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Association of Community-Engaged Scholars

The Association of Community-Engaged Scholars (ACES), a student-led organization, supports the community-engaged research and teaching efforts of UW–Madison graduate students from any department. ACES strives to be a central meeting point and resource hub for graduate students professionally active in their communities, no matter their prior experience with community-engaged work.

Among other things, we provide professional development opportunities, online resources, project feedback, and networking events. A growing network, ACES is organized and driven by its graduate student members.

Every university resides in a community. Whether a small town or large city, universities are surrounded by homes, businesses, schools, community centers, theaters–people’s lives. Collaborating with citizens in these spaces to help improve them has historically been one of the primary purposes of higher education in the United States, yet is one we often overlook today.

Community-engaged Scholarship (CES) helps bridge this gap by fostering sustainable partnerships between university faculty, staff, and students with local citizens and organizations to address real community concerns. CES can be primarily a research (Community-based Research or CBR) or educational (Community-based Learning or CBL) tool, but is always a way to bring university resources and local, lived expertise together to create powerfully practical responses to real needs.

Social gatherings: ACES hosts regular social meetups on and off campus for the AGES community. Often featuring ice cream at the Terrace, these meetups are a great way to connect with graduate students across campus, learn about opportunities and events, and build community with other engaged scholars. 

Podcast club: ACES hosted a podcast club to learn about and discuss community-engaged themes and organizations beyond UW campus. Podcasts discussed include: The Black Panthers and Public Health (by Sawbones), detailing how the Black Panthers advocated for medical research and created public health programs that sought to make life better for all black and oppressed people; and The Power of Experience with Caroline Gottschalk Druschke (Human Powered), a Wisconsin humanities podcast exploring the impacts of the 2018 flood on rural communities. 

Disciplinary Mapping Workshop, Spring 2022: This workshop brought together graduate students from across campus to work through boundaries, resources, and opportunities for community-engaged scholarship across campus. 

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Association of Community Engaged Scholars (ACES) Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 30 from noon–1pm virtual via Zoom

We’re diving back into ACES with an upcoming virtual meeting next for our first virtual meeting of the year (I’ll send a calendar invite as well).

This meeting will start with some general check-ins and community building, and then focus on the skill of writing reflexivity. We’ll be joined by Erika Gonzalez, PhD Candidate with the School of Human Ecology and Coordinator of Multicultural and Social Justice Initiatives with the Writing Center. Erika will lead us in discussion and activity around incorporating reflexivity into our CES writing.

Whether you’ve come to all of the meetings so far or none at all, we’d love to see you there! If you have any feedback on how we can make ACES more relevant and meaningful, please let us know.

The Morgridge Center is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact any of the Graduate Liaisons or Cory Sprinkel ( to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship Haley Madden:

Graduate Academic Liaison Vignesh Ramachandran:

Graduate Academic Liaison Jules Reynolds: