The Social Justice Hub
Alyssa Bokotey - Operations & Intake
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I am a junior majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership and Environmental Studies with certificates in Global Health and Sustainability. I joined the Social Justice Hub because of my life-long passion for social justice reform — especially as it pertains to issues of housing and food insecurity, gender-based violence, sustainability and nonhuman animal rights.
Outside of the Social Justice Hub, I am involved in organizations PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment), Slow Food and the Jewish Democratic Council of America. In my free time, I enjoy making art, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Nicole Meyer - Housing Equity / Porchlight
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3rd Year; Neurobiology, Psychology, and English, with a certificate in Public Policy
Social justice is important to me because I believe every person in the United States deserves the best quality of life possible, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, or creed. I hope as the Porchlight intern I am able to bring greater awareness to UW-Madison students of our surrounding community, especially in regards to homelessness. I want there to be an understanding and respect for the complexity that the housing situation in Madison has, as well as the risk factors that cause different groups of people to be disenfranchised and more susceptible to homelessness at disproportionate rates.
I am also involved in SALT company, I am on the committee for advocacy and awareness for AED, and I work at St. James Elementary School, and intern at the Capital for Representative LaKeisha Myers. I volunteer at the Rape Crisis Center of Dane County, The Literacy Network, The Beacon Homeless Shelter, Big Brother Big Sister of Dane County, and The Boy’s and Girl’s Club. In my free time I love being outdoors, especially when I’m hiking or running, preferably at a National Park.
Kalli Anderson - Media
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3rd year; Journalism with certificates in Criminal Justice and Middle Eastern Studies
Social Justice is important to me because I think it is our societal duty to speak up for those who cannot or do not have the platform to speak up for themselves. Due to my education, I believe that we must use our skills and talents to speak up for communities that are usually ignored and/or pushed to the side. As a journalist, I strive to amplify these voices and make them heard.
As part of the Social Justice Hub as the Media Intern, I hope to increase our audience so more people can see the good work that we are doing. I also want to focus on highlighting the impacts we make on the community to create a more understanding and aware society.
My other interests besides journalism and social justice include prison reform, food insecurity, and helping sexual abuse survivors.
Campus student organizations I am involved with are the Daily Cardinal, the UW-Madison Club Field Hockey team, Feed the Change, and St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Ben Ross, Operations Assistant
3rd Year; finance and risk management
I believe social justice is a core principle anywhere you go in today’s society. It’s also growing to be an even more prevalent issue on college campuses across the country.
Within the Hub I hope to gain a better insight on social justice issues and then to pass that knowledge on to others.
4th year; Legal Studies and Political Science
As a first-generation Indian woman, I have grown up painfully aware of my differences from the rest of the majority in America. As a result, I have always been committed to increasing equity and inclusion in our society.
I have always believed that change happens through a group of people unifying together for a common cause. As a result, I hope to do the same through the Social Justice Hub. I hope to promote social justice and a more equitable mindset throughout our campus in order to give
students of color a more safe space.
Jim Rogers, Program Director
Jim has initiated, developed and led the Social Justice Hub since 2018 having worked with staff putting together the mission and structure, setting up the facilities and equipment, opening the office, hiring the Social Justice Hub staff, and facilitating the Social Justice Hub supporting students and campus members working towards social justice, while developing student skills, as these future leaders can improve the quality of life for all.
Biking, traveling and gaining new perspectives in life all excite Jim.