Community Partnerships & Outreach Staff Network members share a vision of the Wisconsin Idea that recognizes community members as full partners, essential to the engaged, collaborative work that transforms our communities and institutions for the public good.
The Community Partnerships and Outreach (CPO) Staff Network was established in 2008 as a community of practice of University of Wisconsin–Madison staff members who span the boundaries between campus and community. Staff members are the “brand representatives” of the Wisconsin Idea.
CPO Staff Network professionals facilitate projects, programs, services and relationships with community partners that are sustained, mutually beneficial, equitable and respectful of the knowledge, values, priorities, resources and needs of all partners.
Get involved: Join the Google Group for the CPO Staff Network to stay updated with email updates and resources by clicking here.
The purpose of the CPO Staff Network is to create a horizontal structure across campus units for engagement professionals to:
- Share information and resources
- Disseminate best practices
- Participate in targeted professional development opportunities
- Implement quality initiatives
- Improve outcomes for community partners
- Increase access and reduce entry-point confusion for community partners.
The goals of the CPO Staff Network are to ensure vertical alignment in the implementation of the Wisconsin Idea to:
- Increase UW–Madison’s capacity to respond to community priorities
- Support structures and policies that sustain quality community engagement
- Engage boundary spanners at all levels in leadership, planning and decision making
DEI & Community Engagement
Thursday, December 14
Join the Community Partnership and Outreach staff for our December event (taking place on campus study day) which will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of community engagement. This interactive session will be facilitated by Morgridge Center staff, José Luis Ramirez and Cory Sprinkel. We’ll be discussing this topic through multiple frames, but want to acknowledge the current climate towards DEI in WI politics.
Marian Farrior, Restoration Work Party Manager, UW–Madison Arboretum / firstname.lastname@example.org
Keri Robbins, Event Manager in the Division of Extension, UW–Madison / email@example.com
Cory Sprinkel, Community-Engaged Scholarship Specialist, Morgridge Center for Public Service / firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Weindling, Public Humanities Coordinator, Center for the Humanities / email@example.com
Anna Courtier-Bishop, Director of Community-based Learning, WISCIENCE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Katrina Phelps, Community Liaison, WINRS / email@example.com
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Archived CPO Resources
For information about past meetings and CPO Staff Network activities, access the CPO Staff Network Resources Folder here.
Communities of Practice
Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice; Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder
Using Emergence to Take Social Innovations to Scale; Meg Wheatley & Deborah Frieze
Linking Colleges to Communities: Engaging the University for community Development; the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland
Building a Two‑Way Street: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Engagement at Research Universities; Lorilee R. Sandmann & David J. Weerts
Reshaping Institutional Boundaries to Accommodate an Engagement Agenda; Lorilee R. Sandmann & David J. Weerts
Are We Making a Difference? Evaluating Community Based Programs: Presented by Christine Maidl Pribbenow, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 8/2009.
A Practitioner’s Guide to Developmental Evaluation
Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use by Michael Quinn Patton