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Community Relations Staff

Brenda González

Director, Community Relations
Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Dr, Madison, WI 53706

As director of community relations, Brenda González serves as UW-Madison’s primary point of contact with local community and nonprofit organizations. She is responsible for developing strategies to ensure the university is engaged with these organizations and the broader community. 

Prior to joining UW-Madison, she worked as the diversity manager for Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care and as a community marketing and health equity manager for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin. On-campus, she served as the the health equity career development program manager with the Collaborative Center for Health Equity at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

She has a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Xochimilco in Mexico City, Mexico, and has done graduate course work isocial innovation sustainability leadership at Edgewood College and linguistics and communicative disorders at UW–Madison.  

Merry Farrier-Babanovski

Coordinator, UW South Madison Partnership
2312 S. Park St.

Merry Farrier-Babanovski is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at UW–Madison. She completed her bachelor’s degree in justice studies at Arizona State University. Her background in youth education programs and community engagement continue to inform both her studies and work as the UW South Madison Partnership Coordinator.