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Programs and Events

Community Partnerships & Outreach Staff Network

Community Partnerships & Outreach (CPO) 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.

To create a horizontal structure across campus units for engagement professionals to:

  • Share information and resources
  • Disseminate best practices
  • Collaborate
  • Participate in targeted professional development opportunities
  • Implement quality initiatives
  • Improve outcomes for community partners
  • Increase access and reduce entry-point confusion for community partners.

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

Click here to request to join the Google Group and stay updated with email updates and resources.

Community-Engaged Scholarship Events

Learn more about community-based learning and share your own experiences with fellow faculty and instructional staff. The Morgridge Center for Public Services offers a number of opportunities for those participating in or interested in CBL to come together.

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Bagels and Research

Held the first Thursday of each month, Bagels and Research presentations highlight community-based research on the UW campus. Presenters included graduate students, faculty/staff and community partners.Accordion CES program B&R

Engaged Scholarship Roundtable

Engaged Scholarship Roundtable series features local and national speakers addressing community-based learning initiatives and best practices. Past discussions have featured topics including how to obtain tenure through community-based research and how to build community relationships.

Engaged Scholar Community of Practice

This new community of practice (CoP) was established to give those faculty, staff, and students interested in community-engaged scholarship a space to network, share ideas, collaborate, troubleshoot, and learn more about equitable community-engaged research and teaching.

If you are interested in joining this group, please send an email to Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship Haley Madden (hmadden@wisc.edu). This CoP typically meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 11-12:30pm at the Morgridge Center. All faculty, staff, and students who are interested in engaged scholarship are welcome to attend.