#DearUWMadison: Connecting Our Campus Through Stories

Dear World is an interactive, award-winning campaign started in 2009 that asks individuals to share one meaningful message with their audience through portraits and videos. Their team has shed light on the thousands of stories, from refugees, to corporations, to college students, all through their iconic style of writing the message on a person’s body.

This event will serve as “a powerful way to mark a new chapter in students’ lives. [Dear World helps] incoming students connect to one another and kick-start the year by celebrating and welcoming conversations around diversity, vulnerability, and acceptance and use storytelling as a transformative vehicle to unite the campus community.”

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The event will extend throughout the day on Tuesday, September 20. The photoshoot, where students will write a message and have their portraits taken, will be held in Gordon Dining and Events Center from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The evening keynote and photo release will go from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. in Shannon Hall in Memorial Union. At this closing event, the portraits will be presented to the community as Dear World staff address the crowd.

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“Dear World provides a visual and physical space to share meaningful messages to our campus community. We have so many unique people who make up our community, and this fun, celebratory, and community building event provides a space to learn more about each other to connect on a human level. Often what we know about people is only on the surface level, and the Dear World Project allows people to share a meaningful and personal message,”

– Joshua Johnson, Special Assistant to the Vice Provost

Students can connect with the Dear World campaign by visiting their website, following them on Twitter, or using #DearUWMadison.

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Sponsors:
UW-Madison Division of Student Life
University Housing
The UW-Madison Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI)
International Student Services (ISS)
The UW-Madison Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE)
Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Society & Politics Committee
The Wisconsin Union
Morgridge Center for Public Service

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