December 2016

Humanistic Studies receives grant to fund: “Displacement and Immigration: Through a Different Lens”

Posted on December 9, 2016
UW-Green Bay’s Humanistic Studies program received a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council for a project: Displacement and Immigration: Through a Different Lens. The funding will be used to help middle school students and their families gain a deeper understanding about global displacement of people as well as local immigration. In partnership with the Neville Public Museum, students will see three films and a theatrical production with discussion following about what leads to immigration and the impact this displacement has on communities. This program is designed for middle schoolers, who often are not the target of public programs. The films explore a Syrian refugee camp, an undocumented Latina pursuing the arts in California, and the odyssey of a Hmong family who waits in a Thai refugee camp before eventual settlement in the U.S. The one-person performance tells the true story of a German-Jewish man who must either secretly assimilate for having a Jewish grandparent, or flee his homeland during World War II.
 

UWGB to host a “Google IgniteCS” program

Posted on December 1, 2016
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay, Information and Computing Sciences (ICS), and his team of highly motivated students, in partnership with Phuture Phoenix, received the IgniteCS award by Google. Through this award, this team is partnering with Google to start a community outreach program mentoring underrepresented youth of Northeast Wisconsin in computing sciences.

The IgniteCS UWGB student mentors will design and develop outreach curriculum in computing sciences specifically for K-12 teachers, to teach their students the art of computing and computational thinking.

“This is a novel and innovative venture, where students will be driving an outreach and innovative program to strengthen the Phuture Phoenix program,” said Chattopadhyay. “It is a unique development platform for students wishing to gain experience in computing educational research, teamwork building, outreach curriculum design and development and wishing to serve as community mentors and role models.”

UW-Green Bay is the first University in Wisconsin to host the Google IgniteCS program, the  “maiden Google IgniteCS center in Wisconsin,” said Chattopadhyay. “It will add more value to the inclusiveness and diversity objectives of the campus.”