James Mahoney - Morgridge Center

For Graduate Students

The Morgridge Center for Public Service seeks to broadly support Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There are multiple ways for graduate students to engage with the Morgridge Center and get support for their community-engaged research or teaching.  We’ll connect you with the community and provide you with classes and resources to help your Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES) flourish. For up to date information on all our events, offerings, and news, subscribe to our Engaged Scholars newsletter.

Funding Opportunities  Certificate in CES  Counseling Psychology 601  Community Engagement

CE Comittments Community-based Learning Resource Guide

Certificate in Community-Engaged Scholarship

The graduate certificate/doctoral minor in Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES), hosted by Civil Society and Community Studies with support from the Morgridge Center, is a 9-12 credit program to train graduate students in CES, defined as teaching or research done in collaboration with community organizations or community partners in equitable, mutually beneficial, respectful relationships.

Through this program, students will feel confident to teach Community-based Learning courses, conduct community-based research, and/or lead community engagement initiatives. There are a variety of course offerings designed to meet your needs. Learn more.

Additional Campus Resources

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Badger Volunteers

Badger Volunteers is a semester-long program that pairs teams of students with community organizations (schools, nonprofits, municipalities) to volunteer 1-4 hours each week at the same organization. Any UW–Madison student can sign up for the program in the first week of each semester.

Committee Membership

Developing your thesis or dissertation committee is an important task for any graduate student. This is especially true for graduate students doing community-engaged work, as other committee members may be unfamiliar with community-based approaches. Dr. Haley Madden has served on committees for master’s and doctoral students doing community-engaged scholarship for their degrees. If you would like to talk with Haley about developing your committee or the possibility of her serving on your committee, please reach out to her.

POWER Collective

The P.O.W.E.R. Collective (People Of Wisdom Eternally Revolutionizing) works to produce, support, and disseminate community action projects and critical scholarship. The P.O.W.E.R. Collective is led by Black and nonblack students, community members and professionals of color at UW–Madison and throughout the state of Wisconsin.


At WISCIENCE, the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement, we build and support communities of STEM learners, leaders, and practitioners. We deliver courses and programs in STEM disciplines that develop knowledge and skills for success in STEM; build STEM identities and confidence; provide professional development and engagement opportunities in teaching, community engagement, leadership, and research in STEM.


The Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS) experience is a unique and exciting way to get valuable, actionable, candid feedback on how to make materials clearer, more engaging, more inclusive, and easier to read. CARDS meetings are centered in principles of equity, inclusion, and reciprocity. They strive to facilitate dynamic and impactful interactions between CARDS and the research teams.

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Catalysts for Science Policy

CPO Staff Network

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.

Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS) is a hub for collaboration and exchange among faculty, students, and community partners. The CommNS fosters work and learning partnerships that advance the well-being of communities, as well as the civic and nonprofit sectors.

UniverCity Alliance

UniverCity Alliance’s mission is to improve the quality and visibility of UW-Madison’s education, research, and service contribution to the high-road development of local communities that reflects the values of equity, democracy, and sustainability.

UW South Madison Partnership

The UW South Madison Partnership (UWSMP) is a UW–Madison initiative designed to meet the South Madison community’s needs and foster mutually beneficial relationships. Located in The Village on Park, the space recently underwent an expansion and encourages engagement between community members and UW–Madison in accessible and meaningful ways.


Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship Haley Madden
Community-Engaged Scholarship Specialist Cory Sprinkel


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