By Katherine Zimmerman, NAMI-UW President (2022-2024)
My sincere thanks to the UW Department of Student Affairs for hosting the 2023 Bucky Awards and the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence for co-sponsoring the Inclusivity Award.
The NAMI-UW leadership team is extremely grateful and honored to be recognized for our efforts towards fostering learning opportunities, leadership growth, building campus community, and promoting awareness.
Mental health is and continues to be paramount, especially in light of the challenges the world has endured just in these past few years. Therefore, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, acknowledging and fighting against the social disparities that perpetuate existing inequalities, while also supporting and empowering students is extremely crucial to NAMI-UW's mission. Everyone deserves a community that understands and supports them.
In short, I am incredibly proud of what we've accomplished this year and of my fellow executive team members for finding innovative, meaningful ways to continue our student organization's mission and reaching future goals!
NAMI-UW is deeply heartbroken in sharing the news of the loss of a fellow badger yesterday morning outside of Smith Residence Hall. There is no statement that can accurately describe the extent to which this loss will be felt among the Madison community and beyond.
Our thoughts are with all those impacted during this time. Please know that every one of your thoughts and emotions are valid. Support is a beautiful thing, and we encourage all to reach out to others in whatever ways feel most comfortable to you.
To our community,
Your mental health is important. You are important. You are valued, loved, and appreciated by so many people on this earth; there is nothing more valuable than your presence.
Please know that if you have or are currently experiencing struggles with your mental health, you are not alone in your experiences. There are many ready and willing to listen and support you in whatever way fits your current needs.
There are free resources available within the Madison area, and we encourage all to utilize what feels right at this time. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, or our direct messages for any additional questions or considerations.
As always, thank you for being here, and know that we are here for you.
-National Alliance on Mental Illness UW-Madison
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Our members are the heart of our student organization and we are honored to have such amazing UW-Madison student be a part of our community! Therefore, we hosted our first annual NAMI-UW Spring Gala to celebrate the wonderful things we’ve done together this year (2022-23) and recognize our members for their commitment, dedication, and passion for NAMI-UW’s mission: to advocate, educate, and support!
Our 2023 Award Winners!
The event took place on April 26th, 2023, 7:00-8:30 pm at Union South, Varsity Hall. Our attendees enjoyed socializing, playing games, entering our raffles, taking photos, and dining on delicious meals during the our Pre-Award Ceremony time!
Beginning the Award Ceremony, once all were seated, Katherine Zimmerman, 2022-24 NAMI-UW President gave a speech to welcome our guests and give thanks to our dedicated members and our talented executive board leaders: Vice President, Lauren Roskopf; Bandana Project Director, Noelle Kotrly; Events Coordinator, Kat Schneider; Marketing Director, Abbey Skramstad; Workshop Coordinator, Isabella Reilley; Volunteer Coordinator, Anna Rehfeld; Fundraising Coordinator & Treasurer, Zach Goetz; and Secretary, Alyssa Shack. Kat Schneider also gave an heartfelt and amazing speech recapping all of the social events she hosted this year and said thanks to our members, along with shouting out a few members for their outstanding participation! Then, we took a trip down memory lane by watching a video showcasing the exciting and fun events we hosted this year and finally announced our 2023 NAMI-UW Spring Gala Award Winners along with our raffle winners!
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