Vol. 8    No. 16
AUGUST 8, 2013

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Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                           Institutional Continuity
Although it is demanding and continuous work — I haven’t taken a pure vacation in seven and a half years
— it is truly a privilege to be the publisher, editor and chief bottle washer of The Capital City Hues. Every two
weeks, I write approximately 10 articles based primarily on interviews with a wide range and diverse group
of individuals or observe and take photos at community events. In essence, that is one meaningful interaction
every work day, on average, for 7-8 years without fail.

I don’t read as much as I used to, especially when my work was primarily doing accounting work at non-
profits. By the time I get done interviewing people, transcribing the interview and writing the article, I feel as
if I have read a book, or at least gained my knowledge in the oral tradition. There is such a wealth of
intelligence, knowledge and experience there — and I really get into the interviewee’s way of thinking in the
interview — that I feel that I have at least read a small book. The interaction is intense, continuous and quite
fulfilling.

It is with this thought that I reflect on the interview that I had with Centro Hispano’s new executive director
Karen Coller, which was the basis of the article that appears on p. 2. It was a delightful interview in which
Coller talked about community and institutional development and one of the key things is to develop an
institution, a program or an agency so that it can get along without you. Coller is into building independence
and not dependency. And the greatest testimony to Coller’s work would be to develop programs and
structures desired by community members that would be staffed by capable and trained people who could
carry on the mission of those programs and help the Latino community progress in the event of her absence.
That philosophy got me thinking about Madison’s leadership scene of late. With Coller, I hope that she is able
to build upon the wonderful things that Centro Hispano has created in its 30-year history, while taking it to
the next level in aiding the Latino community in its developmental efforts. I like her sense of egolessness and
how that may lead to growth for Centro Hispano and the community.

The UW-Madison is also undergoing some big leadership changes. Chancellor Rebecca Blank comes to us
from President Barack Obama’s cabinet where she served as interim secretary of Commerce. I look forward
to meeting Chancellor Blank someday and to find out her ideas and vision for diversity on the UW-Madison
campus. I haven’t seen anything written about it yet, but I am sure that must be there for what she wants for
the university.

Vice-Provost Damon Williams will be leaving us shortly to take on his new position as senior vice-president
for programs at the Boys & Girls Club of America in Atlanta, Georgia. Among his accomplishments, Williams
created the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement, which among other things houses the
UW PEOPLE, Posse and First Wave Programs. This has allowed these programs and others to collaborate
and shared resources to the benefit of students of color and first generation students on campus.

Williams also created collaborations and events with other organizations like 100 Black Men of Madison and
the Wisconsin Association of Black Men to create periodic programming on campus that created “stepping
stones of comfort” for students of color as they faced the challenges and rewards of fully participating in
university life and the Wisconsin Experience.

In this time of leadership change at UW-Madison, I hope we preserve the initiatives, efforts and institutions
that contribute to diversity and retention on the UW-Madison campus and that these efforts are strong
enough and independent enough to survive the change in leadership and that these efforts serve as the
foundation as the new chancellor and vice-provost take Madison’s diversity efforts to the next level.

At Madison College, there has been a leadership change as well with the departure of President Bettsey
Barhorst and Vice-President Maria Bañuelos in the past year. I hope that incoming president Jack Daniels III
will retain some of the initiatives that Barhorst and Bañuelos initiated including the Communities of Color
Councils and their influence on Madison College policy and initiatives.

There is a lot of leadership change going on. I just hope we as a community are mature enough to take our
diversity efforts to the next level instead of reinventing the wheel one more time.
Let’s keep moving forward Madison!