Resilient Voices

“Our lives changed because our understanding changed.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Keena Atkinson is an alumna of Odyssey. They say whenever you …

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Keena Atkinson | Madison, WI

“I won’t give up until my goals are met. That’s my future.”

I’m from Mexico, from the state of Morelos. I came to Plover when I was 21. All of my family who lives here told me Wisconsin is the best state to live, a place where family is a priority, where nature can be loved. Photo courtesy of Lili Vera They were not wrong, Wisconsin is …

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Lili Vera | Plover, WI

“I was going to do whatever it took to stay sober.”

I was born and raised here in Wisconsin, a Dodge County native—actually Beaver Dam. My parents had three girls: me, my sister, Nicolle, who’s nine years older than me, and my sister Natalie, who’s five years older than me. Photos by Kara Counard Content warning: This story contains references to substance abuse and suicidal thoughts. …

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Nadine Machkovech | Appleton, WI

“Once you figure out who you are and what is special about you, that stays with you.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Emily Auerbach is the co-founder of Odyssey. Emily: My mother was …

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Emily and Bob Auerbach | Madison, WI

“I really love what I do.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Albert Watson is an alumnus of Odyssey. I’m originally from Kankakee, …

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Albert Watson | Madison, WI

“I just want to keep going and keep learning.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Farren is an alumnus of  Odyssey.  I originally left school to …

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Farren McDonald | Madison, WI

“No matter how big the obstacles are in front of you—success is possible.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Marisol Gonzalez is an alumna of Odyssey.  Several years ago, my …

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Marisol Gonzalez | Wisconsin, WI