Campus to host Elder-in-Residence Janice Rice Nov. 14-18 – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – UW-Madison


The Fall 2022 Elder-in-Residence for the Native American Studies Program will be Janice Rice, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. She will participate in community events, visit classrooms and engage directly with students during her residency.

The Elder-in-Residence program provides students with access to essential cultural resources, strengthens partnerships between tribal nations and the university, and enhances the campus experience for Indigenous students.

Event Details: Welcome Party for Janice Rice

The Native Student Center will host a feast on Sunday to welcome Elder-in-Residence Janice Rice to campus. Steamed dumplings, miso soup, other appetizers and green tea will be served.

  • Date: Sunday November 13
  • Time: 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Native Student Center, 215 N. Brooks St.


About Janice Rice

Janice Rice

Janice Rice is a peacemaker for the Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court, a Clan Mother for Ho-Chunk Nation Human Services, a past president of the American Indian Library Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center and the Little Eagle Arts Foundation.

Rice serves on the committee for the Ho-Chunk Curriculum for Indigenous Arts and Sciences, Earth Partnership Program Grant on Deepening STEM, Indigenized Teaching and Learning. She is an advisor for the Teejop Community History Project, designed to help teachers discover the presence of Hoocąk in the Teejop/Four Lakes/Madison area.

She was an instructor for the Tribal Libraries, Archives & Museums course, spring 2022, at UW-Madison Information School. She earned her Bachelor of Education with a concentration in Native American Studies from UW-Milwaukee and her Masters of Library Science from UW-Madison. In the spring of 2022, Rice received a certificate from the Ho-Chunk Nation Language Division for the First Listeners Program, a three-year language teaching program.

Recently, she was a Hoocąk language tutor for Madison East and West High Schools. During her career, she has worked to promote education, Indigenous history, librarianship, civil rights, intellectual freedom, environmental justice and cultural preservation. UW-Madison presented Janice Rice with the Outstanding Women of Color Award in 2008 and she received the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award the same year. Rice is active in historical research on Ho-Chunk, art and museum projects, native language revitalization, and contemporary Indigenous issues.


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