February 14, 2020

UW-Superior students take part in 35th annual Superior Days

UW-Superior students were able to take their learning outside the classroom for real-world experience and a glimpse of how state government works. Students, along with faculty members, traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, for the 35th annual Superior Days. They are pictured with Mark Liebaert, chair of the county board of supervisors, and Jim Paine, mayor of Superior.

UW-Superior students were able to take their learning outside the classroom for real-world experience and a glimpse of how state government works. Students, along with faculty members, traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, for the 35th annual Superior Days. They are pictured with Mark Liebaert, chair of the county board of supervisors, and Jim Paine, mayor of Superior.

This week, University of Wisconsin-Superior students were able to take their learning outside the classroom for real-world experience and a glimpse of how state government works. Ten students traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, for the 35th annual Superior Days.

“My expectations were very high, because I had had such as great experience attending Superior Days last year,” said Katja Nielsen, an international student from Denmark majoring in psychology with a minor in anthropology. “I enjoyed getting to know my fellow Student Government Association (SGA) members even better as we would represent the university and lobby for issues to make Superior an even greater place to be. I was also expecting to meet with friendly staff members of representative and legislators who would listen to our concerns and understand our needs and challenges.”

Students were able to make the trip in part to the Center for Community Engaged Learning recently receiving $21,500 in funding from the Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovations (CSII).

“Having our students participate in Superior Days exemplifies the types of learning experiences our center and the university can support, expand, and grow thanks to generous civil liberties funding we received from the Menards CSII Center,” said Jenice Meyer, director of the center. “Students were able to learn and experience first-hand how democracy works. They constructed a pervasive argument, worked with a delegation team of local community leaders, and advocated to state legislators for some of the most pressing needs of the Northland.”

During Superior Days, students were able to take part in lobbing efforts for the legislative issues of Medicaid, better cities superior and improving access to mental health services in the region along with several agency issues. Also included were keynote addresses by UW System president Ray Cross, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and a Northwest Wisconsin delegation meeting with Sen. Janet Bewley and Reps. Beth Meyers and Nick Milroy.

"I enjoyed lobbying and hanging out with fellow SGA members," said Zack Abt, a social work major from Glenwood City, Wisconsin. "Overall I had a great time and can't wait to go next year."

“What I enjoyed most about Superior Days was talking to passionate people from the area, people from very different backgrounds, yet coming together with the same goal of making positive changes for the people in Northern Wisconsin,” said Nielsen. “As a student, I hoped to convey a unique perspective of the concerns and struggles of college students that I have experienced during my time at UWS as a resident assistant and member of SGA.”

Students also heard from representatives of the departments of Transportation, Corrections, and Natural Resources and Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), which provided an encompassing look at the most important issues of the region.

“What I will take with me from attending Superior Days is the power of coming together as a group to support a common goal and voicing one’s opinions,” said Nielsen. “I am very proud to have been a part of Superior Days for two years and I have learned a lot about communicating effectively and listening to people with different beliefs and viewpoints.”

UW-Superior students were able to take their learning outside the classroom for real-world experience and a glimpse of how state government works. Students, along with faculty members, traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, for the 35th annual Superior Days. They are pictured with Mark Liebaert, chair of the county board of supervisors, and Jim Paine, mayor of Superior.

UW-Superior students were able to take their learning outside the classroom for real-world experience and a glimpse of how state government works. Students, along with faculty members, traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, for the 35th annual Superior Days. They are pictured with Mark Liebaert, chair of the county board of supervisors, and Jim Paine, mayor of Superior.

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