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The move is a temporary initiative to accommodate increased demand for on-campus housing in the upcoming school year.
The primary goal is to further ensure the well-being and safety of students, de-escalate potentially high-stress situations, and promote a shared commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Wearing face masks and physically distancing from others, students started to move into UW–Madison resident halls this week. There will be 6,500 students living in 19 residence halls, as two of the smaller halls are being used for isolation housing.
More than 360 students from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin signed up to participate in UW Housing’s early-drop off program Aug. 15-18, bringing their belongings to their residence hall rooms in preparation for the school year. They wore face masks and followed physical distancing rules.
For the past week, students have been returning to dorms to gather their belongings. UW Housing organized the move-outs in staggered time periods from April 27 to May 7.
“Our campus community owes a debt of gratitude to these employees for leaning in and figuring out how to get things done at such a difficult time."
With in-person instruction suspended for the rest of spring semester and campus buildings closed except to essential employees, campus is a quiet place these days. But there's still activity from University Housing food-delivery robots.
The packaging program is a modern gleaning operation that is directed at left-over food that was cooked, but not served, at markets and dining halls across campus. It delivers an average of 250 meals a week to students.
Originated as a part of a student capstone project, this major renovation to the 55-year-old residence hall is centered around the students that will inhabit it.
The initiative will seek to improve the experience of American Indian and Alaskan Native students by hosting Native elders on campus for extended visits and educational exchanges.
The moving-in process is underway on campus, with students beginning to settle into their residence halls after carrying in carts, baskets and armloads full of all those things they brought from home that they just can't live without.
Numerous campus area streets will be closed to accommodate UW–Madison students who will be moving into university residence halls starting Aug. 26. Flooding is expected to close some nearby streets.
As part of a month-long celebration of Native American experience, heritage and legacy, student members of Wunk Sheek hosted a bead workshop designed to teach contemporary Native American styles to the UW–Madison community.