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Madison mayor imposes curfew after rioting, looting Downtown

Wisconsin State Journal

Later Saturday and into Sunday morning, there were also reports of people targeting other places in the city, including East Towne Mall, where Best Buy appeared to have been broken into and the doors to the mall food court had been smashed. Just before 1 a.m., police were stationed at mall entrances.

Dane County police chiefs condemn actions of Minneapolis officers following death of George Floyd; community members call for change

Wisconsin State Journal

Ahead of the town hall meeting, organized by the online news site Madison365 and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman, president of the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association, called the death of George Floyd heinous and unacceptable. “Nothing can justify the actions or inactions of these officers,” Roman said of the officer who knelt on the back of Floyd’s neck for several minutes and three other officers who failed to intervene or render aid.

Racial disparities heightened with COVID-19 crisis

The Capital Times

Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association, has hosted virtual support group meetings during the pandemic. The groups have included Alvin Thomas of UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology, Logan Edwards from UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology, Dr. Jonas Lee from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and Darryl Davidson of the city of Milwaukee’s Health Department.

UW team launches website, app with COVID-19 resources

The Capital Times

The Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering received a $470,000 grant for the project through the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the School of Medicine and Public Health. CHESS collaborated with faculty, staff and students at the journalism school’s Center for Communication and Civic Renewal, which received a $140,000 subcontract.

As Gov. Tony Evers closes some state parks, local officials urge park users to follow health guidelines

Noted: Located within the city, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is also taking steps in its outdoor spaces to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

UW-Madison spokesperson Meredith McGlone said the university has posted signs at outdoor locations, including Memorial Union, campus recreational fields and Picnic Point. Also, the university has removed some recreational equipment, like basketball hoops and volleyball nets.

“We understand everyone’s desire to spend some time outdoors staying active, especially as the weather is improving, but we share the concern about maintaining 6 feet social distancing while being outdoors and engaging in recreational activity,” McGlone said in a statement. “Now more than ever, Badgers need to look out for each other and for the most vulnerable members of our community.”

As COVID-19 spreads, Madison’s Latinx community mobilizes to support, inform itself

The Capital Times

When the microphones came on at La Movida radio station on Monday afternoon, Dr. Patricia Tellez-Giron was ready. The much-beloved Madison doctor and University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor was in the studio for a radio special all about the coronavirus, organized by Madison’s popular Spanish-language station and the Latino Health Council, which Tellez-Giron co-chairs. 

Q&A: Jessie Conaway prioritizes the ‘humanity of partnership’ between UW, tribal nations

The Capital Times

Conaway and professor Patty Loew became co-chairs of the Native Nations_UW Strategic Working Group, an ongoing collaboration between the university and Wisconsin tribes. After listening sessions with the 12 tribes — Wisconsin’s 11 federally recognized tribes and the Brothertown Indian Nation — the working group moved into a series of feedback loops to finalize a strategic plan of priorities and action items.

Borsuk: 10 heroes of Wisconsin education from 2019

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Jessica Antonio: Antonio was one of the first graduates of Cristo Rey High School and one of the first participants in the promising All-In Milwaukee nonprofit effort to provide help in several ways (including financial) to low-income students as they tackle college. She enrolled this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is off to a good start.

Black Power 2019: Wisconsin’s 49 Most Influential Black Leaders

Madison 365

Noted: Gia Gallimore is the director of diverse alumni engagement at Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. One of her core goals is to connect alumni of color with the alumni association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To do so, Gallimore had a hand in creating a strategic plan for diverse engagement, including strengthening the alumni of color network, enhancing marketing and engagement programs and cultivating student-to-alumni connections. She is also the founder of and driving force behind Badger Vibes, a monthly newsletter highlighting faculty, students and alumni of color in order to celebrate the diverse UW experience, produced in partnership between the WFAA and Madison365.