Wunk Sheek provides educational and supportive services to the UW campus and community. Its primary goal is to expose, educate, and enlighten the campus community about the unique cultural identities of its Indigenous students. The organization is open to all students, Native and non-Native, graduate and undergraduate, faculty, staff, and community.
Wunk Sheek organizes two annual Pow-Wows as well as many events in celebration of November, American Indian Heritage Month. These programs include speakers, workshops, films, and a traditional Native feast. Through these programs Wunk Sheek brings Indigenous issues and culture to students on campus. Thus, Wunk Sheek helps balance students social and spiritual well-being.
Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA)
The Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) exists to provide an organization and forum for University of Wisconsin law students while contributing to the advancement of indigenous peoples. ILSA fosters communication between all law students, the UW law faculty and staff, and the community at large. Additionally, ILSA provides support to its members by maintaining study groups, assisting with job searches, and hosting monthly social activities.
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES is a national organization that was founded in 1977 by American Indian scientists, engineers and educators. In view of the high dropout rates and low college enrollment and graduation rates of American Indians and the severe under-representation of American Indians in the science and engineering fields, these Native professionals resolved to create an organization that would identify and remove barriers for the academic success of Native students.
The UW-Madison chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a student run organization on campus. We have Undergraduate and Graduate Students, as well as community members and staff. We have students majoring in various fields from Graphic Design to Biochemistry to Mechanical Engineering.
Alpha Pi Omega
Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., is the country’s oldest Native American Greek letter organization. Founded at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Sept. 1, 1994, the sorority has more than 400 sisters representing more than 70 tribes nationwide and 13 chartered chapters.
Wunk Sheek Drum
The Wunk Sheek Drum is an opportunity for young singers to learn to sing on a Native inter-tribal drum. They meet bi-weekly to sing and drum and include students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Indigenous Langue Table Program
The Indigenous Language Table Program is developed in partnership with ENWEJIG Indigenous Language Advocates and the Illuminating Discovery Hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) to encourage an ongoing commitment of fostering collaborative efforts. Those who want to practice their skills beyond a classroom setting can attend one of the many language tables that will take place weekly.