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André De Shields Fund

Invest in artistic projects and performances created, performed, designed, or produced by Black, Indigenous, and people of color at the Wisconsin Union theater.

I hope to continue to feel that excitement with the opening of the curtains and the roar of applause that drowns out any modern-day stresses and leaves your mind open and ready to be taken to someplace new. And I hope to see more faces that look like mine at the Wisconsin Union Theater. I hope to hear more stories that I can relate to.
– Isabel Zuckerberg, Class of ’24
On importance of the André De Shields Fund

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Mental Health & Well-being Support

Develop additional supports for students experiencing mental health crises by providing critical suicide prevention programming and mental health resources.

“Students are wanting to access mental health services more than ever before, and that is a good thing. At Mental Health Services we take our responsibility to continuously create ways for students to access that care very seriously and we are excited to have the opportunity to work with our students every day.”
– Sarah Nolan, Director of Mental Health Services
at University Health Services

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Divine Nine Garden Plaza

Transform the Vilas Green on East Campus Mall to create a physical recognition of the history and impact of UW–Madison’s historically Black fraternities and sororities.

“Adding a physical landmark for the National Pan-Hellenic Council and for Black Greek Organizations would do wonders for Black students here. It will also help students who are thinking about coming to the university because they see that the school represents Black students and students of color in a better way than before.”

– Israel Oby, Class of ’21, Kappa Alpha Psi
Student Advocate for the Divine Nine Plaza

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Veteran Services

Cultivate community and serve military-connected students. Donations support programming and community-building efforts, helping veterans navigate campus life.

“In coming to campus older and more out of practice academically than my peers, it takes a little longer to feel like part of the community here. Interest, acceptance, and assistance from fellow students goes a long way in making veterans feel like part of the community.”
– Sean Jackett, Graduate Student Veteran
On challenges of transitioning to campus life as a student veteran

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