Grant will support UW-Green Bay students with financial support for childcare; begin research phase of childcare options for UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff

Green Bay, Wis.—Recognized as a need at UW-Green Bay for decades, childcare and caregiving burdens on students, faculty, and staff are even heavier during COVID-19. A recent grant, of $81,046.00 per year for four years, awarded to UW-Green Bay by the Department of Education will provide stipend support to Pell-eligible student parents  to help ease their financial burden for childcare and access to programming, advising, and mentorship to improve their educational outcomes. The same funding will also provide seed money to initiate research and a planning process for a potential childcare facility on the Green Bay Campus or in partnership with a local provider.

Nearly 25 percent of all undergraduate college students are raising children. Recent data shows that about half of all college students earn a degree or certificate within six years of enrolling, while only a third of student parents complete school (https://iwpr.org/iwpr-issues/student-parent-success-initiative/building-family-friendly-campuses-college-success-student-parents/).

Associate Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies), a project lead, says the grant will provide some immediate help for a growing demographic in higher education—the working parent.

“The grant application specifies criteria for the application process for students which will provide $1,000 a semester for full-time students and funding on a prorated basis for part-time students,” she said. “It will also offer additional funds for students who participate in high-impact practices (HIPs) such as internships, undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, or community-based learning. A recent study by professors Katia Levintova and Kim Reilly indicated that childcare and work commitments often limit the ability of UW-Green Bay student-parents to participate in HIPs.

Additionally, the funding will allow the campus to explore the sustainability of providing a daycare to students, faculty and staff—either on campus, or in partnership with local providers.

“Students with children bring assets to our campus community and yet they are a bit of an invisible population,” Staudinger said. “If we are truly an access-driven institution, we need to provide the support that makes it possible for them to thrive at UWGB. This means financial, academic, and social resources for the student-parents themselves, but also raising visibility on campus so that faculty and staff recognize the unique needs of this population and their contributions to campus life.”

Childcare has been a hot-button topic at UW-Green Bay for years, and has a rich history on the Green Bay Campus. See the full timeline. Here’s an abbreviated one:

1972: UWGB Children’s Center opened and began offering classes for children ages 2-5 in a vacated nursing home building owned by Brown County located along Highway 54-57. Within months it moved to a remodeled ranch cottage owned by UWGB on Nicolet Drive.

1981:Three full-time staff and twenty-five work study students cared for 164 children.

1985:Plans for a new facility began as building was in disrepair

1989:The UWGB Children’s Center program became the first in Green Bay to receive accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

1990:New UW-Green Bay child care center building center request approved by UW Board of Regents at funding level of $790,000.

1991:Plan was rejected by Wisconsin State Building Commission because it was viewed as a lower priority than other UW System and state agency projects. UWGB did receive $50,000 in funds to evaluate alternatives for a child care facility at UW-Green Bay. A feasibility study was requested to consider a public/private venture model for the UWGB Children’s Center.

1992-1995: Funding issues prevented continuation of facility.

Spring of 1995: Children’s Center formally closed.

2014: UWGB students voted to increase Seg Fees in support of bringing childcare back to campus.

Staudinger says the plan has full support of the current administration and cabinet. The Advisory Board will convene in Fall 2020; interested campus and community members are invited to contact Alison Staudinger if they wish to get involved. An expanded set of web-resources and the application for the grant itself will be launched in early 2021, as will student success programming for parents. Please watch for an announcement of a kick-off event in where the campus community can learn about the program and how to apply.

In the featured photo above: the UWGB Childcare Alliance supported a Spring into Gardening event.

Below: Photos from University Archives at the UWGB Children’s Center
  

UW-Green Bay named Top 40 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities

Green Bay, Wis.—Campus Pride commemorated LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day this week, with the release of its 2020 BEST OF THE BEST LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges and universities. UW-Green Bay was among the Top 40 and one of the best in the Midwest Region based on an index which includes institutional support and exemplary commitment to LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice.

