University of Wisconsin–Madison
High school students work with PEOPLE mentors to program video games
Bucky Badger poses with community members at the South Madison International Community Night
Bucky Badger poses with families at the South Madison International Community Night

“I feel strongly that this institution and the community share the same goals and deeply believe in the power of this university to help make change.”

Leslie Orrantia, Director of Community Relations

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.