Cultures and Communities Program

Cultures and Communities Program The UWM Cultures and Communities Program educates students for the 21st century and promotes civic engagement throughout the city of Milwaukee and beyond.
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Learning to work across differences of cultural background and experience is a process essential to intellectual growth and lifelong learning, and ultimately to building a better world. This is the philosophy at the heart of the Cultures and Communities Program Office, which provides an administrative home for key initiatives in multicultural education and community engagement, including our Community-University Partnerships grants program.

Mission: Cultures and Communities promotes diversity and civic engagement through our undergraduate Certificate program, Community-University Partnership grants, and collaboration with the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research. The whole city becomes our campus as we combine academics with real world experience and build lasting partnerships with diverse community organizations.

Immigration & Public Benefits | covering-wisconsin
05/07/2020
Immigration & Public Benefits | covering-wisconsin

Immigration & Public Benefits | covering-wisconsin

Public charge is someone who is likely to become dependent on the government for basic needs, specifically if they are receiving certain public benefits.

Check out the research stylings of our fabulous Uncovering Radical Milwaukee Team:  Eli Frank, Margarita Garcia Rojas, P...
05/01/2020
Buff, Rachel | 2020 UWM Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Check out the research stylings of our fabulous Uncovering Radical Milwaukee Team: Eli Frank, Margarita Garcia Rojas, Paul Newcomb & Bronwen Risse-Connelly:
https://sites.uwm.edu/undergrad-research-symposium/category/user-profiles/faculty-profiles/buff-rachel/

Implementing Oral History into a Milwaukee Public High School Curriculum April 22, 2020Artifacts, Buff, Rachel, Faculty Profiles, Garcia Rojas, Margarita, History, Letters & Science, Newcomb, Paul, Research Projects, Risse-Connolly, Bronwen, School/College, Student Profiles, User Profiles Bronwen Ri...

04/28/2020

CARES grants for students:
UWM has received nearly $8.5 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help students who are struggling with expenses such as food, housing, course materials, laptops and technology, health care and child care.
To qualify for a CARES grant, students must:

Have been financially impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, laptops and other technology, health care and child care. Here are some examples of common expenses:
Signing up for home internet service to complete online coursework
Buying a laptop or other computer equipment to do coursework
Buying groceries after campus dining operations closed
Paying a fee to end a lease early or rent for an apartment the student is no longer living in
Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program eligible for federal (Title IV) financial aid. Most UWM programs are eligible. Nondegree students are not eligible.
Have filed a 2019-20 or 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to document eligibility to participate in federal (Title IV) programs.
Have been enrolled in at least one in-person or hybrid class on March 13, 2020, when President Trump issued his “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” proclamation. Students who were enrolled exclusively in online courses on March 13, 2020, are not eligible.

If you know of students in need who meet these qualifications, please ask them to complete this short grant application. If they have any questions, they can email [email protected].
Please note that the federal CARES program is separate from UWM’s emergency grant program. UWM has already distributed $90,000 in emergency grants to more than 130 students, and we continue to raise money for additional aid.

Pretty proud of this fruit of our Uncovering Radical Milwaukee project, by Eli Frank- check it out!
04/28/2020
Mapping Radical Milwaukee

Pretty proud of this fruit of our Uncovering Radical Milwaukee project, by Eli Frank- check it out!

A Spatial History of Twentieth-Century Radicalism: Space, Place, and Erasure in the Urban Landscape and Built Environment

The UWM Food Center and Pantry distributes food on Thursdays, 11am to 2pm.
04/09/2020
UWM pantry helps address food insecurity on campus | UWM REPORT

The UWM Food Center and Pantry distributes food on Thursdays, 11am to 2pm.

As the coronavirus crisis rises, the UWM Food Center and Pantry is rising to meet the need, providing hundreds of bags of food via contactless, curbside distribution. Distribution takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patrons receive a bag with about one week’s worth of food. Special b...

