Leadership In the New Economy: Badgers In Action

A poster advertizing the LINE 2020 virtual event. Details below.Presented  as part of the 2020 Multicultural Homecoming, this year’s Leadership in the New Economy (LINE) event, BADGERS IN ACTION,  focused on voter education with an emphasis on people of color.

The virtual event focused on the election year and American democracy with a discussion between alumni and students with the purpose of helping students understand the “how” and “why” people of color should engage in the political process.

Featuring a panel including Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, spouse of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, and alumni who are well informed of the Black Lives Matter movement and racial injustice, the conversation addressed the roles and purpose of elected officials, ways participants may focus energy and resources to drive change with an emphasis on voting.

Watch “Vote Like Our Lives Depend On It,”  a message for Badgers from Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

Following Rockeymoore Cummings’ remarks, the following panel led a discussion:

Badgers in Action Panelists


Dr. Benjamin Marquez MA’76, PhD’83
Professor| American Politics
Department of Political Science
Chican@/Latin@ Studies Program at UW Madison



Emilio De Torre
Executive Director
Milwaukee Turners Inc.




Diem Van Groth ‘94
Head of Creative and Brands for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Badgers in Action Panelists



Judge Kristy Yang



Judge Kashoua Kristy Yang ‘09
Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Badgers in Action Panelists


Fitchburg Alderman Joe Maldonadoo


Alderman Joe Maldonado ’05, MA’08
City of Fitchburg
Badgers in Action Panelists