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Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student Award

Lihlani Skipper, 2014 Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award Winner. (Credit: Kait Vosswinkel)

The Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student Award is given to a graduate student who has engaged with the community through service-learning, engaged teaching, or leading or participating in community based research.

The Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student Award recipient will receive a $250 stipend and will be honored during the spring semester.

To apply for this award or to nominate someone click here.

2014 Recipient Lihlani Skipper

Department of Urban and Regional Planning graduate student Lihlani Skipper has been honored by the Morgridge Center for Public Service with the annual award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship at the graduate student level.

Skipper was honored for her efforts in helping lead a state-wide project that has developed locally grown root vegetable blends that provide Wisconsin students with nutritious food.

The Wisconsin Harvest Medley project has fostered partnerships between school districts and mid-sized farmers, significantly increasing the amount of fresh, locally grown produce being served in Wisconsin public schools.

“The partnerships Lihlani facilitated across the school food supply chain promoted transparency, trust, and equitable relationships, creating social change within of the conventional food system by changing the culture of how business is done,” said nominator and faculty advisor Alfonso Morales.

Skipper’s project provides both access to better food for Wisconsin’s students as well as greater access for mid-sized farmers to enter larger markets. Skipper’s project has built relationships with Growing Power, an urban agriculture non-profit and Farm Logix, an online technology platform that connects local farms to institutions.

“This project that she engaged has produced concrete social change in organizations, between organizations, and in school lunch rooms,” Morales said. “A more complete example of the Wisconsin idea would be hard to find.”

Skipper was honored at a campus ceremony on May 6 and will receive a $250 stipend.


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