Vaccination clinic and Spring Break
Vaccination clinic and Spring Break

Chancellor's Report: Conversation With UWM Students About Their College Experience During A Pandemic

On the latest Chancellor’s Report we’ll look at COVID-19’s impact on UWM from a student’s perspective. What is it like to start academic learning during a pandemic? What are some of the life lessons that you will carry with you from this experience?

We can all use a break, without losing momentum

Spring Break is quickly approaching, March 21-28, and is an important part of the academic year. This year has been hard and full of loss — and and we encourage you to check in with your student. 
This safe spring break checklist was shared with students earlier this week:
  1. Vaccines are great! We still need wear masks and practice social distancing to protect those who aren’t vaccinated yet.
  2. Have fun and be safe. Milwaukee has a ton of museums, parks, and rec facilities with safe practices. Look forward to more outdoor activities as the weather improves. Check with UWM Outdoor Pursuits for activities and ideas!
  3. Avoid travel. If you do travel, be safe. Many areas of the United States and other countries are experiencing COVID-19 variations. Many variants have increased infection rates and some are demonstrating vaccine resistance. If you travel, wear a mask and socially distance from others to the extent possible. 
  4. Follow the Panther Health and Safety guidelines, state and local rules and laws.
  5. Get tested before you leave and when you return, even if you’re just returning to your hometown.
  6. Get some rest, drink enough water, exercise and find time to relax. Spring break is a great time to reset. 
The Dean of Students Office is available to provide additonal support to students.

UWM's COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Open

UWM encourages all students to get vaccinated when they are eligible. The following groups will become eligible for vaccination on Monday, March 22, and can make appointments now for that week: Anyone age 16 and older with certain medical conditions that have a greater risk of severe infection from COVID-19. Anyone age 18 or older who lives in the 10 Milwaukee County ZIP codes ranked highest on the CDC’s social vulnerability index: 53204, 53206, 53205, 53209, 53215, 53216, 53218, 53223, 53224 and 53233.

Spring 2021 Commencement speaker selected

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is excited to celebrate and congratulate the Class of 2021 with a virtual commencement on May 16, 2021. The ceremony will include a keynote address by UWM alum Darian Dixon, a spacecraft operations engineer for the Mars Perseverance rover, as well as remarks by UWM Chancellor Mark A. Mone.

McNair Program seeking applicants

Encourage your student to apply for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Applications will be accepted until all slots are full until the end of the semester. Students must be a first generation college student and low-income and/or member of underrepresented minority group.

Key resources offered:

  • $4,000 summer research stipend
  • COVID Relief Support (technology and meal supply)
  • Graduate Application Waiver
  • GRE Prep and test fee coverage
  • Graduate and Funding Application support

Bringing in the Bystander Sexual Violence Prevention

UWM Health Promotion and Wellness is providing opportunities for students to engage in interactive sessions that highlight the importance of Bystander Intervention (April 1st) and Healthy Relationships (April 15th) during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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Multi-factor Authentication implemented for student security

As of March 14, 2021, all UWM students are required to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) when logging into PAWS. Multi-factor authentication has been fully enabled for faculty and staff across all platforms and this expansion will further protect the private data of UWM students. 
Students that are currently enrolled at UWM will be able to sign-up for MFA when they log into Office 365 or PAWS. For more details on how to enroll, sign in, and manage your devices, please review instructions.

Any student who feels they do not have the technology to successfully enroll should call the UWM Help Desk at 414-229-4040 or visit View the video below to see how the enrollment process works.
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