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Community–University Partnership Awards

About the Awards

The Community–University Partnership Awards, a program started under the leadership of LaMarr Billups, recognizes the work of UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students, and their community partners across the state of Wisconsin, as they address pressing public issues in Madison and the surrounding region.

These awards offer an opportunity to thank our community partners and highlight exemplary partnerships that get to the heart of the Wisconsin Idea—community members and UW–Madison personnel working collaboratively to transform our campus and communities for the public good.

The program is organized by the UW–Madison Office of Community Relations, Community Partnerships and Outreach (CPO) Staff Network, and the Morgridge Center for Public Service with support from the Office of the Chancellor. Selected projects are active across the state and uphold the following standards for high-quality community–university partnerships:

  • Embody the original spirit of the Wisconsin Idea by contributing to a vibrant, inclusive, participatory democracy.
  • Are sustained beyond one event or activity.
  • Demonstrate a relationship characterized by respect, equity and engagement in all phases of the partnership.
  • Build the capacity of both community and university partners to address the target issue(s).
  • Result in measurable community change related to the target issue(s).
  • Exemplify best practices in the chosen methods or tools of engagement.

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application.
  • The application will ask for
    • Basic contact information and details of the partnership.
    • Individual names and roles associated with the partnership from the university team and community collaborator.
    • Responses related to the partnership’s role in vital components of community-engaged scholarship
  • Additional information will be available in the application portal.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2020 calendar year are not open at this time.

Contact

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact community-relations@mailplus.wisc.edu.

LaMarr Billups Community–University Engagement Award

LaMarr BillupsThe LaMarr Billups Community–University Engagement Award recognizes outstanding contributions to campus community partnerships. LaMarr Billups served as a special assistant to two UW chancellors and was director of community relations from 1996 to 2007. LaMarr was known as a skilled ambassador between the university and city, and was deeply committed to key civic institutions and social causes.

Past recipients: Gloria Ladson-Billings (2019)Kaleem Caire (2018) | Emily Auerbach (2017) | Robert Pierce (2014) | Mary Rouse (2013)

2019 Award Recipient: Gloria Ladson-Billings

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the recipient of the 2019 LaMarr Billups Community-University Engagement Award. Gloria is Professor Emerita and the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and faculty affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was a faculty member on campus for more than 26 years and has been a mentor and an inspiration to innumerable students of all levels. According to the UW School of Education, Ladson-Billings has been a doctoral advisor for 53 PhD students. She served as the 2005– 2006 president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and is the current president of the National Academy of Education.

Ladson-Billings grew up in Philadelphia and taught in public schools there for ten years before completing an MA in education at the University of Washington and a PhD in curriculum and teacher education at Stanford University. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education. Her scholarly work and advocacy around “culturally relevant pedagogy” and teaching have engaged a generation of educators about the importance of recognizing and building on students’ cultures in the classroom.

Ladson-Billings’s research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students, and the applications of Critical Race Theory to education. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards, including the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship; the AERA Palmer O. Johnson Outstanding Research Award; the Brock International Prize in Education; the Distinguished Service Award from Teachers College, Columbia University; and the 2018 AERA Distinguished Research Award. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2018.

In addition to her scholarly activities, Ladson-Billings has been an active member in the broader Madison community, supporting local schools and advocating for educational equity. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Madison and a member of the Board of Directors of the Madison Children’s Museum. In 2007, she was ordained as a deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she continues to serve. She formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and remains an active advocate for African American women’s health.

Judges

Bill Barker, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Mary Beth Collins, Executive Director for the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, Director of Centers Engagement and Professional Skills Courses, School of Human Ecology

Suzanne Dove, Assistant Dean for Academic Innovations, School of Business

Cheri Dubiel, Executive Director, Community Shares of Wisconsin

Sarah Esmond, Administrative Director, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE), School of Medicine and Public Health

Aaron Fai, Assistant Director of Public Humanities, Center for the Humanities

Jan Greenberg, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Research & Graduate Education; Professor, School of Social Work

Colleen Howes, Associate Dean of Communications, Advancement and Engagement, School of Education

Gavin Luter, Managing Director, UniverCity Alliance

Megan Miller, Assistant Director for Civic Engagement & Communications, Morgridge Center for Public Service; Community Partnerships and Outreach Staff Network Co-Chair

Mitch, Clinical Faculty and Director of Neighborhood Law Clinic, UW Law School

Leslie Orrantia, Director of Community Relations, Office of the Chancellor

Molly Schwebach, Outreach Specialist, Nelson Institute & Center for Healthy Minds

Olayinka Shiyanbola, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

Stephen Ventura, Professor, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; Faculty Senate, Executive Committee; Affiliate, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; 2018 Community-University Partnership Award Recipient

Earlise Ward, Faculty Director of Morgridge Center for Public Service; Professor, School of Nursing

Danielle Wendricks, Morgridge Center for Public Service and UW South Madison Partnership Student Employee; Undergraduate Student, School of Human Ecology

Troy Williams, Ph.D. Student in Civil Society & Community Research, School of Human Ecology

Danielle Yancey, Director of Native American Center for Health Professions; 2018 Community-University Partnership Award Recipient

Faisal Abdu’Allah
Creative Arts Community Faculty Director for the Arts Institute; Professor, Department of Art

Sarah Archibald
Associate Director of The Network and Co-Director of the Grand Challenges Initiative, School of Education

John Baldacchino
Director of the Arts Institute

Libby Bestul
Co-Chair for Community Partnerships and Outreach Staff Network

Lisa Chambers
Associate Director for Morgridge Center for Public Service

Cheri Dubiel
Executive Director, Community Shares of Wisconsin

Sarah Esmond
Administrative Director for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE)

Merry Farrier-Babanovski
UW South Madison Partnership Coordinator; MA Student in Education Policy Studies

Katherine Loving
Program Manager, Healthy Campus, University Health Services

Alfonso Morales
Professor, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture; UW–Extension Specialist

Kevin Niemi
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, WISCIENCE

Leslie Orrantia
Director, Office of Community Relations, Office of University Relations

Sam Park
Undergraduate Student Representative

Paul Robbins
Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Molly Schwebach
Senior Outreach Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds

Soyeon Shim
Dean, School of Human Ecology

Randy Stoecker
Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology

Bria Brown
Membership Coordinator, Community Shares

Lisa Chambers
Associate Director, Morgridge Center for Public Service

Mary Beth Collins
Director of Centers Research and Public Affairs, School of Human Ecology

Merry Farrier-Babanovski
UW South Madison Partnership Coordinator; MA Student, Education Policy Studies

Dadit Hidayat
PhD Candidate, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Jack Jorgensen
Co-Director, Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network, School of Education

Katherine Loving
Program Manager, Healthy Campus, University Health Services

Amanda Ngola
Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Education Coordinator, School of Social Work

Kevin Niemi
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, WISCIENCE (Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement)

Leslie Orrantia
Director, Office of Community Relations, Office of University Relations

Jeffrey Russell
Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning; Dean, Division of Continuing Studies

Molly Schwebach
Senior Outreach Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds

Lynet Uttal
Professor, School of Education