University of Wisconsin–Madison
South Madison Partnership

South Madison Partnership

Opened in 2015, the South Madison Partnership (SMP) is a UW–Madison initiative designed to meet the South Madison community’s needs and foster mutually beneficial relationships. Located in the Villager Mall, the physical space—equipped with classroom space, conference rooms, private meeting areas, and university resources—allows community members to engage with UW–Madison in a more accessible, meaningful way.

Current programming at the SMP includes the UW Odyssey Project, which offers a free humanities course for adult students facing ecnonomic barriers to college, and the Neighborhood Law Clinic, which provides a range of legal and advocacy services to low-income community members.

University partners are encouraged to utilize the space for classes and meetings to engage community members and integrate students into the community. (Please read usage guidelines before reserving a space.)

Villager Mall
2312 South Park Street
Madison, WI 53713

Reserve a Space

“(The South Madison Partnership) brings the Wisconsin Idea into the community in a very comfortable and welcoming way.”

Fabu Carter, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

SMP Goals

  • Bring together UW–Madison groups and programs that are already working with the South Madison community
  • Build, promote, and host community-based learning courses
  • Work with community partners to engage the community in a space that is more accessible and open to meeting community needs
  • Build on community strengths to create new equitable, mutually-beneficial partnerships for long-term positive impact
  • Act as a gateway to the greater UW–Madison campus

Advisory board members

Leslie Orrantia, UW–Madison Community Relations

Merry Farrier, UW–Madison CUE South Madison Partnership Coordinator

Beth Tryon, UW–Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service

Sheri CarterMadison Common Council

Erin Bailey, UW Carbone Center Cancer Health Disparities Initiative

Margaret Nellis, UW–Madison University Health Services/School of Human Ecology

Mitch, UW–Madison Law School Neighborhood Law Clinic

Kevin Mullen, UW–Madison Odyssey Project

Hedi RuddBadger Rock Neighborhood Center

Mariela Quesada Centeno, Centro Hispano

Valentina Ahedo, Madison College

Shellie Pierce, Growing Power South Madison Farmer’s Market

Charlyn Cruz-Nuñez, South Madison Resident

Debra Neubauer, UW–Extension Financial Education Center

Fabu CarterWisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center