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Community–University Partnership Awards

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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, an abstract limited to 1000 characters and an essay limited to 7500 characters.
  • Additional information is available in the application portal.

Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

Contact

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact partnershipawards@uc.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: Emily Auerbach(2017) | Robert Pierce (2014) | Mary Rouse (2013)

2018 Award Recipient: Kaleem Caire

Kaleem ClaireKaleem Caire is the recipient of the 2018 LaMarr Billups Community-University Engagement AwardCaire is a known national leader in K-12 education reform, economic and workforce development, and community transformation. Since 2014, he has served as founder and CEO of One City Early Learning Centers, a 21st century preschool in Madison specifically aiming to eliminate the racial achievement gap by ensuring children are reading-ready by kindergarten and their parents have the knowledge, tools, and ability to provide for them and lead strong families.

His tireless advocacy and efforts inspired the creation of UW–Madison’s PEOPLE Program and its Information Technology Academy (ITA), Madison Metropolitan School District’s Nuestro Mundo Bilingual Charter School and the Schools of Hope Tutoring Program. He has also assisted with the development of other education reform efforts across states. In the area of school development, Caire has been directly involved with the proposal, planning, development and governance of several public charter schools in Madison and Washington, DC.

He currently serves on Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s UW Community Advisory Council and the UW School of Education Madison Education Partnership (MEP) Steering Committee, and is exploring a collaboration with UW–Madison on the creation of a comprehensive resource on birth-to-college for first-generation families across the nation.

The LaMarr Billups award is a prestigious one for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to campus-community partnerships.

Judges

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