Ruthanne Chun

Ruthanne Chun receives 2021 LaMarr Billups Community-University Engagement Award

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In the Community

UW South Madison Partnership

Located in The Village on Park, 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.

UWSMP recently completed an expansion that supports current and future growth with additional offices, classrooms and gathering space to welcome more community members, researchers and students. Learn how to reserve a room at UWSMP.

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Goals and Responsibilities

  • Maintain relationships with the City of Madison, Dane County, Madison Common Council, Dane County Board, Madison Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and the various subcommittees that meet about topics relating to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Represent the Office of the Chancellor as an ex-officio member of community organizations that value the input and participation of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Build and enrich relationships with community organizations, nonprofits, school districts, neighborhood associations, various cultural groups, and partnerships, including the South Madison Partnership, to ensure that the University of Wisconsin–Madison continues to be a good neighbor.
  • Collaborate with University of Wisconsin–Madison campus partners that are working to develop community outreach strategies or seeking to enhance existing community partnerships.

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Civic Action Plan

W banners hang from the columns of Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during winter on Dec. 9, 2016. In the foreground, at left, is the Abraham Lincoln statue.

UW-Madison’s Civic Action Plan was developed to identify ways to better support higher education, eliminate barriers to attending, and encourage new and inventive ways to conduct civic action and community engagement.

UW’s plan lays out the goals that have the most promise for cultivating and supporting a culture of engagement on our campus. It provides recommendations to prepare students for contributions to the public good, and solutions to to collectively address significant public problems.

Learn more about UW-Madison’s Civic Action Plan.