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Saturday, June 15, 2024

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A class from the School of Human Ecology aims to create innovative ways to improve the lives of women in Kenya while also giving them the tools to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs. 

SoHE class aims to give Kenyan women entrepreneur opportunities

What started as a design assignment in a class in the School of Human Ecology has transformed into a non-profit organization that helps empower women in Kenya. After a student in one of Lesley Sager’s design classes thought of the idea to created cardboard disaster relief shelters, Sager, now the director for the Design Thinking Initiative in the School of Human Ecology, traveled to Kenya in 2012 — where monsoon season often destroys mud homes — to examine the Kenyans’ living situations.

The $25 million gift from Ted and Mary Kellner will go towards the All Ways Forward campaign, a $3.2 billion dollar campaign launched in 2015 to fund various departments across the university.

Homecoming Week capped with $25 million gift

Some Badgers welcomed homecoming weekend with a beer at a tailgate. Others donned red-and-white overalls and sang “Build Me Up Buttercup” in the stands of Camp Randall. For Ted and Mary Kellner, homecoming marked a time to give back to their alma mater.

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