CBL Grants

Co-Create: Community-Based & Applied Research Lab
Amy Hilgendorf, Associate Director of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies

This new course, “Co-Create: Community-Based & Applied Research Lab,” in which upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Human Ecology programs can practice applied research, evaluation, and outreach skills in the service of community partners. This will be a course-based adaptation of our center’s Co-Create initiative, in which staff leverage the toolbox of community-based and applied research to answer nonprofit organizations’ practical questions. Co-Create projects have included program evaluations, needs assessments, research-informed program development, and stakeholder engagement efforts, among others. Students who work on our Co-Create teams regularly report on the value of these applied experiences to their skill development and their understanding of the challenges of the third sector and ways to address them. Through this course version, they will be able to extend this opportunity for hands-on learning to more students, especially students in the Community and Nonprofit Leadership BS and certificate programs and Human Ecology MS programs, who will apply these skills in their future work, and in the Civil Society & Community Research PhD and Community Engaged Scholarship PhD minor programs, in which future researchers will enhance their skills for community partnership. They also hear from many nonprofit organizations and community groups who have interest in Co-Create project partnerships but do not currently have funds for contracting with them in the current structure. Accordingly, this course can extend real world impact to more nonprofit organizations and community groups, especially to BIPOC-led, small, and/or newer organizations who may benefit most.

Mindfulness & Restorative Environments
Nathan Larson, Planning and Landscape Architecture

In this experiential learning course, students will explore the intersection of mindfulness practices and design of restorative environments that support well-being in public places—including school gardens and parks—with a focus on health equity and social justice. Students will co-design restorative environments through a participatory planning process with partners at two school communities in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and with members of the Mindfulness in MMSD team.

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  • Linn Posey Maddox, Educational Policy Studies, Issues in urban education
  • Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong and Sam Dennis, Jr., Planning and Landscape Architecture, Restoration-based education for equity and resilience in communities and schools
  • Bailey Smolarek and Matthew Wolfgram, Educational Policy Studies, Community-based approaches to education research
  • Julia Garrett and Brenna Swift, English, Food Justice
  • Cecelia Klingele, Law, Translating law for lay audiences


  • Claire Luby and Ben Futa, Horticulture, Gardens will save the world
  • Randy Stoecker, Community and Environmental Sociology, Community-academy collaboration for racial justice
  • Olufunmilola Abraham, Pharmacy, Community engagement in health services research
  • Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, English, Seminar in the major: Writing Rivers
  • Steve Ventura, Soil Science, The multifunctionality of agriculture
  • Carolina Sarmiento and the P.O.W.E.R. Collective, Civil Society and Community Studies, Knowledge, P.O.W.E.R. and liberation learning


  • Jessica LeClair, Planetary health and social justice
  • Mariela Quesada Centeno, Community-Based Course: Theory, Practice, and Ethics of working with the diverse Latino and Indigenous Community in Dane County
  • Mary Beth Collins, Nonprofit Board Leadership and Infrastructure and Operations for Community and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Patti Coffey, Prisoner reentry: Understanding the problem and providing solutions