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Education Pathways

This priority focuses on building on and expanding culturally sensitive pre-college preparation and recruitment programs and extending support services to families and students to support their enrollment in higher education. Although the emphasis may be on supporting Native students from Wisconsin, as a global research university, UW-Madison has a special responsibility to attract indigenous students nationally.

Ron Jetty
Education Pathways Lead
Executive Director, Information Technology Academy Assistant Director, DoIT Academic Technology


Bad River Youth Outdoors

Bad River Youth Outdoors (BRYO) is a watershed education program that combines outdoor education with teachings about Ojibwe culture and water.

Contact: Jessie Conaway

Earth Partnership for Schools - Indigenous Arts and Sciences Program

(EP/IAS) is an integrated effort between tribal communities and collaborators that shares a common vision of engaging youth in science and the natural world through service learning projects emphasizing ecological restoration and traditional Ojibwe values of the Lake Superior region. Native youth are encouraged to explore STEM careers to meet future workforce needs for managing tribal resources and to become knowledgeable scientific citizens capable of critical thinking and analysis of STEM-related issues in their communities. The approach is based on traditional knowledge as well as contemporary research and protocols of Native Nations, through a series of listening sessions and community dialogues. Information gathered through this collaborative process, including identifying the research agendas most important to tribal communities (for example, water stewardship and protection of the subsistence harvest) led to the development of multiple-day institutes, which included greater experiential opportunities for educators and intergenerational learning between students, elders and community practitioners. Earth Partnership has now established a northern office to assure that the dialogues continue.

Contact: Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong

POSOH: Place-Based Opportunities for Sustainable Outcomes and High Hopes

POSOH is a partnership between the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences with the Menominee and Oneida Nations to develop community-wide and cross-institutional collaborations that co-construct approaches to formal and informal science education. It values and infuses indigenous contributions to scientific knowledge and culturally diverse ways of knowing into science teaching and learning.

Contact: Hedi Baxter Lauffer

Tribal Youth Media

Tribal teens learn to make environmental movies that matter to their community.

Contact: Patty Loew

Tribal Technology Institute, Information Technology Academy

In alignment with the UW-Madison's 2014 Diversity Framework, the Information Technology Academy (ITA) is an innovative pre-college initiative for diverse students in the state of Wisconsin. With programs in Madison, Lac du Flambeau, and Oneida, ITA's goal is to increase the enrollment rates of diverse students at the university.

Contact: Chris Kilgour