Opened in 2015, the UW South Madison Partnership (UWSMP) 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 UWSMP includes the UW Odyssey Project, which offers a free humanities course for adult students facing economic 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.)
“(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
As the partnership enters its fourth year, use of the physical space is at an all-time high, new offerings abound and the number of collaborations with community organizations continues to grow
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.
A survey of alumni from the Odyssey Project - housed in UW's South Madison Partnership space - found that 70 percent say their experience in the program increased their children’s interest in attending college, and 86 percent say it had a major effect on their ability to support their children in school.
UWSMP Advisory Group
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UWSMP Advisory Group Members
Valentina Ahedo, Madison College
Erin Bailey-Winston, UW Carbone Center Cancer Health Disparities Initiative
Jerrod Buckner, Morgridge Institute for Research
Fabu Carter, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Sheri Carter, Madison Common Council
Prenicia Clifton, UW–Madison Precollege and Youth Programs
Mary Beth Collins, UW–Madison School of Human Ecology
Sarah Esmond, UW–Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity
Merry Farrier-Babanovski, UW South Madison Partnership
Annalee Good, Wisconsin Center for Education Research
Laura Green, Catholic Multicultural Center
Lane Hanson, UW–Madison Center for Patient Partnerships
Mitch, UW–Madison Law School Neighborhood Law Clinic
Kevin Mullen, UW–Madison Odyssey Project
Brenda González, UW–Madison Community Relations
Emily Reynolds, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Hedi Rudd, Badger Rock Neighborhood Center
Karen Menendez Coller, Centro Hispano
Beth Tryon, UW–Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service
Nasra Wehelie, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin