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Friends of LACIS featured in BRAVA Magazine!

by Bette Benson (LACIS Social Media/Outreach Intern, BA, LACIS, Pol Sci, & Intl Stud ’15)

BRAVA magazines May issue featured the article, “Living Local, Thinking Global,” which highlighted the work of  Madisonian women who have worked hard locally to implement global change. Four of the featured women, Lori DiPrete Brown, Amanda Bickel, Janet Niewold, and Araceli Alonso have LACIS connections.


Lori DiPrete Brown is a LACIS associated faculty member with the Center for Global Health. Additionally, she founded 4W Initiative – Women and Well-Being in Wisconsin and the World. W4 is a collaborative effort with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the School of Human Ecology that improves the lives of women by promoting research, leadership training, community engagement and evidence-based policy.


Amanda Bickel is a new friend to LACIS. She graduated from UW having majored in French and in May of 2014 she founded Eko Haiti, a social enterprise that works to promote job creation in Haiti through ethical tourism. Check out her website HERE!

Janet Niewold, development director for the Morgridge Center for Public Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured on Aug. 30, 2010. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Bryce Richter Date:  08/10    File#:  NIKON D3 digital frame 6425

Janet Niewold earned her M.A. in LACIS and is the Faculty Advisor of Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace. WWBM collaborates with artisans in countries such as Ecuador and Mexico and works with businesses in Madison to sell their partners’ products. Check out WWBM’s website HERE.


Araceli Alonso is a LACIS affiliated faculty member of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. She founded the nonprofit Health by Motorbike, which allows healthcare workers to deliver basic health education, services, education and basic medical equipment to women and adolescent girls in remote areas of Kenya all by motorbike! Check out Health by Motorbike’s website HERE.

To learn more about the contributions to the global world of these women and others, pick up a copy of May’s BRAVA magazine!