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Congratulations to our May 2013 Graduating Minors!

Lizzette Altamirano Trejo - Elementary Education Major
Becky Brown - Studies in Education Major
Jordan Gohre - English Major (August Graduate)
Amanda Gray - Sociology Major
Brandon Jerstad - History and Studies in Education Major
Rachelle Kunze - Psychology Major
Robyn Rauman - Psychology Major
Peter Schackleford - History Major
Melanie Walker - Elementary Education Major

We wish you all the best on your future endeavors!

Ethnic Studies Major:

In October 2012, the Center launched the Ethnic Studies major, the first discipline-specific undergraduate major in the School of Integrative Studies.

The launch was announced in an Edgewood College press release, and it received attention from the local news media, such as the Wisconsin State Journal and Madison Times.

At the Oct. 16th launch gala, well attended by faculty, staff, and students as well as alums, Drs. Dan Carey, Dean Pribbenow, and Kris Mickelson as well as Huining Ouyang spoke about the significance of the major to the College, the School of Integrative Studies, and Edgewood students. Nicole Sandoval, Ethnic Studies Association President and a junior double majoring in International Relations and Ethnic Studies expressed her excitement about pursuing Ethnic Studies as her second major to make herself better prepared and more marketable in today’s workplace.

Ethnic Studies Minor:

The program continues to witness tremendous interest from students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as disciplinary fields. In the 2011-2012 Academic Year, a total of 20 students from a variety of disciplinary areas graduated with the minor degree.

Ethnic Studies Association (ESA):

Founded in fall 2010 and renamed as Ethnic Studies Association (formerly Ethnic Studies Club), ESA began the new academic year with renewed energy and newly elected officers. President: Nicole Sandoval; Vice President: Katie Clements; Secretary: Crystal Hecker; Co-Treasurers: Rachel Pope and Alexis Homann; Publicist: Katlyn Schlick. Faculty Co-Advisors: Huining Ouyang and Sara Collas.

Starting from this fall, ESA members can also sport the ESA T-shirts (logo and shirt design by Kristi Frisch, CME Graphic Design Intern) at our events or on any given day on campus.

CME Distinguished Lecture Series:

On Oct. 24, 2012, at the third annual CME Distinguished Lecture, Cindy Hooper, a veteran of numerous local, state, and national political campaigns and founder of the National Organization for African American Women, discussed her recently released book, Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics (Praeger, 2012).

In honor of Hooper, CME also hosted a luncheon reception, attended by faculty and staff representatives; ESA, BSU, and ALaS representatives; and Madison community representatives from Capital City Hues, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Madison Alumnae Chapter, and Women in Focus.

Teaching for Diversity Series:

On May 3, 2012, we hosted a roundtable session, “Dispelling the Model Minority Myth: Asian American Integration and Exclusion.” Moderator: Dr. Huining Ouyang; Panelists: Drs. Jinxing Chen‎, Binbin Fu‎, Sayeeda Mamoon, Phillip Yang, Maria Yelle. From both professional and personal perspectives, our stories interrogated the model minority myth and revealed the dissonances within the American national narrative of immigrant integration and belonging.

Awards and Honors:

Nominated by Prof. Ouyang, CME Program Assistants Katie Clements and Kristi Frisch have been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2012-2013.  Students are chosen based on their outstanding academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, community service, and letters of endorsement from faculty and staff.

CME Program Assistant Nina Liamba was named Edgewood College Student Employee of the Year (2011-2012).

Goodbye and Welcome:

Advisory Board members: In spring 2012, we said goodbyes to the CME Advisory Board members Drs. Julie Luecke and Julie Whitaker, and in fall 2012 we welcomed new members, Drs. Ashley Byock (English) and Donna Vukelich-Selva (School of Education).

Please also welcome Dr. Jennifer Hull, our new Ethnic Studies instructor. Jennifer has recently received her Ph.D. in history from the UW-Madison, and her dissertation is entitled: “Remapping Black Manhattan: Transformations of Space in the Early Republic City.” This fall, she is teaching ETHS 201 DJ 002: Introduction to Ethnic Studies.

CME Program Assistants: Nina Liamba (Sociology Major; Ethnic Studies Minor) graduated in May 2012 after three years of dedicated service. Please welcome back Kristi Frisch (Graphic Design and Web Development & Design Major), Graphic Design Intern, and Katie Clements (Ethnic Studies and Nursing Major), Advising and Outreach Intern. Welcome Nicole Sandoval (International Relations and Ethnic Studies Major), who joined the CME staff as a program assistant in spring 2013.