Community Relations

PEOPLE program girls working on video games

“Listening is critical to inform how we can engage, respond and generate a positive impact.”

Leslie Orrantia
Director of Community Relations, University of Wisconsin–Madison


311 startup companies fostered by UW research


$847.5M in state and local tax revenue generated by UW and affiliates


86 Dane County agencies served by Badger Volunteers

At work in the community

Goals and Responsibilities of the Office of Community Relations

Maintain relationships with the City of Madison, Dane County, the Madison Common Council, the Dane County Board, Madison Police Department, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s office and the various subcommittees that meet and often concern the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Build and enrich relationships with community organizations, non-profits, school districts, neighborhood associations, various cultural groups, and partnerships, including the South Madison Partnership, to ensure that UW-Madison continues to be a good neighbor.

Represent the Chancellor’s Office as an ex-officio member of community organizations that value the input and participation of UW–Madison.

Collaborate and partner with campus, working to develop community outreach strategies or that are seeking ways to support existing community partnerships.