Woodward honored with 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders award for sustainability work in rural Ecuador

April 14, 2016

Catherine Woodward, a faculty associate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, has been honored with a 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders award. Woodward was awarded Excellence in Service Learning for her work with conservation and sustainability initiatives in rural Ecuador.

The 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders Awards honor the work of students, faculty, staff and community partners that demonstrates excellence in collaboration between the university and local and global communities. Winners this year represent efforts spanning seven countries. Each award carries a cash prize of up to $1,500.

Woodward has partnered with the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation to involve students in a community-based, service-learning research project in Ecuador. The goals are two-fold: First, to guide students in developing cultural competencies as they apply their college education and language skills in sociocultural contexts that are novel to them; and second, to facilitate a beneficial exchange of knowledge between U.S. students and rural Ecuadorians that helps address economic and environmental challenges that are global in scope.

Wisconsin Without Borders
award winners will be honored
at a ceremony, open to the
campus and community, on
April 21 from 4-5:30 p.m.
in the Wisconsin Idea Room
of the Education Building.

The impact of this involvement includes a greater awareness from both students and local people of the importance of stewardship of water resources and increased capacity within the community to address water quality problems. More than 30 students have been involved in this work.

The Service Learning Award honors up to three projects annually that exemplify the goals of service learning by highlighting service or other engagement activities that are of value to the community. Honored projects should: 1) Include evidence of a reciprocal relationship with the community partner; 2) Incorporate student reflection; 3) Link the activity to formal credit/ academic learning.

Wisconsin Without Borders, a campus-wide alliance, selected winners in four different categories for the 2016 awards. Winners will be honored at a campus ceremony on Thursday, April 21 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Idea Room at the Education Building. The ceremony is open to the entire campus and community.

Wisconsin Without Borders (WWB) is a UW-Madison alliance and award program that recognizes globally engaged interdisciplinary scholarship and fosters excellence by networking through joint learning activities. WWB draws on the history and values of the Wisconsin Idea and the many remarkable partnerships that UW-Madison faculty members and students have initiated, both in Wisconsin and around the world. WWB is a partnership between the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the Global Health Institute and the International Division.