Find support with CeO!

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The Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO) is a federally- and state-funded center that provides academic and ancillary support to students who are the first-generation in their family to come to college, students from economically vulnerable families, or students with disabilities. CeO often holds events at the Multicultural Student Center and has weekly tutoring in our social justice resource center. Learn more about how our campus partner can help you!

CeO is a campus-wide undergraduate program open to around 500 students from various disciplines. CeO’s mission is to provide a supportive learning community which fosters an equal opportunity for success in higher education.

You can apply for CeO at anytime in your academic career! 

If you apply and are accepted you can receive the following services:

  • Academic advising
  • Academic coaching
  • Study abroad advising
  • Graduate School and Professional School Advising
  • Assistance with Financial Aid, Housing, and Other University Services
  • ….and more! Click here for the full overview of services.

Eligibility Requirements (you must meet at least 1)

  1. First-generation college students (the parent(s) with whom the student resides did not complete a four-year degree)
  2. Students whose families meet federal income guidelines*
  3. Students with documented disabilities

Contact CeO: Center for Educational Opportunity      

1155 Observatory Drive, 16 Ingraham Hall

Phone: (608) 265-5106

Reach them on Facebook at UW-Madison CeO Program

If you have questions about CeO, please contact us: ceo@cdo.wisc.edu.

A Glimpse into the Multicultural Greek Life

Maikoau, MSC Student Life Intern 

When you hear the word “Greek” what comes to mind? Is it a beneficial extension of campus life or is it the worst path you could cross during your college career? I’ll bet that multiple stereotypes of Greek life pop into your head. Whether these stereotypes are positive or negative, they aren’t necessarily all true nor are they reliable. Here are a few common stereotypes that I’ve heard throughout my college career.

1. “Greeks haze.” Does hazing happen? Yes. Does every Greek organization haze? No. Although hazing is often seen as negative, there has been said to be positive effects of it as well. This website created by Cornell University gives the pros and cons of hazing. Because hazing is commonly associated with Greek life, it is important to know what comes out of hazing and why SOME Greek organizations continue to haze.

2. “Greek life is all about partying and drinking.” Greek life does not automatically label you as a party person. Nor does it define you as a binge drinker. There are members in Greek organizations that like to party and drink, but there are also those who would rather stay in and watch a movie. The number of parties I’ve gone to since becoming Greek is much smaller than you would imagine.

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Click the cups and read, “Drink Smart. Have Fun. Stay Safe.” on Threads.

Each organization understands that some of their members drink. No Greek organizations in the Multicultural Greek Council support or promote drinking but instead remain neutral. My sorority, for example, regulates how our sisters represent ourselves in association with alcohol. At all our events that involve alcohol, no sister is allowed to be intoxicated because we are all in charge of making sure our events run smoothly. This helps with keeping our sorority reputation as an organization that does not fall under this drinking stereotype.

3. “Greeks don’t care about academics.” This by all means is false. All Greek organizations have academic requirements that their members have to meet. Most, if not all, have a policy of at least a 2.5 GPA to be an active member. Therefore, Greeks who do not care about their academics do shape up and get back on track.

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Some MGC members working studiously on academic assignments.

4. “It is costly and takes up a lot of your time.” Greek life is costly but it doesn’t leave you empty handed. All that money comes back to you and the community. It goes towards philanthropies and provides your organization with the ability to carry out their events successfully. Greek life involves time commitment just like any other organization on campus. It is up to you how you prioritize your time.

5. “You get nothing out of Greek life.” Greek life can provide you with a home away from home–you have an everlasting support system in your brothers/sisters that not only motivate you but help you find yourself. Greek life contributes to your character and expands your social circle. You are able to develop your leadership through event planning and teamwork. This also corresponds to professionalism in how you present yourself on behalf of your organization. Time management and communication are also practiced and teaches you to better prioritize and communicate effectively.

