Panelists Address Disability Assistance in Milwaukee

On April 11, panelists visited sophomores at University School of Milwaukee to discuss how they assist people with disabilities in the Milwaukee area. The speakers were John Hackett, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Balance Inc.; Linda Skibicki, director of day services and summer recreation at Balance Inc.; and Nancy Pickett, director, L.I.F.E. service at Milwaukee Center for Independence. They were joined by Matthew Lepine ’18, founder of Top Soccer and Meg Stewart ’19, volunteer at Balance Inc.

The panelists discussed how they are passionate about their organizations’ missions, and how their work with Milwaukee’s disabled population adds value and joy to their lives. They encouraged audience members to ask questions and provided information for how to get more involved.

The panelists were invited by Liz Jackson, Upper School dean of students, and Renee Weber, Upper School French teacher and sophomore class dean, as part of the Community Engagement and Community Service Program. The program’s goal is to educate sophomores on various segments issues that affect the Milwaukee community and ways USM students could get involved to help. Students have been introduced to the topics of homelessness/housing insecurity, food insecurity/hunger, and educational inequality, among others.
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