ACTS Indigenous Student Services offers advising, community, and support for UW-Madison students of Indigenous identity at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We offer:
- Academic Coaching to Thrive & Succeed to achieve your educational goals (for undergraduate students only)
- Guidance on academic expectations and campus resources
- Personalized goal setting and pathways to support your academic success and well-being in college
- Connections with peer, academic, and professional mentors, including Indigenous professionals
- Access to professional development workshops and conferences
- Career services (i.e., resumes, cover letters, interview practice)
- Connections to student organizations, cultural events, community, and support for Indigenous students on campus
- Campus-wide advocacy for Indigenous student well-being
Network for Development & Growth of Indigenous Scholars (NDGNS) program, which includes:
- The NDGNS Affinity Community, a living experience for Indigenous community members and allies, designed to build community and relationships with students of similar identities. The community will offer academic support to help students thrive and a variety of academic, community, and cultural events throughout the year, offered in collaboration with the NDGNS UW program in ACTS. Applications for incoming students for the upcoming academic year are due in late April or early May (after you receive an admissions decision from the University). Current students living in University Housing should watch for application deadlines to be announced housing.wisc.edu.
- The NDGNS UW fellowship program for Indigenous community members and allies, designed to build community and relationships with students of similar identities. The program will offer academic support to help students thrive and a variety of academic, community, and cultural events throughout the year, through Academic Coaching to Thrive & Succeed and our many campus partnerships. Applications open in Spring. Scholars connected with ACTS Indigenous Student Services will receive an announcement when the application for the upcoming year is open. To stay informed, current students can join ACTS Indigenous Student Services on Canvas, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTS Indigenous Peoples Day Open House
ACTS welcomes scholars to stop in any time during office hours, and we offer open houses throughout the year. In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day 2023 scholars enjoyed food, space to study, drop-in academic coaching, crafts, games, and beading.
"The University of Wisconsin-Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial.
In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.
This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin."
In October of 2021, the Our Shared Future marker with this text was installed in its permanent location near South Hall on Bascom Hill.
Our Shared Future is more than a heritage marker. Our Shared Future represents UW–Madison’s commitment to respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other First Nations of Wisconsin. It is a first step that calls on each of us—faculty, staff, and students—to deeply consider our shared past and present with Indigenous peoples in this place, Teejop, and to make our own personal and institutional commitments to achieve a shared future with them.
Our Shared Future is a process, not a land acknowledgement or something to recite. It is a collective act of moving together from ignorance to awareness; an educational framework for posing questions; and an opportunity to celebrate Ho-Chunk people, as well as learn about the hard truths of our histories with them. It is a challenge to educate ourselves and each other, and create a better future together.