New School Year 2022

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I used to use brown paper bags to cover all my textbooks at the start of each school year.
Kaleem Caire grew up in a small neighborhood located two blocks away from the Urban League building on Madison’ South side — a place he refers to as “the heart of the Black community.”
Insecurity is an unspoken force among middle schoolers. That awkward feeling you get while just trying to fit in.
Frank Anderson Humphrey, 69, transitioned from this life on Aug. 1, 2022. 

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New School Year 2022 — Lessons Learned

Cover: Illustration:Teacher Malika Artist:Jonathan Guy-Gladdingjonathan-gladding.pixels.com



UMOJA Publisher/Editor: Old Memories, New Beginnings

I used to use brown paper bags to cover all my textbooks at the start of each school year.



From Church to State-of-the-Art Facility:

Kaleem Caire grew up in a small neighborhood located two blocks away from the Urban League building on Madison’ South side — a place he refers to as “the heart of the Black community.”



Empowering Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders 

Insecurity is an unspoken force among middle schoolers. That awkward feeling you get while just trying to fit in.



Consummate Advocate for Social Justice Leaves Legacy of Premier Civil Rights Engagement

Frank Anderson Humphrey, 69, transitioned from this life on Aug. 1, 2022. 



The Black Student Experience: How Can We Make Higher Education Better for Black Students?

Higher education can be an isolating experience for all incoming freshmen.



Luis Piñero Marks 40 Years of Service at UW–Madison

Luis A. Piñero will enter a select and esteemed cohort of university employees as he marks 40 years of continuous service at UW–Madison.



How Safe is Safe

School shootings have almost become an epidemic in the last few years.



End Time Ministries International Provide Relief to Families At Annual Backpack Giveaway

End Time Ministries International held a huge backpack giveaway celebration this summer and handed out a whopping 1,000 backpacks to local students in need.



Five closet staples students will love this back-to-school season

Ah, back to school. The air is tense with anticipation as long summer nights turn to crisp fall mornings.



Closing the Opportunity Gap Through College Readiness for Success in a Global Society

AVID has helped raise high school graduation rates and college readiness for all students and is continuously improving academic outcomes for students enrolled in the AVID elective course.



Justified Anger Creates Black Leaders in Madison 

The Justified Anger Leadership Institute (JALI) is a program offered by the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development and is designed to prepare and connect emerging African American leaders. 



Building Community on the South Side of Madison

Over the last two years, many people have been physically and emotionally isolated by the pandemic.



The Progress Center For Black Women Launched New F.O.C.U.S Program

Sabrina Madison, CEO and founder of the Progress Center for Black Women, has been building entrepreneurial networks for years.



Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities Gain Immersive Introduction to Graduate School

The diverse areas of study within Human Ecology have long intersected in a shared focus on improving opportunities and experiences for youth and families, particularly those who are underrepresented and underserved in our communities.



Bringing Perspective to Policing:  A Profile on Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett

When Kalvin Barrett was appointed Dane County Sheriff in May 2021, his goals included advancing diversity on the force, keeping the inmate population down, and developing a bond of trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.



Apple Chips

These apple chips with cinnamon will disappear almost as quickly as you make them!



One-Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

When the weather's too chilly to grill, I whip up a big pot of this cheesy pasta.



UMOJA Shorts — New School Year Issue 2022

Meet Megan Piphus Peace, Sesame Street’s First Black Woman Puppeteer Girls United Sesame Street is still making history despite having been on the air for 53 years. In 2020, the acclaimed children’s show hired its very first Black woman puppeteer. Megan Piphus Peace officially started her stint in September 2021 when she began voicing the [...]