History of WiGROW
The WiGROW program was started by the Student Employment Initiative, a committee formed through the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Strategic Plan for 2009 – 2014. It was implemented in VCFA units through the 2017- 2018 school year.
In the fall of 2017, the Office of Student Financial Aid joined the WiGROW initiative as an advisor, becoming a co-administrator alongside OHR and beginning to implement the program for the 2018-2019 school year. Units transitioning from the VCFA to the newly formed division of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs have continued implementing the program in the 2018 – 2019 school year.
The GROW model was adapted from the University of Iowa’s Iowa GROW program with the goal to make student employment on campus a high-impact practice through intentional interaction and reflection.
Who Participates in WiGROW?
Student-employees are highly skilled, creative, and energetic, applying their know-how in a variety of roles across campus. Students contribute to the daily operation of the University in critical ways through jobs in office administration, technology support, programming and academics, food service, facility and operational support, and more.
Supervisors of student-employees, sometimes being students themselves, engage in the educational mission of the university by teaching and mentoring these students through on-campus employment.
Students and supervisors of students working in the following campus units participate in WiGROW:
- Administrative Information Management Services
- Business Services
- Facilities, Planning & Management
- Human Resources
- The Office of Student Financial Aid
- Recreation Sports
- University Health Services
- University Housing
- The Wisconsin Union
Leadership and Oversight
WiGROW is led by a steering committee of representatives from each unit listed above. It is supported administratively by the Office of Learning and Talent Development in Human Resources and The Office of Student Financial Aid.
Mark Guthier, President of the Wisconsin Union, and Jeff Novak, Director of University Housing, act as program sponsors.
Graduate assistants for the 2018 – 2019 year are Brenda Salvo (Office of Learning and Talent Development, OHR) and Emily Moss (Office of Student Financial Aid).