The FIXED Storytelling Project began in Fall 2019 and is a collaborative effort to localize the growing addiction crisis in America. The project involves students from three classes at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a design class at Moraine Park Technical College and a team of dedicated volunteers. The result of this year-long collaboration includes this website and a book with the goal of raising awareness and compelling positive action.
We partnered with Breakwater, formerly the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition, an agency working to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol use through education, advocacy, and collaboration. Our hope is to provide a voice to those who have been affected by addiction and to encourage the community to take action to help stop this epidemic.
The FIXED Storytelling Team
UWO Journalism 429- Special Topics in Writing and Reporting
Students from the Fall 2019 Journalism Special Topics in Writing/Editing – Feature Writing class. From left to right front row:: instructor Grace Lim, students Gabrielle Fischer, Natalie Dillon, Kaitlyn Scoville, Bethanie Gengler (student editor), Julia Beck; (back row) Jelissa Burns, Megan Behnke, Joe Schultz, Jack Tierney, Neal Hogden, Leo Costello and Christina Basken.
FIXED Project Designer
Shawn McAfee’s Spring 2020 Typography class at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis., was tasked with laying out the Humans of Oshkosh – FIXED Storytelling Project book. Shawn, whose students have worked on past Humans of Oshkosh projects, is an alumna and longtime former employee of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
FIXED Project Photographer
Michael Cooney is a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus and photography educator. Although retired, Michael volunteers tirelessly for many nonprofit agencies helping the homeless, those with food insecurities and victims of domestic abuse. He has volunteered his time and extraordinary talent for past Humans of Oshkosh projects including the Humans of Oshkosh Working, Beyond First Impressions and served as the principal photographer for the Humans of Oshkosh, “Thank You for Your Service” Veterans Storytelling Project.
FIXED Web Team
(left to right) UW Oshkosh journalism students Mindy Wolfe, Gabrielle Fischer and Amanda Prusak designed the FIXED website as part of their coursework in Journalism-440 Application of New & Emerging Media.
HOO and FIXED Project intern
Hannah Johnson is a junior in the Human Services Leadership program here at UWO. She has been working with Humans of Oshkosh since fall 2018, first as a student and then as a STEP (Student Titan Employment Program) intern. She has helped with many aspects of Humans of Oshkosh and the FIXED projects, including editing, producing video scripts and event planning.