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Edgewood College to Host Woodrow Wilson Fellow

  • Friday, May 24, 2013

Madison, Wis. (May 24, 2013) – For the first time in its history, Edgewood College will host a Council of Independent Colleges Woodrow Wilson Fellow during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Florence Reed, President and Founder of Sustainable Harvest International, will be on campus in April 2014. By hosting a Fellow, Edgewood College joins an impressive list of independent colleges from across the country that have participated in this program, which helps students and faculty explore how the classroom and campus relate to the broader society. By their own example, Fellows demonstrate that there are challenging opportunities for those who want to build a better world through professional activities and as informed citizens.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host such a distinguished guest and advocate for social justice and civic engagement,” said Kris Mickelson, Dean of the School of Integrative Studies at Edgewood College. “Her work takes place at the intersections of several of the College’s lively and promising Mission-focused commitments. We look forward to our students engaging around Ms. Reed’s important work.” Cross-campus partnerships with Environmental Studies, Sustainability Leadership, Global Studies, the School of Business, and Social Sciences will support her visit.

Sustainable Harvest International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with rural Central American communities to implement sustainable land-use practices. That organization works with nearly 2,200 families in four Central American countries to plant 2.8 million trees, convert 14,000 acres of degraded land to sustainable farms, and save an estimated 70,000 acres of tropical forest from slash and burn destruction. Prior to founding Sustainable Harvest International, Ms. Reed served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 1991–1993, focusing on agro-forestry and environmental conservation. She has received honorary degrees recognizing her work from the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University.

The Woodrow Wilson Fellows program has operated for more than 35 years as a way to bring prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, and business leaders to college campuses for substantive dialogue on timely topics. Wilson Fellows spend a full week in residence on a college campus engaging with classes, conducting seminars, and consulting.

About Edgewood College

Located in Madison, WI, Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican tradition, with 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s degrees in business, education, nursing, and other fields, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. For more information about Edgewood College, please visit www.edgewood.edu, or call Ed Taylor in Marketing & Communications at 608-663-2333.