COVID-19 Resources for Unemployment and Relief Funding - WI & IL - created 4/2/2020 nn
04/03/2020
COVID-19 Resources for Unemployment and Relief Funding - WI & IL - created 4/2/2020 nn

COVID-19 Resources for Unemployment and Relief Funding - WI & IL - created 4/2/2020 nn

Sheet1 STATE/FEDERAL,AGENCY/ORGANIZATION,FUNDING SUPPORT CATEGORY,AUDIENCE,PURPOSE,SITE WI,Dept. of Workforce Development,Unemployment Insurance ,General,Unemployment insurance information for WI residents. Eligibility and how to apply. Updated frequently due to what happens at the federal level...

04/03/2020
Fall 2020 Course Offerings | History

UWM students: interested in taking a history class? Here's a complete listing of course descriptions.

A listing of the undergraduate courses in UWM's history department for the Fall Semester, 2020.

03/18/2020

Hey everyone: the uwm campus is now closed to non-essential personnel. That means our food shelf/snack bar will not be accessible until the campus re-opens. Please stand by for updates.

we are offering snacks and some non-perishable food items to all. merrill hall 148, m-f, 2-5. we’re also taking donation...
03/16/2020

we are offering snacks and some non-perishable food items to all. merrill hall 148, m-f, 2-5. we’re also taking donations. you can drop stuff off or inbox the program.

The Cultures and Communities space in Merrill 148 will be open daily, 2-5 pm, over the now-extended spring break. It's a...
03/15/2020

The Cultures and Communities space in Merrill 148 will be open daily, 2-5 pm, over the now-extended spring break. It's a small space, so probably not great for congregating. But there will be snacks and some non-perishable food and personal hygiene items available, free, to all.
Tell your students.
If you would like to donate, you can drop individually wrapped snacks, nonperishable food items and/or personal hygiene and diapers off during these times. Or, if you prefer, you can send cash- just contact Rachel Ida Buff ([email protected]) for directions how to do that.

found lots of buttons while doing a little spring cleaning today. not sure what i think about these. thoughts?
03/02/2020

found lots of buttons while doing a little spring cleaning today. not sure what i think about these. thoughts?

because of food insecurity on campus plus who doesn’t need a snack sometimes we always have food on hand in the C&C conf...
03/02/2020

because of food insecurity on campus plus who doesn’t need a snack sometimes we always have food on hand in the C&C conference room.
Monday contest: good foods to stock? must be individually wrapped. winning suggestions get free admission to all program events.

The Cultures and Communities Program is a proud co-sponsor of this exciting, upcoming event Boswell Book Company next Th...
02/18/2020

The Cultures and Communities Program is a proud co-sponsor of this exciting, upcoming event Boswell Book Company next Thursday

Three members of our Uncovering Radical Milwaukee research team, presenting their first "Subjugated Knowledge" workshop ...
02/16/2020

Three members of our Uncovering Radical Milwaukee research team, presenting their first "Subjugated Knowledge" workshop to Audobon High School Students

An important event coming up!
02/10/2020

An important event coming up!

Our new partnership with #tablesacrossborders brought University of Wisconsin Milwaukee students together with Somali "r...
12/03/2019

Our new partnership with #tablesacrossborders brought University of Wisconsin Milwaukee students together with Somali "refugee chefs" at #tandem last night for work, food, and good times.

Dropping knowledge on our first year seminar students about all things refugee Milwaukee: the amazing Kai Mishlove-Gardn...
11/13/2019

Dropping knowledge on our first year seminar students about all things refugee Milwaukee: the amazing Kai Mishlove-Gardner

09/29/2019
The Roberto Hernandez Center @UWM will now offer immigration legal counsel- sign up here if you'd like to:
09/03/2019
Immigration Counseling & Information

The Roberto Hernandez Center @UWM will now offer immigration legal counsel- sign up here if you'd like to:

The RHC is offering immigration counseling and information in collaboration with Layde & Parra S.C. once a month. Students, staff, and faculty will be able to sign-up for appointments free of charge to discuss updates in immigration policies or answer any questions relating to personal matters, fami...

