Office of Community Engagement Spotlight Series
Featuring Artist Wade Fernandez
We invite you to join us at our inaugural event when we welcome back Wade Fernandez, one of this year’s recipients of the President’s Community Engagement Awards. With Menominee Indian Reservation roots, Wade Fernandez (Walks With The Black Wolf) is a “deeply authentic” multi-award-winning international touring artist from the Menominee Nation. Both his music and his message are firmly grounded in his Menominee Reservation roots and love for the land, animals and people. His passion to educate, share music and culture, and honor Grandmother Earth is reflected in his international presentations and work in schools and workshops, with the elderly, the mentally disabled, elders and youth.
Wade is committed to social justice, environmental justice, community health and promoting the benefits of music and education. During the recent pandemic, Wade was instrumental in delivering COVID-19 messaging and care to underserved communities through film, music and livestreaming while also delivering basic needs on the ground with the Creative Health Collective. This group of community health workers was supported through the AHW-funded STOP COVID-19 project, which focused on community-generated, equitable response strategies to COVID-19, and which was facilitated by Dr. Zeno Franco, MCW, and the City and County of Milwaukee.
About this series
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is very pleased to announce a new series, Community Engagement Spotlight. This monthly virtual series will feature community partners and the important work they are doing for and with the community. We will highlight their goals, motivations and accomplishments and the ways they have partnered with people and programs at MCW. Audience members will hear stories of resilience and inspiration from those who work on the ground – often silently – to make a positive impact on the health and lives of people in our community. In addition, each session will include time for audience members to engage directly with these amazing individuals during an interactive segment.