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Baldwin Wisconsin Idea grants awarded

June 15, 2021 By Käri Knutson

The Wisconsin Idea is big and full of possibility. Seven projects receiving larger grants and 13 projects receiving seed grants from the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment show the range of how UW–Madison faculty, staff and students can work with community members to create and disseminate knowledge and solutions that will benefit and enrich the lives of the people of Wisconsin, the nation and the world.

The competitive grant program honors the legacy of Ineva Reilly Baldwin and Ira Baldwin. Ineva taught and served in the university administration as assistant dean of women and associate dean of the College of Letters & Science. Ira was a longtime UW teacher, researcher and administrator, and served as dean of the Graduate School and the College of Agriculture and as vice president for academic affairs. The Baldwin endowment, at the time it was gifted to the university, was one of the largest gifts ever received by UW–Madison.

The seven projects receiving larger grants (up to $120,000) are:

  • Advancing I-SITE in African-American Communities Project Leader: Yao Liu, assistant professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Center for DREAMers at UW Project Leader: Erin Barbato, clinical professor, Law School, and Erika Rosales, School of Education, who will serve as the Director for the Center
  • Drawing Water: Engaging Community through Art and Science in Northern Wisconsin Project Leader: Gretchen Gerrish, director, Trout Lake Station
  • Malawi Women in Agribusiness Project Project Leaders: Aleia McCord, associate director, African Studies Program; Lusayo Mwakatika, UW–Madison King Morgridge Scholar alumnus
  • Partnering with the Hmong Community to Build Better Medical Translation Tools and Preserve Hmong Narratives to Reduce Health Disparities Project Leader: Maichou Lor, professor, School of Nursing
  • The PBS Wisconsin and Nehemiah Partnership: Centering Black History to Build a Stronger Wisconsin Project Leader: Christine Sloan-Miller, director of production, PBS Wisconsin
  • Retrofitting Latinxs into the Wisconsin Historical Narrative Project Leaders: Marla Ramírez, professor, History and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies; Almita Miranda, professor, Geography and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies

View the full project descriptions. Related: 2021 Baldwin funded seed grant awards.