Our newly renamed Uncovering Radical Milwaukee project (formerly Documenting Deportation MKE) interviewed Irv Broslov- p...
08/12/2019

Our newly renamed Uncovering Radical Milwaukee project (formerly Documenting Deportation MKE) interviewed Irv Broslov- pictured here w his father’s cherished bust of Eugene V Debs.

Our #documentingdeportation students, Paul Newcomb and Bronwen Risse-Connolly, rocking the house talking subjugated know...
07/16/2019

Our #documentingdeportation students, Paul Newcomb and Bronwen Risse-Connolly, rocking the house talking subjugated knowledge & trans history @ the Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) Summer Freedom School.

Study Day Spread:  come grab a cup of coffee or a snack and celebrate the end of the semester and our fabulous graduates...
04/29/2019

Study Day Spread: come grab a cup of coffee or a snack and celebrate the end of the semester and our fabulous graduates! All welcome.

Pretty proud of our hardworking & inspired @uwm Ethnic studies team, teaching a curriculum they designed @ Riverside HS
04/25/2019

Pretty proud of our hardworking & inspired @uwm Ethnic studies team, teaching a curriculum they designed @ Riverside HS

This UWM alum asked Margarita Garcia Rojas some interesting questions based on the experience of his parents, Jewish ref...
04/17/2019

This UWM alum asked Margarita Garcia Rojas some interesting questions based on the experience of his parents, Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany

Dr Chia Youyee Vang kicks off her fabulous Hmong Pilot Event, cosponsored by Cultures & Communities
04/12/2019

Dr Chia Youyee Vang kicks off her fabulous Hmong Pilot Event, cosponsored by Cultures & Communities

Comanche Media Borderlands: Dustin Tahmahkera breaking it down
03/08/2019

Comanche Media Borderlands: Dustin Tahmahkera breaking it down

Don't miss this event! Thursday @ 5:30, Zelazo 25.
03/04/2019

Don't miss this event! Thursday @ 5:30, Zelazo 25.

Margarita Garcia Rojas talking about her beautiful research, “So American it Hurts” @ the League of Women voters Immigra...
03/02/2019

Margarita Garcia Rojas talking about her beautiful research, “So American it Hurts” @ the League of Women voters Immigration Forum.

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Join Michelle Caswell for a talk on community archives March 5 and 6! March 5 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. UWM Libraries 4th floor conference center Urgent Archives: Communities, Representation, and the Fight Against (Symbolic) Annihilation, Michelle Caswell In the 1970s, feminist communication scholars first proposed the term “symbolic annihilation” to describe the ways in which women are absent, underrepresented, or misrepresented in mainstream media. Taking this concept as a starting point, the first part of this talk will examine the ways in which mainstream archival practice has symbolically annihilated communities of color and LGBTQ communities through absence, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation. In the face of such symbolic annihilation, marginalized communities have formed their own independent community-based archives that empower them to establish, enact, and reflect on their presence in ways that are complex, meaningful, and substantive. In the second part, this talk will examine the relationship between symbolic and actual annihilation. Symbolic annihilation both precedes and succeeds symbolic annihilation in that communities are rendered nonexistent, invisible, or expendable before they are subject to violence, and then, after violence, such acts are often rendered invisible or expunged from the record, magnifying and mimicking the violence itself. In the wake of such archival silences and misrepresentations, communities often conjure up imaginary records, that is, records that do not actually exist but are collectively imagined to fill affective voids left by existing bureaucratic and legalistic records. This talk will end with an examination of such impossible archival imaginaries and a proposition for all of us to “imagine otherwise,” that is, to conceive of and build a world in which communities that have historically been and are currently being oppressed are fully empowered to represent their past, construct their present, and envision their futures as forms of liberation. March 6 | 9:30 a.m. UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab Bagel Hour discussion with Michelle Caswell Join us for an informal discussion over bagels and coffee with Michelle Caswell.