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.)
2312 South Park Street
Madison, WI 53713
“(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
- 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
In the News
A year after opening, the South Madison Partnership has extended its reach to community members of all ages through expanded programming.
Afterschool Expeditions, a popular science program in which elementary and middle school students engage in hands-on activities, has expanded to the South Madison Partnership.
More than 300 people attended the 2016 South Madison International Community Night, which featured international food carts, musical performances, and arts and science activities.
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 Carter, Madison 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 Rudd, Badger 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 Carter, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center