UW South Madison Partnership celebrated its one-year anniversary of community outreach and collaboration between UW-Madison professionals and Madison citizens Tuesday.
The anniversary gave UW-Madison’s Director of Community Relations Everett Mitchell, Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf and other community partners an opportunity to reflect on the partnership’s work and beneficial relationships in south Madison, according to a university release.
Mitchell said that Julissa Ventura, the Community University Exchange South Madison graduate assistant through the Morgridge Center for Public Service, has managed the partnership since its inception and has helped to create a welcoming environment.
“Julissa has been key to influencing how people perceive the space as comforting and able to accommodate their activities,” Mitchell said in the release. “As a grad student, a Latina woman and a partner who understands the community, I couldn’t have asked for a greater asset.”
The partnership expanded programs such as Afterschool Expeditions and hands-on science outreach programs, and partnered with the Odyssey Project and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Ald. Sheri Carter, District 14, who represents south Madison on the Madison Common Council, said the partnership reminds everyone that the university’s offerings are within reach.
“It helps make young people comfortable with the word ‘university,’” she said in the statement. “The university was a foreign land; it could have been France. Having it there makes it more comfortable and more attainable, to make them want to go to the university.”