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Spring 2012 Funded Projects

In March 2012, the program awarded $296,765 to support academically based service learning courses and community-based research work by UW-Madison faculty, instructional staff and students in the areas of education, law, environment and health, to be implemented during the 2012-13 and/or 2013-14 academic years:


Global Health, Human Flourishing and Environmental Care: Engaged Learning in Interdisciplinary Global Health.

Sherry Tanumijhardjo, Professor, Nutritional Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. $40,000 over two years to support 17 international interdisciplinary field courses, which will exemplify the WI Idea in action at the global level. Students in each of the courses will be involved in one or more service learning/community-based research projects, providing tangible benefits to communities in areas such as food and nutrition; health education; water and sanitation; and environmental sustainability and stewardship.


Taking Service Learning Online: Building Virtual Community.

Kathleen O’Connell, Ph.D., Center for Patient Partnerships, Law School. $49,548 over two years to support development of the Center for Patient partnerships’ “eservice learning” curriculum within its Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate program and to create new externship opportunities for both on-campus and distance learning students.


Wisconsin Innocence Project Outreach Project.

Keith Findley, Assistant Professor, Remington Center Clinical Program, Law School. $30,000 over two years to increase the number of and provide support to law students participating in the Wisconsin Innocence Project, a dynamic service learning program committed to overturning wrongful convictions and improving the criminal justice system in Wisconsin.


Service Learning in Graduate Education: Community Collaboration for Health Impact Assessments.

Thomas Oliver, Professor, Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health. $15,590 for one year to support a Master’s level service learning course to be taught in the Department of Population Health Sciences in conjunction with the Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education and Training (WiCPHET) in which graduate students and community partners will conduct Health Impact Assessments that will serve the needs of the partners’ community.


Indigenous Arts and Sciences Earth Partnership.

Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong, EPS Restore Director, UW Arboretum, the Graduate School. $17,261 for one year to add new dimensions—indigenous knowledge, experience and partnerships—to existing pk-20 restoration and place-based curricula. Dialogues with
Native American communities will create authentic partnerships based on respect, relationship, reciprocity and responsibility, and will be integrated with Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Native American children and all Wisconsin youth will benefit from understanding the contributions of Indigenous Arts and Sciences, integrating them with western STEM concepts while participating in restoring native ecosystems through community engagement.


Addressing Postpartum Depression in Wisconsin Home Visiting Programs.

Roseanne Clark, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health. $31,858 over two years to help address many of the problems of provision and access to services for low income women experiencing postpartum depression by expanding the knowledge base and capacity of Home Visiting Program staff in Wisconsin to address their mental health needs.


Public/Engaged Scholarship and Graduate Education.

Connie Flanagan, Professor, General Administration, School of Human Ecology. $4,850 for one year to develop a three credit graduate course open to UW-Madison students across all disciplines and departments that will facilitate their understanding of public scholarship, ie. teaching and research that connects classroom learning with public issues and develops democratic competencies, as a valuable pedagogy within higher education.


Community Environmental Scholars Program: Service Learning Capstone Courses.

Gregg Mitman, Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, College of Letters and Sciences. $23,672 over two years to support the delivery of service learning capstone courses for the Nelson Institute’s newly approved undergraduate major. These capstone courses will be available to all Nelson Institute majors, but will be especially critical to meet the interest and needs of its Community Engaged Scholars.

Science Shop Support for Southwest Madison.

Randy Stoecker, Professor Community and Environmental Sociology, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. $22,525 for one year to support a graduate Project Assistant to help coordinate a variety of grassroots community improvement and violence prevention projects in southwest Madison; track projects in the area to determine resource needs, intake requests for higher education resources and offers of outside assistance, match requests with offers of assistance where possible, and facilitate communication between students/faculty and neighborhood residents/groups; and support two classes that will develop a model of neighborhood/higher education partnership.

Community/University Exchange: Community-Based Research and Service Learning in South Madison.

Cynthia Jasper, Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies Department, School of Human Ecology. $17,000 for one year to further develop the “Community-University Exchange: South Madison” which aims to enhance the area’s economic vitality through community-based research and cooperation between the University and South Madison. The South Metropolitan Planning Council and Park Street Partners, two south side coalitions comprised of Southside residents, businesses and organizations, are collaborating with students, faculty and staff to promote Madison’s south side and to cooperate and promote learning activities for UW undergraduate and graduate students through community based learning pedagogies and experiences.

UW Law School's Dane County Mediation Center.

Marsha Mansfield, Clinical Professor of Law, UW Law School. $44,461 over two years to expand upon the Mediation Clinic's successful pilot by utilizing the Dane County Mediation Center as a new site for academically based service learning for second and third year law students. Students commit to a full year service learning experience which includes 125 hours of community engagement and are also required to attend a two hour weekly course that integrates theoretical understanding of mediation with guided reflection, including journals, talking circles and a video learning memoir. While on site at the center students provide mediation and dispute reconciliation to low income and under-represented clients in matters designed to enhance social justice and economic security.

TOTAL amount awarded: $296,765, 11 awards

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