Lindsey Borleske, Intern

Lindsey Borleske, Student Intern

Lindsey Borleske, Student Intern

How are you involved in the Fellowship?

I hold a student help position within the Fellowship. I work with Stephanie, Lesley, Marion, and Shor and assist with whatever tasks they need completed in the office ranging from preparing materials for Site Visits to organizing notes, etc.

What's your educational background?

I am currently a sophomore here at University of Wisconsin-Madison. My major is International Studies and I am also pursuing a certificate in Middle East Studies.

What are your long-term plans, in terms of your career?

I think human connection is key to making a difference. I would love to live abroad for some time after graduation to live and learn about different cultures. The area I am most interested in policy between the United States and the Middle East. Career wise I want to discover methods through which the United States and Middle Eastern governments can implement better policies to alleviate tension and human rights violations in that region of the world and teach how gaining appreciation for other cultures can lead to more effective policy making.

What are your favorite things about living in Madison?

Being raised in Madison, I've gotten to experience much that this city has to offer. My favorite thing about Madison is going to the Memorial Union on a summer evening with friends and dancing to the many different bands they have performing during the summer season. I also love the fact that Madison has many parks and paths throughout the city so that you can stay active outside all seasons of the year.

What do you like to do for fun?

In my free time I am a choreographer for the Madison Metropolitan School District for Madison East High School's Show Choir. I love being able to dance and share that passion with younger students at my Alma Mater. I love traveling, working out and spending time with my family here in town. 

Tribal Health Meeting September 2012

Geof Swain, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Milwaukee Health Department, as well as Preceptor for Fellows placed in Milwaukee, explains his drawing during an introductory activity in Keshena, Wisconsin

Geof Swain, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Milwaukee Health Department, as well as Preceptor for Fellows placed in Milwaukee, explains his drawing during an introductory activity in Keshena, Wisconsin

September's (2012) two-day monthly meeting on Tribal Health was held in Keshena, WI.  This meeting kicked off with an introduction activity, in which fellows and fellowship staff were asked to draw/write three things that represented their culture.  

David Grignon, Director of Historic Preservation for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, gave an overview of the termination and restoration of the Menominee Tribe.  Later, we heard from Jerry Waukau, Health Administrator of the Menominee Tribal Clinic, and Wendall Waukau, Superintendent of Schools for the Menominee Indian School District.  Jerry and Wendell gave an inspiring talk about community engagement and discussed how they raised their high school graduation rate from around fifty percent up to ninety-five percent.

Fellows and fellowship staff spend time sharing stories and roasting marshmallows over a campfire

Fellows and fellowship staff spend time sharing stories and roasting marshmallows over a campfire

Later that evening, fellows and fellowship staff spent time bonding over a campfire and making smores.  One of our fellows, Erica LeCounte, even ate her very first smore.

First Year Fellow, Erica LeCounte eating her very first smore

First Year Fellow, Erica LeCounte eating her very first smore

Day two began with Kristen Audet, second year fellow, who gave an awesome CALs presentation on the emergency response to the heat wave that occurred this past summer.  Then, Kristin Hill, Director of the Great Lakes Intertribal Epidemiology Center, gave the Fellows an overview of Indian Health Services.

Isaiah Brokenleg shares some of the culture and history of the Menominee tribe with the fellows

Isaiah Brokenleg shares some of the culture and history of the Menominee tribe with the fellows

This was followed by Isaiah Brokenleg, Epidemiologist and Program Director with the Great Lakes Intertribal Epidemiology Center, who instructed the fellows on "Indian 101" which discussed the history and culture of the Menominee Tribe.  Lastly, the fellows participated in an activity which served as a lesson on the privilege that many people are unaware that they have, but that continually affects their everyday lives. 

One last group shot

One last group shot