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Email: brenda.gonzalez@wisc.edu
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Community Relations Staff

Brenda González

Director, Community Relations

brenda.gonzalez@wisc.edu
608-695-0308
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

Assistant Director, UW South Madison Partnership

farrier@wisc.edu
608-265-4940
2312 S. Park St.

As the Assistant Director of the UW South Madison Partnership, Merry serves as the primary point of contact for the UW South Madison Partnership and works to build and sustain strong campus and community connections in south Madison and beyond. She completed her bachelor’s degree in justice studies at Arizona State University and her Master’s degree in educational policy at UW-Madison with a focus on equitable relationships between schools, families, and communities.

Tina Marshalek

Intern, UW South Madison Partnership

cmarshalek@wisc.edu
608-265-4940
2312 S. Park St.

Tina is a junior at UW-Madison double majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership and Political Science, with a certificate in Educational Policy Studies. She aspires to serve as an advocate on both poverty and education issues, either in the nonprofit or public sector. As such, she cares deeply about engaging with Madison’s south side and working towards the development of more sustainable and equitable opportunity, namely through educational resources, outreach, and connections.