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Wisconsin Experience Stories


Alexandra Pleasant poses for a photo at Memorial Union, writing paper and pen in hand.
Alexandra Pleasant

First-generation student Alexandra Pleasant has as much courage, grace and gumption as any literary protagonist.

Abagail Catani poses for a portrait in UW–Madison’s Red Gym and Multicultural Student Center.
Abagail Catania

As an undergraduate, Abagail didn't see many students of color in her agricultural classes. So she set out to change that.


Leah Johnson poses for a portrait near the rooftop solar panels on Leopold Residence Hall at UW-Madison.
Leah Johnson

Leah seeks to infuse sustainability into the everyday fabric of campus, making green living an easy choice.

Deshawn McKinney

Milwaukee native Deshawn McKinney talks about opportunity, hardship, and winning the esteemed Marshall Scholarship.

Hannah DePorter
Hannah DePorter

It took an undergraduate to look at things differently and inspire change.

Luke Valmadrid playing the violin
Luke Valmadrid

Luke has forged a rigorous path pursuing a triple major — and the dedicated senior wouldn’t have it any other way.

Katelyn Zutter smiling outdoors
Katie Zutter

This computer sciences and Spanish double-major is working to make the tech industry more inclusive.

Jamie Dawson

A background in spoken word and music has served as a powerful launchpad for Jamie.

Jada Kline, undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured on Nov. 15, 2017.
Jada Kline

With a message of determination, Jada honors the past and embraces the future.