Ethan Brooks – Office Assistant
2nd Year; Psychology and Sociology Major
I joined the Social Justice Hub in order to get involved on campus and try to influence positive change right here at UW. Given the current social and political climate, I think it is more important than ever to use one’s position and voice in a productive manner in order to push the world forward, and it is my hope that I can do just that here at the Social Justice Hub.
Julia Lackey – Marketing & Media
4th Year; Psychology Major with certificates in Criminal Justice and Digital Studies
I joined the Social Justice Hub to combine my personal interest in social justice with my professional interest in marketing. I appreciate how collaborative the Hub is in bringing people and ideas together and I am excited to be a part of a community that facilitates positive change on campus and in Madison. I hope to become a more socially conscious person that can help bring awareness to social justice issues in need of more attention and also use the knowledge I have gained to help educate others.
Madelyn Vilker – Events
3rd Year; Marketing and International Business with certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Spanish for Business Studies
I joined the Social Justice Hub in order to continue advocating for equity within UW-Madison through collaborative events and discussions within our community. I am excited to help others get educated about social justice and ways they can combat discrimination and injustice on campus. I have been involved with social justice efforts in the past through my HEX-U Persist at the Polls project, and facilitating collaborations with community organizations.
Outside of the Hub, I work as an intern at the Center for Humanities, am the President of the Wisconsin School of Business Marketing club, direct videography at Moda Magazine, bike, craft, and grow plants!
Naomi Bergena – Intake
3rd Year; Legal Studies Major with a certificate in Criminal Justice
I joined the Social Justice Hub because of my passion for advocacy work and community building. As the intake intern, I hope to foster a welcoming environment for students who are interested in social justice work. Outside of the Social Justice Hub, I am a House Fellow for Sellery Residence Hall, the Marketing chair for the hip-hop dance team Hypnotiq, and a Posse scholar.
Parnika Shukla – Housing Equity & Housing Equity Action Team
4th Year; Biology and Spanish Major
I joined the Social Justice Hub because of my passion for people and with the goal of using my position of privilege to advocate and support others. As a Porchlight volunteer I have been able to witness the great disparities in our own community between those who have a permanent place to live and those who don’t. Housing provides stability to life and is essential for safety, health and general wellbeing.
Outside of the Social Justice Hub, I am involved as a singer in Wisconsin Waale, WISCIENCE as a Research Peer Leader, an undergraduate researcher at the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research and a volunteer at Porchlight. I also am a Certified Nursing Assistant at a long-term care facility in my hometown and credit this to a lot of my recent passions. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, cooking new recipes and spending time with close friends and family.
Sophia Boté – Operations
3rd Year; Economics and Asian Languages & Cultures with a focus on Southeast Asia
I joined the Social Justice Hub because I’m passionate about improving the lives of those in the Madison community and beyond. I appreciate the Hub’s holistic approach to social justice through education, discussion, collaboration, and more, and believe it’s the most effective way to find solutions to the societal injustices we face. I’m happy to be part of a group that’s creating positive social change.
Outside of the Social Justice Hub, I’m the co-president of UW-Madison’s Filipinx American Student Organization (FASO) and collaborate with a variety of multicultural organizations on campus. Some of my other passions are fashion, cooking, and rollerblading.
Anna Lied – Campus Outreach
4th Year; Legal Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies Major with certificates in Criminal Justice and German
I joined the Social Justice Hub because I am passionate about creating systems of support that uplift our communities. I hope to use my position to increase awareness of social justice issues that impact our community members on and off campus. Additionally, I hope to expand our campus’ involvement in social justice oriented initiatives through partnerships with various student organizations. Through engagement, discussion, and relationship building, we can create change.
Outside of the Social Justice Hub, I am president of my treble a-cappella group, Pitches and Notes. Additionally, I am an active member of Planned Parenthood Generation Action which advocates for everyone’s right to sexual and reproductive healthcare and education. In my free time, I love to cook, craft, listen to podcasts, and spend time outdoors.
Criminal Justice Reform Co-Directors
3rd year; Political Science and Sociology with certificates in Public Policy and Criminal Justice.
I joined the Social Justice Hub to learn more about the issues I am passionate about and use that knowledge to educate others. Working with the Criminal Justice Reform Team, I am able to collaborate with like-minded peers to spread knowledge of criminal justice across campus.
2nd Year; Economics and Political Science
Social Justice to me is more than a hobby or a commitment, it’s a civic duty. As a man of color, I feel as if it’s my responsibility to stand up against the pertinent inequities in our society. I joined the Social Justice Hub and, more specifically, the Criminal Justice Reform team, to help foster my beliefs and grow connections with others who feel so passionately about social justice as I do.
Contact Criminal Justice Reform here.
Food Justice Collective Co-Directors
4th year; Human Development and Family Studies & Communication Arts
I was drawn to the Social Justice Hub to create connections with students across disciplines, while also taking full advantage of its supportive & collaborative framework. In my eyes, this is the most effective way to find sustainable solutions to the food justice issues I am so passionate about. In my free time, I spend time testing out natural dyes and sprouting plants in my apartment!
4th Year; Nutritional Sciences with certificates in Global Health and Food Systems
I was initially introduced to the Social Justice Hub through the gALPHA Social Impact Program where I worked on developing and launching a sustainable fashion company with a fellow student. Through my experiences in the program, I found that my true passions lie within the interconnections between food insecurity, sustainable agriculture, and food waste. This then inspired the formation of the Food Justice Collective, which aims to address food justice on campus.
Outside of the Social Justice Hub, I am involved in Campus Food Shed, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), TEDx Madison, and ALT Magazine. In my free time, I enjoy painting, photography, reading, cooking, and hiking!
You can reach the Food Justice Collective here.
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 continue to improve the quality of life for all.
Biking, traveling and gaining new perspectives in life all excite Jim.
You can contact Jim here.