So. Madison Partnership Fitness Class

Partners and Programs


People using the space monthly


Campus and community groups participating annually


Active programs using the space weekly


The UW South Madison Partnership hosts a wide variety of partners throughout the year, representing multiple programs. Here are a few that call the space home.

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  • Division of Continuing Studies:
    • The UW Odyssey Project offers a free humanities course for adult students facing economic barriers to college, helping them overcome adversity and achieve dreams through higher education. As students discuss Shakespeare, Socrates, Martin Luther King, and others, they find a voice and a new sense of hope. Students receive free tuition, textbooks, materials, and childcare. Each year since 2003, 30 students have been accepted into this award-winning program. As one student wrote, “The Odyssey Project helped me unwrap my gifts and rewrite the story of my life.” (Contact: Emily Auerbach)
      • Odyssey Junior provides enrichment to children and grandchildren of Odyssey students and alumni. While the adult class is meeting in The Partnership space on Wednesday nights, children are engaging in work on literature, art, writing, music, theatre, science, and other subjects. Odyssey Junior takes place in three nearby locations: children ages 2 through kindergarten (“Odyssey Jumpstart”) are in the Head Start classrooms; children grades 1–5 (“Odyssey Explorers”) meet in the UW Space Place; and children grades 6–12 (“Odyssey Junior Teens”) meet in the Goodman South Madison Library. This year, 55 children ages 2–18 are participating in Odyssey Junior.
      • Onward Odyssey provides graduates of the Odyssey Project with continued support as they continue on their journeys. In The Partnership space, two targeted UW courses are offered to Odyssey alumni: a summer program training 12 Odyssey graduates to become special education teacher aides fast-tracked to employment in the school district, and a spring course giving 20 alumni intensive work with composition.
    • PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization serving more than 900 lifelong learners in and around Dane County. Most members are approaching or actively enjoying retirement. All share a passion for learning and a desire to stay engaged with the world and with others who share their interests. No formal education or university affiliation is necessary to join. (Contact: Rick Orton)
  • Millionaires Club, a program by Asset Builders of America Inc., focuses on financial literacy, academic achievement, and youth development. The program, which meets every second Sunday of the month, is geared toward middle and high school youth, but parents often attend the sessions with their children. Millionaires Club prepares youth for post-secondary education, as evidenced by three alumni who currently attend UW–Madison. In keeping with the goals of The Partnership, Millionaires Club conducts specific outreach to Odyssey students and their children and encourages their participation. (Contact: Bob Wynn)
  • Morgridge Center for Public Service provides classroom space for community-based learning courses, bring together UW–Madison students with a number of different community partners. (Contact: Haley Madden)

Health & Nutrition

  • Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) offers memory care services to South Madison residents, including workshops and consultation to older adults and their families. This year, the ADRC also provides free exercise courses to older adults at the Partnership. (Contact: Fabu Carter)
  • The UW School of Nursing Oh Happy Day Class is a partnership with the faith based community advisory board and community members (FB-CAB) to develop a faith-based intervention for African American individuals dealing with depression. (Contact: Earlise Ward)

Legal Services

The Neighborhood Law Clinic (NLC) provides a broad range of legal services including rental housing, employment, and public benefits law.  Law students staff the community-based office at the UW South Madison Partnership space.  The NLC is part of the Economic Justice Institute which is dedicated to serving low-income and other under-represented clients in matters designed to enhance access to justice and economic security. (contact: Mitch)

For questions about programs and availability, contact:

Merry Farrier-Babanovski
Assistant Director, UW South Madison Partnership