The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects University of Wisconsin-Madison students, staff and faculty to local and global communities to build partnerships and solve critical issues through service and learning. The Morgridge Center was founded in 1996 with the generous support of alumni John and Tashia Morgridge. In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, we believe in building reciprocal relationships with our partners and strong citizens among our student population.
The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects campus and community through service, service learning and community-based research to build a thriving democratic society.
The Morgridge Center for Public Service will lead the University of Wisconsin-Madison in preparing students to be their best civic selves for lifelong civic engagement by building capacity, in partnership with the community, to address complex problems locally and globally.
Values and Operating Principles
Lifelong Civic Engagement: We believe in the importance of active civic engagement as a means of achieving social justice.
Community Based Learning: We believe in the high-impact practices of academic service learning and community based research as opportunities for students to achieve their full learning potential.
Mutually Respectful and Beneficial Partnerships: We believe in the value of respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships between the University of Wisconsin- Madison and communities. We believe that sincere and sustained listening is central to healthy partnerships.
Equity: We believe in the centrality of equity to a healthy democracy. We believe in the intrinsic value of diverse perspectives and commit ourselves to maintaining high standards of accessibility and inclusivity.
Responsible Stewardship: We believe in being honorable stewards of our resources.
Innovation: We believe that leading edge approaches are valuable and necessary to address complex societal problems.
The Wisconsin Idea: We believe that students, faculty, and staff should use the skills and talents cultivated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to improve the state of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.
Public Service: We believe that public service comes in many forms, and we encourage all who partner with us to discover how they can best contribute to democracy.