Prof. Coen to present on ‘The End of Globalization’ Feb. 8, 6 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) will deliver a virtual presentation on “The End of Globalization?” as part of the Manitowoc Public Library’s Foreign Policy Great Decisions series.  This year, anyone with a thirst for knowledge and an internet connection will have the opportunity to discover, discuss and decide how to meet some of the world’s greatest challenges head-on, every Monday evening at 6 p.m. in February and March.

The talk is free and open to the public and will be streamed through Facebook.


UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs is co-hosting a Virtual Advocacy Forum on Thursday, Dec. 10

The Brown County United Way Advocacy Council and the UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs are co-hosting a Virtual Advocacy Forum on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p. m. The format will be an interactive, roundtable discussion with local leaders.Contribute your voice in coming together around long-term solutions to support nonprofits, vital safety net services, and our community’s wellbeing during the pandemic and over the long-term. Registration is free but is required in order to receive the Zoom link to join event. Find more information and an agenda at the event website.

Presenters and Roundtable Members:

  • Robyn Davis, Brown County United Way
  • Sarah Inman, Brown County United Way
  • Kristin Jacobs, CASA of Brown County
  • Lora Warner, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Jeff Vande Leest, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
  • Lisa Kogan-Praska, Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay
  • Robyn Hallet, Literacy Green Bay
  • Amaad Rivera-Wagner, City of Green Bay

Study: Pandemic hitting nonprofits hard

Lora Warner, director of UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs, says research showed 56 percent of regional respondents were “greatly concerned” about the decline in donations, compared to 52 percent statewide. In addition, about half of nonprofits reduced their service delivery due to the pandemic, while the other half adapted their services or increased their service delivery. Source: Study: Pandemic hitting nonprofits hard, Insight Publications

Prof. Coen presents on online pedagogy and inclusive teaching

UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) delivered a presentation about online pedagogy and inclusive teaching to the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Inclusive Teaching & Pedagogy Virtual Community on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Her presentation focused on designing online discussion prompts and best practices for inclusivity in asynchronous online learning. More information is available on the Western Political Science Association Website.

Join the conversation with Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky, Monday, Nov. 2

Please join the conversation with Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. (CST). You can access the live talk here: Attendee Link.

Jill Karofsky
Jill Karofsky

Justice Jill Karofsky was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 7, 2020. Leading up to her election, Justice Karofsky has been a dedicated advocate for victims and the rights of all residents of Wisconsin. She previously served as executive director of the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services, worked as an Assistant Attorney General, serving as the state’s Violence Against Women resource prosecutor, and as deputy district attorney in Dane County, prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors. She also worked as general counsel for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, teaching about victims in the criminal justice system and trial advocacy.

Justice Karofsky received the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s “Voices of Courage Award” and was named the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association’s “Professional of the Year.” She currently serves on the Wisconsin Judicial Education Committee and chairs the Violence Against Women STOP Grant committee. She previously co-chaired the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Response Team and served on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, the WI Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council, and the Dane County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors.

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UW-Green Bay’s Prof. Kuenzi honored with National Research Award

Like the rest of the world, everything changed for UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Kerry Kuenzi, Ph.D. (Public and Environmental Affairs) when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, including her nonprofit research.

Kuenzi and her team of researchers moved swiftly ahead with their project, but changed their research to reflect the new reality that nonprofits were facing right in the middle of a worldwide crisis. Their ability to pivot and study how the pandemic is impacting nonprofit workers earned them national recognition from the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Kerry Kuenzi
Kerry Kuenzi

This award brings recognition to UW-Green Bay and is important to nonprofit organizations in that it has important implications for how these organizations attract and retain workers.

“The impacts of this research can be felt here in the community,” noted Kuenzi.  “For example, the research seeks to understand what drives individuals to be committed to work in the nonprofit sector.  Nonprofit sector employees are arguably their organization’s most important resources. If organizations can harness this commitment in their employees, they are more likely to be successful themselves.”

Kuenzi, with co-investigators Marlene Walk (IUPUI) and Mandi J. Stewart (NC State) were honored with the RGK-ARNOVA President’s Award. It provides a $10,000 prize to a member of ARNOVA to support basic research and theory building in the field of philanthropic, nonprofit, and voluntary action studies.

The award committee looks for new, creative work, and especially encourages projects that incorporate and apply insights, frameworks, and theories from the social sciences to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Only one grant is made each year, assuming a worthy proposal is submitted, making this achievement very special.

“I was excited,” Kuenzi said. “We had planned to apply for the award before COVID impacted all of us, but the pandemic changed the circumstances of our shared research project. As a result, we had to tailor our proposal to accommodate the pandemic because we knew it would impact nonprofits and their employees. It’s really nice to be recognized for your work but especially true when that work can help these organizations that are so integral to our community navigate the devastating impact of COVID-19.”

The Nonprofit Education Survey Project (NESP) is an ongoing research project that works with nonprofit management programs to survey their alumni. The current round of NESP was meant to be completed during the summer of 2020. However, because the schools facilitate the connection with alumni, the extra work on their part to plan for the fall semester (to accommodate for the pandemic) meant that it was not a particularly good time to participate. The team had to push back that round of data collection and refocus it to include an understanding of the effects of the pandemic.

Specifically, this award focuses on the current iteration of the NESP called “Career Intentions, Commitment to the Nonprofit Sector, and COVID-19: Insights from Nonprofit Graduate Alumni.”

The team plans to use the grant funding toward the new research. And the research supports the important work of nonprofits—many of which continue to serve those most vulnerable and are themselves on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Story by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern, Charlotte Berg


Reminder: Part Two of Our Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability Speaker Series

Reminder, part two of the Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability Speaker Series is Thursday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 5 p.m. streamed live here. In this week’s installation, the Civil Rights Movement Meets the Environmental Movement (with Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat). More in the press release.