Morgridge Center for Public Service

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The Morgridge Center for Public Service advances the Wisconsin Idea by developing and promoting civic engagement, strengthening teaching and learning, and facilitating collaborative partnerships within the community through service, academic service-learning and community-based research.

The Morgridge Center was founded in 1996 through the vision and generous initial gift of alumni John and Tashia Morgridge. The Morgridge Center continues to grow today, promoting citizenship and learning through service within local, national and global communities.

Morgridge Center Programs

Badger VolunteersBadger Volunteers

Teams of UW-Madison students sign up to volunteer at community partner organizations in Madison on a weekly basis for an entire semester. Over 650 students commit to the program every semester.

Volunteer Transportation ProgramTransportation Options

This program offers support for UW-Madison students looking to get off campus to volunteer, including cab rides for qualifying students. The program takes a multi-modal approach, emphasizing sustainability and offering several options through innovative partnerships with local cab, car share and bike share companies.

Wisconsin Idea FellowshipsWisconsin Idea Fellowships

WIFs are awarded annually to original undergraduate student projects working to solve issues identified by local or global communities. Fellowships are awarded to projects designed by a student (or group of students) in collaboration with a community organization and a faculty mentor.

VolunteerYourTime.orgWisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship

This new fellowship awards grants for undergraduate student projects aimed at public engagement in the student’s own Wisconsin community. Each WOECF project is complementary with one of UW-Madison’s current Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Service-Learning CoursesService-Learning Courses

UW-Madison offers over 75 credit-bearing service-learning courses every year, engaging students in community-based service or research as part of course curriculum. The Morgridge Center supports these classes through course development grants and students fellows.

Wisconsin Idea ExchangeCommunity University Exchange

Community-University Exchange (CUE) facilitates community-based projects led by the experience of community members and the expertise of a UW-Madison faculty or staff member, along with the support of UW-Madison students.

Wisconsin Idea ExchangeWisconsin Idea Exchange

This online database connects community groups with UW-Madison faculty and staff to create collaborative service-learning and community-based research projects.

Wisconsin Idea ExchangeAwards

Our awards program recognizes students and community organizations for their efforts to advance the Wisconsin Idea and address issues in our community.