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The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) on the UW-Madison campus consists of 10 Greek organizations that foster a unified multicultural community and promote awareness. Through MGC, I have increased my network and experienced a more positive college experience. It has disproved the views I held on Greek life before I became Greek. Of course, I can only speak for myself. Greek life is something that anyone should try out and not shy away from due to stereotypes they hear. You may be surprised once you get involved.

Interested in learning more about MGC? Visit our Facebook page to get updates about future events throughout the academic year.

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Find Community with ASM

by: Dolly Wang, Diversity Chair, Associated Students of Madison (ASM)

It is hard to find a sense of belonging when you are studying abroad in a foreign country and being so far away from your family and best friends back home. It was hard for me. Everything here is just different, the culture, the language, the food, the people. Not everyone is as lucky as I am to find a “home” here in the States—somewhere I know that I belong.

I started as an intern of the ASM (Associated Students of Madison) on Diversity Committee. I worked on grassroots campaigns to increase college affordability for international students. It was a wonderful experience for me—it was more than just a challenge or a great leadership opportunity. I felt so included. There were always acceptance and respect in the room. I felt like I could be myself and that I was appreciated, and I felt safe. Thanks to the ASM, I realized the importance to be myself and to express my identity, and to be this one tiny but crucial part of the diverse culture. It is not right to accommodate in order to feel included. Everyone is part of this diversity, and everyone is deserved to feel that they are appreciated.

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ASM Meeting; Photo Credit: Jeff Miller

Now, as the chair of Diversity Committee, I want to create that kind of inclusiveness that I enjoyed here for more students and to build this connection on campus. This year, we will be actively involved in the Diversity Plan implementation process, to have members sit on implementation working groups and have relational meetings with administrators to get the ball rolling. We would love to have student representatives from different student organizations over UW-Madison get involved in the Diversity Plan implementation process and sit on those working group committees. If you are passionate about diversity and want to be an active student voice on campus to make UW-Madison a better place, this is where you belong.

Diversity Committee is having weekly committee meetings every Tuesday, from 5-6pm, in Room 4001 at the Student Activity Center. The meeting is open to everyone who is passionate about diversity. Definitely drop by during our meeting and get to know more about us.

To get in contact with Dolly:

Email: jwang549@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-886-3032

Office hours: 11am-1pm every Tuesday and Thursday at the ASM office, feel free to drop by and chat at the Student Activities Center!

Drink smart. Have fun. Stay safe.

Year after year, the University of Wisconsin Madison ranks in the top 10 party schools in the nation. That may sound like fun and games but it can also lead to some serious consequences. According to the Division of Student Life,

“The easy availability of alcohol and its excessive use are issues that college campuses are struggling with every day. UW–Madison is deeply concerned about the negative consequences of high-risk drinking, for the drinker and also for friends, roommates, and classmates. Local research shows that these consequences can include disrupted sleep or studies; unplanned and unprotected sexual contact; sexual or physical violence; vandalism; or nights that end at the detoxification center.”

Tickets, illness, and injury do not have to be the norm! Realistically, lots of UW student will drink, but it doesn’t have to be dangerous. Here are three solid suggestions for doing it safely.

1. Get home safe, help others do the same.

- The 81 and 82 run until 3-3:30 a.m. Ask a friend with a smartphone to look up the schedule and nearest stop. There are lots of other campus resources for safe travels, click here to check them out.
– Call a cab.
– Don’t walk home alone at night! Always stay with friends.
– Set a limit in advance and pace yourself
– Eat before and while drinking
– Alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic beverages
– Skip the shots and avoid drinking games
– Watch out for your friends
– Plan how to get home safely
– Call 911 if there is a medical emergency

2. Know how to keep your party under control.
You and your student organization or your roommates are throwing a party/fundraiser and you want to have a good time but you also want to be safe. After all, you as the host will be responsible for everything that happens! If you plan ahead and follow these guidelines you’re more likely to have a successful (and less stressful) gathering.

