February 3, 2022
In this Issue:
  • Meet Nur Jahan Mohomad
  • A New Literacy Agency for the Digital Age: Community Center for Immigrants
  • Welcome Ashleigh Henrichs to the Team!
  • Champion Wisconsin Literacy During The Big Share
  • Winter Virtual Conference Next Week
  • Thursday Morning Coffee Chat: Advancing Digital Literacy Across Wisconsin
  • Health Literacy Summit Registration is Open!
  • Wisconsin Health Literacy Vaccine Community Outreach Sub-Award Informational Meeting
  • Making English Language Easier
  • Integrating Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Justice into Adult and Family Literacy Programs
  • Celebrate Latino Academy of Workforce Development’s Independence!
Literacy Success Stories
Meet Nur Jahan Mohomad
Nur Jahan Mohomad, a refugee from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, moved to the United States seven years ago. Her goals were freedom and education for herself and her family. After taking citizenship classes at the Community Center for Immigrants, Nur Jahan realized her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen in late 2021.

Community Center for Immigrants: A New Literacy Agency for the Digital Age
Literacy gives immigrants and refugees a voice - allowing them to interact with their children’s school, navigate the citizenship process and engage fully in their communities.

The Community Center for Immigrants, a new organization, focused on accessible, virtual citizenship classes for refugees and immigrants. In their first year, they served over 80 students.

Wisconsin Literacy News
Welcome Ashleigh Henrichs to the Team!
Join us in welcoming Ashleigh as our new Associate Director! Ashleigh moved to southeast Wisconsin nearly 20 years ago and transitioned from the financial publishing field into nonprofit administration. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Ripon College and a master’s in writing from DePaul University.

Literacy is a passion of Ashleigh’s: "Literacy is the foundation to achieving your goals, no matter what your path in life. I’m honored to be part of a team working to support literacy learners across Wisconsin as they improve their lives, strengthen our communities and celebrate the beauty in diversity."

She served as Executive Director of the Kenosha Literacy Council and currently sits on its Board of Directors. In addition to working and raising three children, Ashleigh has built strong relationships with contacts in local and regional education, business and nonprofit organizations; she serves on several Kenosha Boards. She comes to Wisconsin Literacy from the Gateway Technical College Foundation, where her focus was foundation and alumni relations.
Champion Wisconsin Literacy During The Big Share
Join Wisconsin Literacy for The Big Share® on Tuesday, March 1 to build stronger, healthier communities in Wisconsin. Literacy is a bridge to new opportunities.

The Big Share is a fun, easy, and flexible way to donate to Wisconsin Literacy and other organizations making a difference in our community. The Big Share is hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin to support the organization’s 70 nonprofit members, including Wisconsin Literacy, who are advancing the local social and environmental justice movement.

Get involved!

  • Create your own Wisconsin Literacy fundraiser for The Big Share. Uplift others with literacy! Click here and select “Fundraise” to build your own page. Be sure to share why you support Wisconsin Literacy. 

  • Mark your calendar for March 1st at 10:00 - 11:00 am for the Power Hour. Give during this hour to double your donation with our Board/Former Board Match!

  • Invite Your Friends to watch us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and follow #CSWBigShare and #LiteracyisaBridge. Build the buzz by sharing Wisconsin Literacy updates, memes, and invitations to invest in literacy work!
Professional Development
Winter Virtual Conference Next Week
Invite your board directors, tutors, volunteers, and staff!

Wisconsin Literacy’s Winter Virtual Conference is free and open to your entire organization from February 7-11, 2022.

There is a session for everyone.
Thursday Morning Coffee Chat: Advancing Digital Literacy Across Wisconsin
Engage your program in digital literacy initiatives across the state.

Presenters: Chris Stark and Gail Huycke from UW-Madison Division of Extension

Chris Stark is a Community and Economic Development Educator for UW-Madison, Division of Extension. At present, he is working with the Wisconsin Digital Equity and Inclusion Stakeholders Group, in an effort to get affordable broadband to all citizens of Wisconsin and to help deploy teachers to teach digital skills necessary to help residents to be able to utilize their connectivity.

Gail Huycke is a professor with the University of Wisconsin Madison Division of Extension. She works with communities to develop strong community planning and networking as they work to expand broadband. Her adoption work has included development and training for Connecting Aging Communities and Tech Changemakers.
Health Literacy Summit Registration is Open!
Register now for the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit at The Edgewater in Madison, WI.

The health and safety of our Summit attendees is paramount. We will be requiring vaccination of all attendees. We will also follow Dane County’s COVID-19 requirements, which may include a mask mandate at the summit. Learn more about why we are choosing in person.

  • On April 5-6, learn from and network with experts who are Embracing Health Literacy in the New Normal. Topics include digital communications, telehealth, health insurance, and health equity. Register at https://bit.ly/RegisterHLSummit2022

Wisconsin Literacy members get a special $175.00 rate for the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.

For full details about the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, go to https://bit.ly/HLSummit2022.
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Wisconsin Health Literacy Vaccine Community Outreach Sub-Award Informational Meeting
Join Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) for an informational meeting on the Vaccine Community Outreach Sub-Award Application on February 17 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcOCrpj0tHNZO_a8rhbfDtfvfAg5r0y15.

Vaccination is a critical tool for containing the virus and minimizing the adverse impact of COVID-19. WHL recognizes that community-based organizations and trusted messengers are in the best position to promote acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination with those who have questions.

This funding supports COVID-19 vaccine outreach and education to help address barriers to and promote acceptance of vaccination, especially those communities that face challenges to accessing medical care and people who have historical mistrust of the medical community and vaccines. 
Making English Language Easier
If you serve English Language Learners, you have no doubt heard about BurlingtonEnglish. Large and small literacy programs in Wisconsin use BurlingtonEnglish. The Waukesha office of Literacy Services of Wisconsin was recently featured in an article in the Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (WITESOL) newsletter.

Click the link to see how this program is successfully using BurlingtonEnglish to give their students a boost in grasping English.
Racial Justice Resources
Integrating Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Justice into Adult and Family Literacy Programs
Active Allyship: Leading with collective work in mind 

Monday, February 7 at 8:45-10:00 am

Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence and recipient of the Cornell University Diversity and Inclusion certification, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government, and corporate organizations. In her work, Dr. Mosby Tyler specializes in the development and delivery of leadership, equity, diversity, cultural responsiveness and inclusiveness strategies and training programs.

Dr. Mosby Tyler has a vast, 32-year background in human resources, diversity & inclusion, training and operations management. She has received local and national awards for her service and leadership accomplishments from over a dozen other organizations. Dr. Mosby Tyler holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership, a Master of Arts degree in Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education
Member News
Celebrate Latino Academy of Workforce Development’s Independence!
If you are in the Madison area, consider joining Latino Academy of Workforce Development unveiling celebration to announce their independence.
Thank You
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