Generous funding makes way for three new graduate assistantships

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

Earth Partnership is delighted to have three graduate assistants beginning new positions for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Claire Shaller will be changing roles from Earth Partnership office manager to graduate assistant as she begins the MS in Environment and Resources program through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The Nelson Institute has provided funding for Claire to teach a capstone service-learning course to undergraduate students entitled “Latino Earth Partnership,” which will connect UW students with Madison teachers implementing culturally responsive environmental education in their classrooms.

The Nelson Institute has also provided funding for Jessie Conaway to join Earth Partnership as a project assistant in the fall. Jessie is a PhD candidate in the Nelson Institute, and she has worked extensively with the Bad River Tribe in Ashland. This fall she will be collaborating with members of the Ho-Chunk Nation to offer Earth Partnership restoration education opportunities to diverse groups of learners in southwest Wisconsin.

Rachel Byington is working as an intern with Earth Partnership for schools this summer, focusing primarily on the Indigenous Arts and Sciences Institutes. She was awarded a Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) internship funded through the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council. She will continue working during the 2014–2015 academic year with funding through the School of Human Ecology. Rachel is on leave from her work for the Madison Metropolitan School District while pursuing a Master’s degree in Civil Society and Community Research at the UW. Her studies will focus on civic engagement among youth in environmental stewardship in common or public spaces.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.