“UW-Green Bay recognizes that student success occurs when students are provided experiences that support them both now, and in the future,” says Stacie Christian, director of inclusive excellence and UW-Green Bay’s Pride center. “Being selected as a one of the Campus Pride 2020 Best of the Best College & Universities is important because it provides recognition of the effort that many have put into making UWGB more inclusive of individuals who are LGBTQ+. Students can select the name and pronouns they wish to use, they can attend events that support their interests and values, they can talk to professors about how to make courses more inclusive, they can meet each other within safe and  inclusive living housing (SAIL), or in the Pride Center, or for now, in online chatrooms where they feel safe.”

For nearly two decades, Campus Pride has advocated and supported college and university campuses to improve LGBTQ campus life and change institutional policies, programs and practices,” according to the Campus Pride press release. The Campus Pride Index (CPI), located at www.CampusPrideIndex.org, provides a benchmarking tool to assess LGBTQ-inclusion efforts from academics, to student life, to housing, to recruitment and retention activities. The full listing may be found online: www.CampusPride.org/2020BESTOFTHEBEST.

Christian said that UW-Green Bay students, through the Pride Center, have had internship opportunities to advocate in the community for policy change, to lead in Pride youth leadership and history camps, and to educate about LGBTQ+ concerns in health care, academic arenas, municipalities, businesses, and non-profits.

“But more importantly, the campus recognizes the opportunity to continue to grow in its own learning and understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals, and where we will go from here to continue to serve LGBTQ+ and our communities,” Christian said.

This year Campus Pride highlighted colleges and universities by region. Campus Pride works with more than 1,400 colleges and universities annually to improve the quality of campus life for LGBTQ people and to create safer, more inclusive campus communities.

The 2020 BEST OF THE BEST College & University listing is based on the data provided annually through the CPI related to policies, programs and practice. The research is analyzed by the Campus Pride research team using the proven CPI LGBTQ-Friendly factors and knowledge of the LGBTQ higher education landscape.

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Famed Writer of Comics, Sci-Fi, and ‘Stranger Things’ Inspires UW-Green Bay Student Novelists

Green Bay, Wis.—A famed writer has signed-on to teach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Author Michael Moreci is teaching the Novel Writing course for the fall 2020 semester.

Moreci is a dedicated writer and has a variety of works spanning from comic books to novels. He has been recognized by various magazines and newspapers including The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today, along with the website Comics Alliance. Some of his work includes the Science Fiction novels Black Star Renegades and We Are Mayhem, and comics Wasted Space, The Plot, Burning Fields, and Curse. He is also author of the comic feature “Stranger Things.”

Author and writer Michael Moreci

What can students expect from Moreci?

“I’m the type of person who likes to share, not hoard, knowledge,” he says. “If you want to know something about writing—creatively or professionally—you’re going to get a real and truthful answer from me. Always.”

Novel Writing will run through December and is a fall-only course. It gives students an opportunity to gain experience with writing and workshopping a 50,000-word novel as credit option for students majoring in English or Writing and Applied Arts.

Program Director Rebecca Meacham is thrilled. “Mike offers insights from his experience as a professional writer,” she says. “He knows both the craft and the business of writing, especially in the genres that many students love best—horror, supernatural, sci fi, comics.”

This semester, Moreci’s goal is to give students confidence and help expand their knowledge of the industry. “My approach is boots-on-the-ground; it’s about what it means to be a working writer and how to become one. I want my students leaving my class knowing that they can write a book and, more importantly, what to do after.”

For a tour of Michael Moreci’s workspace, check out his link: https://youtu.be/oT6kY8Ev0h4.

Press release written and submitted by Elizabeth Asmus, creative intern, English program, UW-Green Bay

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Video: UW-Green Bay students help with this classroom cleaning reminder

Students in Kathy McKee’s (Marketing) First-Year Seminar-Unboxing Marketing, helped University Marketing and Communication create a video reminder on best classroom-cleaning practices to prevent the spread and ‘Nix the ‘Vid. Facilities personnel have suggested a reminder to students to wipe down their work area each time they enter a classroom, as there are ample supplies for the academic year.

