Faculty & Instructors

Join your colleagues and connect with us to make your class a high-impact learning experience for students!

UniverCity Year will connect your class to a Wisconsin community and give students the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world situations.

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Doug McCleod

It’s active learning. It’s project based learning. (Students are) actually getting out and working in the real world on something that they’re building.”

—Doug McLeod, Evjue Centennial Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Image of five red, blue, and gray circles swirling together. The center circle reads "Making Better Places Together." The remaining four circles are labeled 01: UniverCity Alliance: Creates networking and collaboration opportunities and documents together. 02: UW-Madison provides faculty resources and applied coursework. 03: Local government etablishes local connectiosn and resources that lead in creating high-road innovation. 04: Community members implement and applies research, teaching, and services to better the community.

Why work with UniverCity Year?

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Jules Reynolds

“We’ve noticed that student projects closely linked to the community organizations tend to be most successful and durable in terms of their impacts.”

—Jules Reynolds, PhD student in Geography and Environment and Resources working with Professor Holly Gibbs’ Geogrpahy 309 course called “People, Land and Food”

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Lori DiPrete Brown

“When it’s real work, there are stakes. It’s one thing to say, ‘Hand in your papers by Friday at 5 p.m.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘You’ll be giving a briefing at the mayor’s office at the end of the semester on the content of your paper, and it might just make a difference in your community.'”

—Lori DiPrete Brown, Director, Global Health and Human Ecology, Civil Society and Community Studies, School of Human Ecology


Participants working on UniverCity Year’s Koshkonong Creek project met at Badger Farms in October 2022 to make introductions and begin collaboration. Photo credit: Anica Graney

Next steps

  • Choose UniverCity Year projects for class assignments and capstones.
  • Find field placements or internships for individual students.
  • Pursue Community-Based Learning  Designations.
  • Apply your research to interesting community issues.
  • Expand your network and engage with the “high-road” community.

We have new possibilities every year to partner with Wisconsin communities.

Email UniverCity Alliance at UniverCityAlliance@wisc.edu to get connected today!