Senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abby Sunde is a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she is pursuing a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in glass and drawing as a second degree. Prior to attending UW-Madison, Abby received her BA in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota Morris, and previously spent several years working in the environmental remediation sector and in the Indigenous non-profit sector in Minnesota. As a UW NDGNS Scholar Fellow and a USDA Earth Partnerships Tribal Student Fellow, she is grateful for these opportunities to connect and reinforce cultural values with her education. Along with her research through the Earth Partnerships Fellowship, she is a consulting scientist for a community-based water research grant through Water@UW-Madison and the Morgridge Center for Public Service, a student studio assistant, and she also supports the learning of other students as a practice session monitor at the Glass Lab at UW-Madison. She is passionate about building communities through the arts and sciences and in supporting the wellbeing of others that comes through the connections of creativity and belonging.
This panel was thoughtfully crafted to provide a platform for students that identify as Black, Indigenous, South/East Asian, Latinx or Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander to authentically share personal stories on their journeys to find inclusivity and a sense of belonging within the UW campus community. Curated by the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement, the panel showcases a diverse array of student experiences, encompassing various ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, genders, and sexualities. This part of the Diversity Forum is to offer a space for BIPOC students to be heard and for attendees to learn and engage while exploring the dynamics of identity.