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The 2016 NLC-Madison Institute’s class of fellows recently completed their capstone projects, which are a required component of their fellowship. Each project completed a task for one of NLC’s progressive community partner organizations.
The 2016 NLC-Madison Institute’s class of fellows recently completed their capstone projects, which are a required component of their fellowship.
Our capstone team designed a new program for 2016 that built on the success of our prior years’ capstone projects and allowed fellows to choose to do their projects as individuals or in a group. There were two individual projects and several group projects. Each project completed a task for one of NLC’s progressive community partner organizations.
We’re proud to showcase those projects as a model for future NLC-Wisconsin institutes and NLC institutes across the country.
Fellows Joe Meeker, Will Kramer and Josh Klemons completed a project for AFSCME that created a new “For you. For us.” membership campaign that seeks to harness the power of union organizing. The group’s recommendations to AFSCME, contained in a written report and oral presentation, are based on interviews with AFSCME members and best practices in digital campaign organizing.
Fellow Carolyn Scherf put her expertise in sustainability to work for Sustain Dane, an organization committed to creating a sustainable Dane County (where Madison is located). The project helped Sustain Dane design a survey to support teachers in Dane County who want to use their outdoor classrooms more effectively.
Fellow Monica Sundal worked with AARP to create a presentation about Social Security for high school students. This presentation will inform young people about the importance of Social Security and the need to protect it for future generations.
Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
Fellows Anna Kaminski, De’Kendrea Stamps, Kate Christopherson and Taylor Beale worked with the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health to examine how well Dane County’s insurers cover women’s health needs in their insurance plans.
Wisconsin Prison Reform
Fellows Jake Jokisch, Lindsay James, Jimmy Macken, and Soong Kit Wong examined Wisconsin’s solitary confinement problem. Their report advocates for removing children from solitary confinement, reducing the adult solitary confinement population by half, and requiring the Department of Corrections to submit an annual report on its use of solitary confinement. Their report can be found at: https://wisconsinprisonreform.wordpress.com/
Fellows Laura Larsen, Hank Brand, Frederick Perry, Flora Csontos, and Nate Toth partnered with The Progressive magazine to host the first in a series of events titled “Progress Talks.” This event convened the leaders of Emerge Wisconsin, Wisconsin Progress, and NLC-Wisconsin to do micro lectures (like a TED talk) and answer questions about how to build a progressive movement in Wisconsin.
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