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Our MissionWe connect campus & community

through service, service-learning & community-based research

to build a thriving democratic societyWere in the one that looks like a castle.

Where To Find Us


The Red Gym is located right next to the Memorial Union. Perhaps youve heard of or visited the Terrace, we are in the large red brick building right next that space. The Red Gym is definitely worth checking out. Also located in our building are offices for study abroad, the Center for Leadership and Involvement, the Multicultural Student Center, the LGBT Campus Center, International Student Services, and 3Lussier Community Education CenterBuilding CommunityCreating OpportunityEnriching Education

The Lussier Community Education Center is an innovative, intergenerational, green-built community education center open to the public on the west side of Madison. The center is a place for anyone to come share their gifts and a focal point for community engagement, offering a variety of free educational, social, recreational, and civic programs. Programs include after school and summer camp programs for youth, a food pantry, employment programs, senior meal programs, and more.4

Campus & CommunityCity Population: 243,344UW Student Enrollment: 43,193

City Square Miles: 84Campus Square Miles: 3What were going to coverRecruiting student volunteers & internsBadger Volunteers programService-learning coursesFellowshipsConnecting with facultyWhere to startMake note here that for just about each of these topics, we will present an example of how Lussier has partnered with us in that instance. 6Recruiting Volunteers

Volunteeryourtime.orgInfo Session reserving room in the Morgridge CenterMarketing Morgridge Mail and social mediaPublic Service Fairs7Badger Volunteers780 students serve weekly at one of 80+ community partner sites, on one of 141 teams focused on education, public health or sustainability for a whole semester

3,500 students majoring in things like business, anthropology, education, biology, art and moredo 25 hours of service in one of UW-Madisons70+ for-credit service learning courses

Many students take service learning courses that relate to their major. It is easy to fit a service learning class into a schedule, just like any other class. It is a good opportunity for students to real-world experience. For those students who may not find time to participate in something like Badger Volunteers, service-learning courses enable them to get an experience working with the community while gaining course credit!

A recent UW-Madison survey found that over 91% of Service Learning students got more out of their Service Learning course than a traditional course.

One excellent service learning course being offered next fall is Political Science 201, Citizenship, Democracy, and Difference. This course is part of a First-year Interest Group (FIG) coupled with a nineteenth century American history course and an interdisciplinary course in Human Ecology called Leadership and Civic Engagement for Social Change. This FIG focuses on racial and social justice, particularly the racial disparities in Dane County, with the hope that this experience will be the start of a robust interest in civic engagement during the students time at UW-Madison.


At some point, we all stumble upon the greatness of giving back to someone. Whether it happens early in our lives or later.-Wisconsin Idea Fellow

WIF: Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate student projects working to solve issues identified by local or global communities. Fellowships are awarded to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student (or group of students) in collaboration with a community organization and a UW-Madison faculty or academic staff member. To receive a WIF the student must be a Sophomore or higher in standing.Projects can receive up to $7,000 in total funding and students receive 3 academic credits. Student recipients are also invited to present their work at the Undergraduate Symposium in the spring semester.On average, 5 - 10 fellowships are awarded every year. One special fellowship is awarded each year to a project focused on social entrepreneurship.

The WIF program acts as an introduction to community-based research, an important part of the Morgridge Center for Public Service mission. Community-based research can take a variety of different forms, but it generally means that the community is an important part of the research process, often helping to identify the problem or research question and working alongside researchers to develop solutions. Community-based research truly embodies the Wisconsin Idea by sharing the resources of the university with the surrounding communities.


WOECF: The Wisconsin Open Education Fellowship offers in-state UW-Madison undergraduates an opportunity to address issues related to one of the UW-Madison Massive Online Courses (MOOC)offered each semester and improve the quality of life of fellow Wisconsin residents. Working with a faculty mentor and a community organization in an area of Wisconsin they have a personal connection to, fellows develop and implement a service project using what they have learned on campus to address a local issue. The program is currently open to in-state UW students, including freshmen.WOECF fellows receive up to $6,000 in total funding including a $3,000 student stipend . The fellows also have the option to continue their work for course credit in the subsequent fall semester. Fellows are also invited to present their work at the campuswide Undergraduate Symposium in the spring.This year we have 4 inaugural WOECF fellows whose projects are currently taking place around the state working on a farmers market, original literary journal, summer camp conservation instruction, and promoting a new park. For these fellows, the WOECF is more than a source of funding, it is a chance to further develop skills they learned on campus, explore new interests, consider future employment opportunities, and improve their community.

Both WIF and WOECF are great examples of the Wisconsin Idea in action. The Wisconsin Idea is the belief that the education and research at UW-Madison should be used to benefit communities beyond our campus borders. Our knowledge and expertise should be used to serve the state, the country and the world.11WI Idea Exchange Database

Connecting with faculty learn whos doing what in your neighborhood. Beth please highlight community-based research.

Note this is new and we are relying on our partners on and off campus to help populate it!

12How will you partner?In what ways are you already partnering with UW-Madison? How could those partnership be enriched?

Where do you see potential for new partnerships with UW-Madison?

What challenges might you run into?



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