Prof. Auerbach recognized as leader in social justice

The Student Personnel Association of Madison has selected Prof. Emily Auerbach, director of UW Continuing Studies’ Odyssey Project, as the recipient of its Leadership in Social Justice Award.

The award, offered by student personnel from Edgewood and Madison Colleges as well as UW-Madison, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership and courage while initiating, creating, and supporting a more socially-just learning and/or work environment for students and staff.

Auerbach noted, “This award is so unexpected. I, of course, will contribute the total amount to The Odyssey Project.” The $500 award is made possible by the Division of Student Life at UW-Madison.

The Continuing Studies English professor was honored for her work in establishing, administering and teaching the free six-credit humanities course for disadvantaged adults who live at the poverty level. More than 250 adults have completed the program, now celebrating its tenth year.

Auerbach explained that two-thirds of Odyssey graduates continue college studies; 16 have completed degrees and four have been accepted to graduate school. This year’s graduation is scheduled for May 8, 6:30-8 pm, in Great Hall, at the Memorial Union.

Check out the Odyssey Project’s website to learn more.