Three students at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay (UWGB) have recently started a podcast highlighting members of Northeast Wisconsin’s Latino community.
UW-Green Bay Prof. Cristina Ortiz (Humanities, Global Studies and Spanish) has been appointed as a member of the Equal Rights Commission of the city of Green Bay. The Commission task is to monitor efforts to eliminate discrimination within city government and the Green Bay community. Ortiz’s appointment will expire on Feb. 1, 2023.
Cindy Lopez Johnson ’13, a multicultural advisor at UW-Green Bay, has been named to the list of “The 39 Most Influential Latinos in Wisconsin, Part 5.” Johnson provided individualized support for first-generation, limited-income college students through academic advising, student success and life skills development, career planning, financial literacy, and financial aid & scholarship assistance. Johnson received degrees in Human Development and Spanish from UW-Green Bay and a Master’s in Higher Education (College Student Affairs) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2015.
Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrated that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…
“My experiences both online and in person at GB have been incredibly positive. My professor’s have allowed me to grow academically and professionally both in the classroom and through outside internships. I am incredibly thankful that I chose to come to this University after I finished high school. Throughout my time here, professors have provided all the resources needed to perform well in class whether it was in person or in an online format. I am truly thankful for the past two years I spent here, and I look forward to seeing the ways I can continue to evolve and grow as I continue my college journey. I anticipate that your experiences could be equally impactful, as virtually every person I’ve met throughout the past two years have agreed that they were very satisfied with their decision to attend UW-Green Bay. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer, and feel free to reach out to the ambassadors over the summer!”
Twenty-five students submitted essays and two students claimed the top prizes and a scholarship for the annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Essay contest. The Selection Committee was composed of Rebecca Abler, Vicki Medland, Chris Williams and Xan Bozzo. The essays will be published in the Sheepshead Review.
The first-year award went to Emily Miller (Psychology/Spanish). The committee had this to say about the essay:
“Miller’s essay was particularly strong to the committee as she was able to weave a broad understanding of the liberal arts, starting with the Yale Report of 1828, into her own personal experiences at UW-Green Bay. Her reflection as a reluctant gen-ed student who learned to appreciate how the liberal arts was enhancing her education and goals was particularly impressive. The quote, “In macroeconomics, I learned psychology; after all, the basis of economics is the human behavior which drives us to make purchases” was one that stood out.”
The second award, presented to a second- through fourth-year student, went to sophomore Mackenzie Ringer (History). The Committee wrote this:
“Ringer’s essay deftly makes the case for a liberal arts education as crucial to preparation of society for fluid, ever-changing circumstances. It analyzes the criticisms of liberal arts education and refutes those criticisms, making the case that while job and career trends can rise and fall, liberal arts provides the fundamental background needed to respond to a dynamic world. She includes the quick response of universities, specifically UW-Green Bay, to the COVID-19 pandemic as an illustrative example of how those with liberal arts values can respond quickly to changes. Ringer acknowledges the challenges inherent in the rising cost of a college education and makes the case for addressing those in order to continue to provide equitable education for all.”
After the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in Green Bay linked to food plants, and given the number of Spanish-speakers employed in those plants, some UW-Green Bay Spanish students and faculty from the Spanish Translation Certificate program have joined forces with other bilingual members of the community to serve as “over-the-phone interpreters” and assist Brown County Health & Human Services and the Public Health Division in their efforts to trace potential contacts in our community.
We are in this together/Todos estamos juntos en esto.
As the current situation has required all members of the University community to use creativity and ingenuity to continue with our lives, Spanish students, faculty and community members have switched their weekly Tertulia meetings to Zoom. If you are interested in practicing your Spanish, please send a message to Prof. Cristina Ortiz to join the group every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. for some Spanish conversation and laughs. Somos Phoenix!
UW-Green Bay alumna Robyn Hallet (Urban & Regional Studies, Spanish) ’98 has gone on to do great things in the community. She is the current executive director of Literacy Green Bay, spending her time helping others get accustomed to the area and learning the English language. Her time at UW-Green Bay strengthened her faith and gave her opportunities to help others and get involved with the community; one of these opportunities was an internship with the Brown County Planning Commission.
Now, Hallet is working with Literacy Green Bay, and she is a member of the Homeowner Selection Committee for Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. She spends much of her time in Downtown Green Bay, either working or worshipping, and she hopes to do more for the local Latino community. Read more about Hallet’s story via Faith influences all parts of her life | The Compass.
Prof. Cristina Ortiz (Spanish and Humanities) will be honored as one of 13 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award on Nov. 7, 2019. The award ceremony takes place in Madison and will be done in conjunction with the Dr. P.B. Poorman Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People ceremony. The award is an annual honor given to faculty, staff, students or community members to recognize their achievements in advancing equity and inclusion for people of color within the UW System, as well as communities across the state. More information can be found at the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards.
Professors Cristina Ortiz (Spanish and Humanities) and David Coury (German and Humanities) are contributors to a new volume of essays: “Resistiendo al Imperio: nuevas aproximaciones al antiamericanismo desde el siglo XX hasta la actualidad” (Resisting the Empire: New Approaches to Anti-Americanism from the 20th Century to the Present), published in Spain by Silex and edited by faculty members from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Ortiz’s contribution is entitled “Partial Portraits: Visions of the United States from the Perspective of Basque Nationalism,” while Coury’s contribution is “A New Cultural Clash? Populism and American Cosmopolitanism.” The book is the product of a two-year research collaboration of scholars based in Madrid and jointly funded by the UAM and Banco Santander.