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Brand New Badger: Brooks a passionate voice on race relations

During his undergraduate years at UW–Whitewater, Kyree Brooks increasingly sought to use his platform as a student leader to improve race relations.

Kyree Brooks
Kyree Brooks is pursuing a master's degree in special
education from UW-Madison's School of Education.
It was a role he naturally gravitated to, but also one thrust upon him by campus events after the “n-word” was scrawled on sidewalks and in several UW–Whitewater residence halls.

Brooks worked with university housing officials in Whitewater to develop the “Stop the Slur” campaign, which included a series of panel discussions at residence halls attended by hundreds of students.

“I realized it was a moment to take our anger and really turn it into something that could educate people,” says Brooks, who was vice president of the Black Student Union at the time.

The Milwaukee native is now a first-year graduate student with UW–Madison’s School of Education.

“My advice to undergraduates when these campus climate issues arise is to continue to be present in the community, to keep your ears peeled and to educate others on your experiences and your views,” he says. “That’s the best way we can understand one another and be inclusive to all.”

Brooks is pursuing a master’s degree in special education. In his research, which he began as an undergraduate at UW–Whitewater as part of the McNair Scholars program, Brooks studies the impact of television viewing on children with autism.

             — By Doug Erickson, University Communications

Galvan reflects on study abroad experience in Argentina, Uruguay

While many UW–Madison students spend their summers working, taking classes in Madison or staying at home with family, others choose to do something a little more out of the ordinary: study abroad.

This past summer fifth-year senior Jesús Galvan, a School of Education student majoring in kinesiology, was one of more than 600 UW–Madison students studying abroad through International Academic Programs.

 Galvan spent three weeks in Argentina and three weeks in Uruguay visiting different government based agencies and health care departments in the two countries. He got to speak with health professionals about a variety of topics, including mental health, drug usage, how to treat different populations and the money behind the health care system.

Bruecker analyzes fiscal effects of Wisconsin’s Parental Choice Program

Ellie Bruecker in October published a peer-reviewed policy memo analyzing the fiscal effects of Wisconsin’s expanded statewide Parental Choice Program. The report describes how the voucher program alters the relative share of public education spending borne by the state and by local districts.

Parental Choice ProgramBruecker is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The policy memo, “Assessing the Fiscal Impact of Wisconsin’s Statewide Voucher Program,” was published by the National Education Policy Center.

In 2013, Wisconsin’s legislature added a statewide voucher program to its longstanding Milwaukee voucher program and a newly enacted voucher program in Racine. The state expanded the statewide program in 2015 and changed the funding mechanism of the program so that its cost was borne by local school districts. The program is already distributing tens of millions of dollars to pay private school tuition across the state.

Bruecker’s analysis finds that although the fiscal effects of the program on various local public school districts are still relatively small, they are likely to grow over time. She reports that the majority of students currently eligible to participate in the program live within 15 miles of a voucher school and that as participation grows even school districts with low participation rates could lose a substantial portion of their state aid. Small rural districts, as well as urban districts such as Green Bay, would be negatively affected, potentially exacerbating funding disparities in the public system. 

Student Highlights from around the School …

James Pederson, a master of fine arts student with the School of Education’s Art Department, was chosen this past summer as a Juror’s Selection Winner of the 2016 New American Painting MFA Annual Competition. This year’s competition drew more than 800 applicants from 112 programs throughout the country.

Alex Allweiss was awarded the American Association of University Women’s American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Allweiss is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s departments of Educational Policy Studies, and Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation explores the ways current policies and processes such as militarization, privatization and migration influence the lives and educational trajectories of indigenous Chuj Maya youth.

• Three graduate students with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology were honored by the American College of Sports Medicine for their scientific abstracts/posters at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Denver May 30 to June 3.

Those being recognized, and their projects, are: Adam T. Corkery — “Cerebral Pulsatility and Habitual Exercise; ” Ryan J. Dougherty — “Fitness, Independent of Physical Activity, Is Associated With Cerebral Blood Flow In Older Adults At-risk For Alzheimer’s Disease;” and Kathleen B. Miller — “Cerebral Autoregulation and Habitual Exercise in Young Healthy Adults.”

Valerie Crespín-Trujillo, a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, received a 2017 Equity and Inclusion Fellowship from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). This fellowship supported her travel and participation in the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference, Nov. 2-4 in Chicago. CrespínTrujillo’s research explores how public policies and institutional decision-making impact postsecondary access and outcomes for students at the national, state and campus levels. Crespín-Trujillo is especially interested in examining this topic as it relates to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

Laura Minero received a grant from the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD) to conduct a study titled, “Impact of Detention Proceedings and Solitary Confinement of Latinx UndocuTrans Populations.” Minero is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.

Morgan Sinnard received a 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Student Engagement Award from APA’s Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Sinnard is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Counseling Psychology. She received this honor for her research and activism on topics related to transgender individuals.

Regina Fuller in June was awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. These fellowships are administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation and are made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Fuller is a doctoral student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.

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