Menard Family Initiative at UWL seeks COVID-19 coping examples

10 innovative approaches to get $500 honorariums
Menard Family Initiative
Adam Hoffer, an associate economics professor at UWL who directs the Menard Family Initiative at works with economics student Kyle Vandeursen. (UWL photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Menard Family Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is soliciting submissions highlighting how local businesses and organizations are developing innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative, established last year with a $2.1 million gift from the Menard family, seeks detailed descriptions of measures put in place to rise to the challenge of the pandemic.

Rapid modifications have been made in medicine, education, service industries, the nonprofit sector and many other fields. The initiative hopes to identify innovations that not only have been effective in the short term but also may be transformative to other organizations in the future.

As many as 10 briefs — no more than two briefs from a single sector — will be accepted and published in a special COVID-19 series on the initative’s website. Authors of accepted submissions will receive $500 honorariums, along with the opportunity to help pitch Op-Eds to local media outlets.

The project intends to highlight leaders and innovators who took quick action when it was needed the most. Submissions should not include opinionated commentary on public policy. Rather, they should describe tangible efforts already put into practice.

Before writing a full draft, authors should submit a summary of their intended piece by filling out a Google form here.  Submissions should be written for a general audience, as if they were appearing in a newspaper.

The submission window will close after 10 briefs have been accepted, but there is no firm deadline. Those looking to submit should do so as soon as possible to ensure consideration of their briefs.

For more information, contact Adam Hoffer, an associate economics professor who also directs the Menard Family Initiative, at Questions also can be submitted through the Google form.

The Menard Family Midwest Initiative for Economic Engagement and Research supports scholarship, research projects and other hands-on learning opportunities in UWL’s College of Business Administration. More information is available at the initiative’s website.