History and timeline of UW-Green Bay Children’s Center

This timeline was prepared by UW-Green Bay’s University Archives and Area Research Center in October 2020.

1970-1972 – Committee of UWGB faculty wives, employees, and students conceptualize the idea for a UWGB campus children’s center.  A survey indicated a need for the service since students were bringing children to classes, babysitting in the hallways during classes, and the increased population of married students. At the time, there was only one licensed daycare in Green Bay.

December 1971 – UWGB Student Government Association allocated $10,000 for first year operating expenses and $2,500 for equipment.

April 1972 – UW Board of Regents approved plans and funding strategies for UWGB Children’s Center to be opened in September 1972. The plans outlined it was to be a non-profit, cooperative facility charging minimal fees and requiring two parent hours of work per week at the Center. UWGB was to provide, maintain, and renovate a campus building. Staffing was slated to consist of a full-time director and two assistant directors. The director of Outreach was named administrative advisor and UWGB Human Development faculty served as project advisors.

September 1972 – The UWGB Children’s Center began offering classes for children ages 2-5 in a vacated nursing home building owned by Brown County and located along Highway 54-57.

November 1972 – Moved into a remodeled ranch house (cottage) owned by UWGB and located on Nicolet Drive. Dorothy Parsons was hired as the first director.

July 1978 – Designated as site for Federal Foster Grandparents program. These are part time volunteers who work twenty hours per week.

1980 – Pat Schoenbeck appointed director

September 1981 – Three full time staff and twenty-five work study students. Only one of two childcare facilities in Green Bay offering drop-in rates. Center budget is $80,000. 164 children are enrolled at the UWGB Children’s Center while parents attend classes. The Children’s Center was cited as a major influence on selecting UWGB.

November 1985 – Plans for new facility begin.  Efforts are directed at constructing a new building to replace the original building which was in disrepair.  Emphasized importance to students as a support for their studies.

April 1987 – UWGB Children’s Center Director, Pat Schoenbeck was selected as Child Advocate of the Year

July 1987 – Capital campaign efforts begin for a new Child Care and Family Resource Center. It was envisioned the new center would serve 80 children compared to the 40 children it could serve in the limited space of existing building.

July 1989 – The UWGB Children’s Center program became the first in Green Bay to receive accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

December 1990 – New UW-Green Bay child care center building center request approved by UW Board of Regents at funding level of $790,000.

February 1991 – Plan rejected by Wisconsin State Building Commission because it was viewed as a lower priority than other UW System and state agency projects.  UWGB did receive $50,000 in funds to evaluate alternatives for a child care facility at UW-Green Bay. A feasibility study was requested to consider a public/private venture model for the UWGB Children’s Center.

February 1992 – Approval given by UW Board of Regents to enter a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a public/private partnership to operate and/or construct child care facilities at UW-Green Bay.

July 1992 – The RFP was distributed to 117 Green Bay, state, and national child care providers, architects, and contractors. A finalist was selected with a plan for the private provider to operate the UWGB Child Care Center while paying annual rent to UWGB. The total estimated cost was $800,000.

December 1992- UW Board of Regents stipulate to receive approval a new building must be operated by a privately-owned vendor. This stipulation was opposed by the UWGB faculty and the Child Center Advisory Board with the concern that it would not meet and continue the involvement of academic programs in the children’s center. This feature of linking with the academic programs had been a mainstay of the UWGB Children’s Center since the beginning.

February 1993- UWGB Chancellor Outcalt and UW System president authorize the inclusion of $800, 000 funding to construct a new childcare facility in the 1993-1995 budget. Some pointed out the authorization failed to address operational costs of the new facility.

December 1993 – Requests to provide funding for childcare at UWGB made to SUFAC. Stated that funds must come from student fees because Wisconsin State Legislature and Board of Regents refused to do so.  SUFAC ultimately rejects funding the cost because UWGB would not be able to provide operational support, including faculty support via academic programs. SUFAC members felt the cost was unreasonable (moving from annual support of $38,000 to $150, 000) and only pertained to “2% of the UWGB population.”

