Three of Brava magazine’s “2023 Women to Watch” have ties to UW–Madison’s School of Education.
Brava explains that its “12 Women to Watch represent individuals who are community changemakers, leaders, and creative thinkers with ideas that can shape entire industries. Their journeys will inspire you.”
Those featured with ties to the School of Education are:
Halverson is a professor and chair in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She also co-directs the UW Community Arts Collaboratory, and Brava highlights her advocacy for arts education. Halverson states, “I want to create public enthusiasm and dialogue around the power of arts education to change peoples’ lives.” Halverson last year launched a podcast titled, “Arts Educators Save the World,” in which she interviews notable guests in the arts — from actors to musicians — alongside their teachers and mentors.
Thompson is a School of Education alumna who earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2014. In 2017, she founded Black Girl Magic Educational Services (BGMES), which “provides opportunities for Black girls by empowering them to let their natural gifts shine, cultivating leadership skills while centering youth voice in decision making, and forming a safe and affirming community where girls can authentically and unapologetically be themselves.” Thompson also uses her position as an educator and mentor in the Madison Metropolitan School District to work toward inspiring young Black girls in the Madison area.
Mansfield earned her BS in 1977 from the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. She is the director of LIFT Wisconsin, an organization that seeks to “provide efficient, technology-driven legal assistance to clear civil legal barriers to economic prosperity for Wisconsin families, to transform legal and court systems to prevent economic drags, and to contribute to national reform movements to improve access to civil legal justice.” LIFT Wisconsin focuses primarily on Dane County, but according to Brava, “Mansfield hopes to eventually reach across the state, especially rural areas that have limited access to attorneys.”
Read more about all of Brava’s “2023 Women to Watch.”