- Only invite people you know and limit the number of guests.
– Secure anything you don’t want people touching or potentially using as weapons. Better yet, secure your rooms (you don’t want strangers in your bed).
– Don’t let people smoke inside, it’s a fire hazard.
– Give the option of non-alcoholic drinks.
– Stay sober throughout the party or designate at least one or two roommates to partysit!
– Keep an eye out for very intoxicated partiers (VIPS). Consider contacting police BEFORE things get out of hand.
– Walk around the house every hour or so to make sure it isn’t too noisy or to clear any lines.
– Have Safe Nighttime Services and bus routes info handy.
– Offer friends to stay the night if they’re too drunk to walk home.
– Make sure everyone leaves with a friend and has a way to get home.

3. Prevent police run-ins. Here are the top reasons for police to show up:
– Noise complaints; let your neighbors know of the party beforehand!
– Fights or disturbances
– People gathered outsides in street/driveways/porches
– Public urination or vomiting
– Destruction of public or private property or fire breaking out
– Pulling fire alarms

Click here for even more information from University Health Services.

Click here to view a full document of UW-Madison Alcohol Policy.

Who Run the World?

Daisy, MSC Student Life Intern

Beyoncé certainly has woven feminist ideas and themes in her latest songs and performances. Some people call her a bad feminist while others bow down. Either way you look at it, Beyoncé has made an impact on feminism and society today.

Beyoncé has worked to empower women, especially women of color (WOC). Some people may call Beyoncé a bad feminist due to her provocative lyrics, dance moves and photos. I believe this tests the acceptable “boundaries” of feminism. Whatever boundaries society has placed on how feminists should look, act and behave, Beyoncé has challenged them by asserting herself as a strong, yet feminine woman. Beyonce has challenged many stereotypes associated with feminism and has begun to pave a new path for modern feminists.

According to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the featured TEDx speaker in Beyoncé’s track ***Flawless, “a feminist is a person who believes in the social, economic and political equality of the sexes.” The track contains other influential bits of Adichie’s “We Should All be Feminists” TEDx talk. The union of Adichie’s strong words and Beyonce’s beats truly is a victory in feminism. Adichie and Beyoncé challenge societal pressures that both men and women face. From gender disparities in aspirations to marry, expressing sexuality and competing with each other, Adichie covers it all in her influential talk and Beyonce flawlessly incorporated it into her latest album. I would strongly encourage you to watch Adichie’s talk as well as listen to ***Flawless.

Beyoncé has done an incredible job working to raise awareness to issues that mainstream white feminism does not address, mainly the intersection of race and gender. By putting feminism directly into her work Beyoncé has made society think about and research what feminism means as well as connecting feminism to WOC. Beyonce has exposed feminism to women who need feminism–her listeners. Read more here.

I will let you decide whether you think Beyoncé is a “good” or “bad” feminist. Either way, Beyoncé stands strong in what she believes and has made an impact on how society views and understands feminism today.

Take Part in Planning a More Inclusive UW-Madison

Last Spring, Forward Together: A Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence was presented as a guide for encouraging a more inclusive campus experience for all UW-Students. This Fall, Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims is inviting faculty, staff, and most importantly–students, to be part of conversations on implementing the framework and actively shifting a the ideal of a diverse Madison into a reality. The first of the faculty and staff sessions was held on October 6th and the next one will be on Wednesday October 15th.

Students interested in contributing to these conversations are invited to the October 14th session. It will be from 5:30-7pm in the MSC Lounge. There is absolutely no registration necessary.

Another way students can be involved is to join the Diversity Committee. This group of students meets weekly and encourages student orgs to join and contribute to their meetings which are held every Tuesday from 5-6pm in room 4001 at the Student Activity Center (SAC).

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Learn about the Criminalization of Black with Kenyon Farrow

This Thursday (10/9), writer, speaker, and activist Kenyon Farrow will be hosting a workshop and free public talk as part of The Institute of Justice Education and Transformation (IJET). The event is co-sponsored by The Crossroads Initiative, The Multicultural Learning Community, and the Working Class Student Union.

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Click Here to Register for the Workshop Online


 Come Join us in the MSC this Thursday!