thought-provoking discussions with their peers, university students, and expert speakers. This year, students will focus on the global theme of Youth Movements and the role of young people in transforming neighborhoods, communities and society through local, regional, and global contexts.

It’s a great opportunity for students to deepen global engagement and understanding and build their college and career portfolios as they become active and globally conscious citizens in our communities. We hope you will share this opportunity and the attached flyer with your students and encourage them to register today!

More information and a registration application are available at www.gate.uwm.edu.

* Please note – a limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

If you have any questions about GATE, please contact:

Dina Wolf
K-16 Outreach Coordinator
Institute of World Affairs, Center for International Education
University of WI-Milwaukee
Garland 129, P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


SAWBO High School Summer Camp (June 7-13, 2015)

Experience campus life and earn college credit!
June 7, 2015 – June 13, 2015

This intensive week-long camp gives students a unique opportunity to explore community health care issues related to infectious disease in a global comparative context, while offering practical solutions to address local problems. Over the course of an intensive 5 days on campus, high school participants will work with a variety of Africanist faculty, global public health experts, and animation technicians from Illinois’ Scientific Animation Without Borders (SAWBO) to produce a public service animation that drives innovative community-based solutions to need-driven health and development problems. Daily morning ‘Issue Clinics’ inform the local and global dimensions of healthcare, exploring the social, political, policy, and economic challenges to combating disease in Africa and the United States.  Afternoons are spent in the SAWBO lab for ‘Storyboarding’ and ‘Technical Training’ workshops applying knowledge of comparative cultures, development issues, and public health to create a public service message. Students will develop the tangible skills to create and implement an action plan for dissemination of the animated announcement in their home community. The June 2015 camp will focus on infectious disease, with case study investigations of Ebola, HIV, and Lassa Fever among others. Students will receive one undergraduate global studies credit for the camp.

More information at http://publish.illinois.edu/sawbocamp/35-2/.

Deadline to apply is May 8, 2015.


World Cinema Day 2015

wcd2015World Cinema Day
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Featuring GIRLHOOD (French with English subtitles): a group of tough and spirited girls navigate their world of the the Paris banlieues.

Introduction and post-film discussion led by a faculty expert of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Register today!

Registration deadline: March 27
Event is free to registered high school groups. Seats are limited. Registration first-come, first served.

This high school program is presented by Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium and the Wisconsin Film Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

More info @ cinema.global.wisc.edu.


Pictures from World Appreciation Day (2014)

Photos from  World Appreciation Day (2014) are on the UW-Madison’s Division of International Studies Flickr site.

Participating schools & units have permission to download any and all of these photos (including their Bucky photos!) for use by the school/unit. Please include a photo credit:

Photos by Kerry G. Hill/UW-Madison Division of International Studies

Photos by Kerry G. Hill/UW-Madison Division of International Studies

Photo by Kerry G. Hill/UW-Madison Division of International Studies


2015 Summer Scholarships for High School and College French Students

The American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP) will bestow two scholarships ($4,000 each) to be used by high school and college students for a four-week minimum study program in a French-speaking country of their choice during summer 2015. Download the application at  http://www.frenchacademicpalms.org/scholarships.html.  Deadline to receive completed applications is January 20, 2015.  Contact: Professor John C. O’Neal (joneal@hamilton.edu); cc: Mme Jacqueline Friedman (MmeJoyB@aol.com).


Wisconsin Global Youth Summit (February 28, 2015)

Please register now for the Wisconsin Global Youth Summit on February 28, 2015. This will be an exciting day for everyone. Find information about this summit, including downloadable registration forms at http://www.globalwisconsin.org/#!wgys-2015/c1pn0.

View information, including a video, about past summits at http://www.globalwisconsin.org/#!global-youth-summit-2013/clb2, or simply go to http://www.globalwisconsin.org to browse all information on global education in Wisconsin schools.



Workshop: Human Trafficking and Children’s Rights (December 2, 2014)

Human Trafficking and Children’s Rights
A FREE Workshop for Middle School Students

This interactive workshop will increase student awareness of children’s rights and the impacts of exploitation and trafficking on youth around the world. Students will also have the opportunity to explore ways to combat human trafficking in our local and global communities.

Date/Time: December 2, 2014 (9:30-1:00 pm)
Location: UW-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI

Registration Form (please email the following information):

Name of Teacher:
Preferred e-mail address:
School Name:
School Address:
Number of attendees: Teachers and chaperones (____) Students (____)
Space is limited – each school is limited to 30 students

Priority Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Note: A limited number of grants are available to teachers to support travel to and from the workshop (maximum of $100).

If you would like to be considered for a travel grant please fill out the supplemental information below:

Estimated Travel Costs:
Departure City:
Funding amount requested based on travel costs:
Please explain what you hope your students will gain from attending this workshop:

In addition to participating in the workshop, educators will receive a copy of the documentary film Not My Life, a film highlighting stories of human trafficking around the world.

To register or for more information, please email Dina Wolf (wolfd@uwm.edu).

This workshop is being supported through a grant from the World Affairs Councils of America and the Carlson and Carlson Family Foundation.


Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at a college or university of their choice.  The program focuses on underrepresented youth and offers the possibility of funding not only a bachelor’s degree but a master’s as well.  Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

If you know of a student who is planning to attend college in the fall of 2015 and meets the criteria, please encourage him / her to apply, and help by writing a recommendation.

Deadline is January 14, 2015.

Information at http://www.gmsp.org/publicweb/AboutUs.aspx

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
  • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
  • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2015 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
  • Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student’s application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline

From: https://scholarships.gmsp.org/Program/Details/2bfd8f53-40aa-4705-9f8b-d92d972e59df


Hessen Student Exchange Program for 2015-2016

From: Gerhard Fischer, PhD, Gerhard.Fischer@dpi.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 608-267-9265

We are now opening up the application process for the Hessen Student Exchange Program for the 2015-16 school year. Please find all information and the application form here:


This year we have added direct links to a short video capturing the exchange experience of two students in Hessen and at Plymouth High School. You will also find a colorful Power Point presentation by two former participants: This year marked the tenth anniversary of their friendship that started through this wonderful program. Show both the video and the PPT to your students and parents.

And remember: We offer this program for hosting only or for a true exchange. Therefore, if you have families or students who simply want to host, that is fine. We always get more applications on the Hessen side.

Those of you who have been approved for the Global Education Achievement Certificate Program may have students who want to satisfy the “Co-curricular and other School-sponsored Activities” requirement. Hosting a German student would certainly meet those expectations.

Call or e-mail with further questions.