June 1994 – UW System funding availability puts project on hold. Private funds would need to be sought since UW funding wouldn’t be forthcoming.

February 1995 – Decision made to close to the Children’s Center. Reasons cited were: usage had declined; deterioration of physical building; and other campus fiscal priorities.

May 6, 1995 – Farewell party for all current and past children, parents, and staff of the Children’s Center.

May 17, 1995 – UWGB Children’s Center formally closed making UWGB the only UW campus without child care services.

2014 – The Student Government Association periodically encouraged revisiting the establishment of a UWGB Children’s Center. In 2014, UWGB students voted to increase their Segregated Fees in support of bringing a Children’s Center back to campus.

2020 – UW-Green Bay receives a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to administer grant funding (playfully, beginning in Spring 2021) to UW-Green Bay students for childcare; and additional funding to initiate a research and planning process for a potential drop-off childcare center on the Green Bay Campus or in partnership with a local provider.

 

 

 

 

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‘The Civil Rights Movement meets the Environmental Movement: How We Can Advocate for Environmental Justice’

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat will discuss environmental justice and its relationship to civil rights in a presentation, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public and can be accessed at https://cahsseffect.org/events/.

According to the event description, Wheat will be diving into the environmental justice movement in the United States that began in 1982 when residents of Warren County, North Carolina, used non-violent tactics to oppose the siting of a toxic PCB landfill in their mainly African American community. Decades later, Sheila Holt described her family’s health struggles after the government of Dickson, Tennessee, protected white families from polluted drinking water but told her and other Black families that the water was safe. She inspired countless of other people to think of environmental issues as human rights issues that must be addressed through confronting systemic racism.

“As I see protests in 2020 bringing many of the environmental justice crises into a bigger public discussion, I hope we can think beyond traditional environmental and sustainability challenges and really start addressing the core issues of racism that magnify existing environmental problems,” Wheat says.

Wheat is the second in a speaker series brought to both campus and community as part of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2020-21 theme, “Beyond Sustainability.” Professor David J. Voelker (Humanities, History), co-chair and program director said this theme is especially timely…

“The Covid-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, which have cast intense light on the challenges that we face as a society, provide especially poignant contexts to address the theme of ‘Beyond Sustainability: Imagining an Ecological Future,’” Voelker says. “We need a more robust framework than “environmental sustainability” to address the interrelated environmental and social crises that we now face. The word ‘environment’ draws a line of separation between humans and the rest of the community of life. We have been talking about sustainability for decades, but we’ve made little progress on addressing unsustainability,” Voelker said. “I hope that the conference theme helps us as a community to imagine something beyond ‘environmental sustainability’—an ecologically sound and just society.”

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science will also host a virtual week around the theme, Nov. 30, 2020 through December 4, 2020.

10 videos guide a university’s COVID response | University Business

A series of videos is guiding students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as it maintains the safest possible environment this semester. The series, created by professor of immunology Brian Merkel, covers a range of topics, including why young people should remain vigilant about the virus, the science of vaccines and the reasons for getting a flu shot. The videos, which are also meant to dispel myths and rumors about the pandemic, appear to be having an impact. The university’s COVID dashboard shows a positivity rate of 0.87%, out of about 5,400 tests since the beginning of September. About 7,600 students are enrolled at the university’s four locations.

Source: 10 videos guide a university’s COVID response | University Business

hanging tribal flags in the University Union on Indigenous People's Day 2020

Video: UW-Green Bay celebrates Indigenous People’s Day

UW-Green Bay celebrated Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, with a student-led program, flag display and video, as well as an installation of a permanent Land Acknowledgement Display in the University Union. Watch the video that celebrates the history of the Tribal Nations in Wisconsin.

LGBTQ students in the Green Bay Campus Pride Center

UW-Green Bay named 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges

Campus Pride IndexAnnounced just today (Oct. 13, 2020), UW-Green Bay was once again named among the 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges and universities. The announcement features 40 campuses from six regions of the country which are deeply committed to LGBTQ students and rate the highest for LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice. The full listing may be found online. UW-Green Bay received five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index.