Community Campus Connectors

The Community Campus Connectors (C3), are a group of UW-Madison units and programs which routinely connect with community partners and advance the UW-Madison Civic Action Plan.  Over a dozen campus entities which conduct community-engaged activities and collaborations participate in this group.

To learn more about this group or become involved, please email Haley Madden at

C3 Units and Programs

Learn more about the units involved and how to connect with them below:

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Bolz Center for Arts Administration

Bolz Center for Arts Administration stewards the 2 year full-time MBA Program and 1 year accelerated Master’s degree in Arts and Creative Enteprise Leadership. We partner with campus and local organizations through student applied learning, consulting, and board leadership projects. To connect with the Bolz Center, please reach out to Assistant Director Rebecca Buckman.

Cancer Health Disparities Initiative

The mission of the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative (CHDI) is to partner with communities,  UW and Carbone Cancer Center faculty to reduce inequities in cancer burden through research, outreach, education, and training.

Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS) is a hub for collaboration and exchange among faculty, students, and community partners. The CommNS fosters work and learning partnerships that advance the well-being of communities, as well as the civic and nonprofit sectors. Please visit our website to find out more.

You may also reach out with your questions about our work or potential collaborations to Executive Director Mary Beth Collins, Associate Director Amy Hilgendorf or Americorps VISTA Adrienne Theune.

Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities supports traditional and new forms of inquiry in the humanities and engages the public through partnerships that broaden the ways that knowledge circulates. To become a community partner for one of our public humanities grants, please contact assistant director of public humanities Aaron Fai at

Collaborative Center for Health Equity

The Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) is nested within the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). The work of CCHE is to promote social justice in health in Wisconsin and beyond through health equity research, culturally aware investigator training and mentorship, and collaboration with underserved groups. This includes the Building Trust training created to strengthen Wisconsin-based research teams’ capacity to effectively recruit and retain participants typically underrepresented in research, pilot funding opportunities for postdoctoral trainees and Assistant Professors via the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) program, and more. Contact CCHE at or request a consultation with our team here.

Department of Family Medicine & Community Health's Office of Community Health

The DFMCH Office of Community Health (OCH) aims to bring together the wisdom within our communities, our university, and our health systems to develop a sustainable infrastructure that will support the work of socially accountable healthcare initiatives focusing on advancing health equity. To connect with us, please email

Division of Extension

UW–Madison Division of Extension‘s mission is to connect people with the University of Wisconsin. We teach, learn, lead and serve, transforming lives and communities. UW-Madison Extension’s outreach creates key connection points for families, communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, government, and more. We support local volunteers and leaders to take action and serve as role models in their communities, and we make sure Wisconsinites have the latest research, best practices, and educational opportunities. Extension has a presence in every county in Wisconsin and works in partnership with First Nations.

HealthTIDE at the Center for Child and Family Well-Being

HealthTIDE at the Center for Child and Family Well-Being – To connect with us, please email Amy Korth at or Amy Meinen at

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) offers resources for academic investigators and research teams across campus seeking to translate research discoveries into real-life community practice and improve human health. The ICTR Community-Academic Partnerships (ICTR-CAP) program offers multiple resources to support community-engagement throughout the life-cycle of a research project (see stakeholder engagement resources), including statewide research networks linking researchers to communities (see practice-based research networks), education and training (see Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research plus online lectures related to community outcomes research), and designing with dissemination and implementation in mind (see ICTR Dissemination & Implementation Launchpad). ICTR also offers pilot grant funding opportunities to support community-based and health services research in support of an academic career. To learn more about ICTR-CAP resources, request a consultation here.

La Follette School of Public Affairs

La Follette School of Public Affairs teaches undergraduate and graduate students the skill for improving the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy. Our students regularly partner with public, private and nonprofit organizations to address real-world policy challenges.  To partner with our students, reach out to

Morgridge Center for Public Service

The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects campus and community through service, community-based learning, and community-based research. We partner with community organizations for direct service opportunities (such as the Badger Volunteers program) and connect community partners with faculty, staff, and students for many other research, teaching, and engagement opportunities. To connect with us, please reach out to Haley Madden at

Office of Community Relations & UW South Madison Partnership

UW–Madison Community Relations and the UW South Madison Partnership serve as central connectors between the university and community and work to facilitate collaborative events and partnership projects with local community partners. To connect with us, please email Assistant Director of the UW South Madison Partnership, Tanika Apaloo ( or Director of Community Relations, Brenda González (

Office of Student Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid provides equitable access to financial resources for all students while supporting the enrollment goals of the the University and the educational values of Wisconsin. We do this by supporting student access and success within higher education through financial aid advising and outreach with campus and community partners. To connect with us, please email

Prevention Research Center

UW-Madison Prevention Research Center – A CDC Prevention Research Center is a research center focused on community engaged research throughout the state of Wisconsin with a focus on maternal and child health.

School of Education

View the Wisconsin Idea in action: from an office dedicated to providing students with international experiences, to organizations that collaborate with Madison organizations to drive education innovation, to libraries and health programs that serve as the bridge between the School and the community, the School of Education strives to reach all corners of the campus, the state, and the world.

UniverCity Alliance

The UniverCity Alliance serves as a front door for local governments interested in making better places together. If your local government has projects that are “stuck” and could benefit from faculty, staff, and students working on them with you, please reach out to

Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS)

The Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS) envisions a world where diverse patient and community perspectives are integrated into health science research as a means to health equity. To make this vision a reality, WINRS works to advance racial justice and equity on and off campus and promotes the active engagement of historically marginalized communities in health science research. WINRS offers a variety of services to support research equity and help translational scientists incorporate relevant stakeholder perspectives into their projects. We coordinate two groups of community advisors affiliated with the Goodman Community Center and Lussier Community Education Center called the Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS). To connect with us, please contact Kat Phelps,

Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN)

Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN) works to link public health practitioners from local and state health departments with researchers so that practice informs research, and research informs practice.