The Indigenous Student Center is a space that serves Indigenous students by providing academic, professional, and social opportunities focusing on collaborative partnerships, programming, and community building at UW-Madison and beyond.
The ISC centers the voices, experiences, and dynamic lives of Indigenous students. The center serves as a space to study, hold programming, and to hang out. The center is home to six student organizations – Wunk Sheek, American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc. – Lambda Chapter, MadTown Singers, Indigenous Law Student Association, and Tribal Libraries, Archives, & Museums.
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The History of ISC
The Indigenous Student Center, formerly known as the American Indian Student and Cultural Center (AISCC), was established in 2009 under the management of the American Indian Studies Program. In September 2021, management of the AISCC was transferred to Student Affairs, specifically the Multicultural Student Center, to expand the capacity to meet Indigenous student needs, and the inaugural Program Coordinator, Bobbi Skenandore, was hired. After reviewing feedback from students, staff, and faculty during the summer of 2022, the AISCC was renamed as the Indigenous Student Center.
Construction of the Irving and Dorothy Levy Hall, a new academic building that will be located near the ISC, will begin in fall 2023. This construction will not include demolition of either the ISC or nearby Mecha house. Campus will conduct vibration studies on the facility in spring 2023 to assess the potential impact of construction. We will keep students informed and engaged as the construction moves forward.
There will be a section on the Student Affairs website (studentaffairs.wisc.edu) so that related information on the future of the ISC house will be transparent and accessible to those who are interested. Please check back here for a link to that page!
If you have questions or feedback, please contact Gabe Javier (email@example.com), Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs – Identity and Inclusion, who will be the Student Affairs lead on this work.
The ISC is located at 215 N Brooks Street. The ISC is a controlled access building via wiscards open to students, staff, and faculty from 8am to 10pm. Access does need to be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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