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About CCE

In 2016, Chancellor Gary Miller committed to the UW-Green Bay to develop a Civic Action Plan in collaboration with the community. In 2016-2017, a group of faculty and staff developed a set of priorities and goals connected to co-creating meaningful and respectful partnerships in the community that help prepare students to live and work as engaged citizens. These priorities seek to institutionalize and demonstrate the University’s role as a place-based, anchor institution which, as part of the commitment to the Wisconsin Idea of public education, challenge prevailing social and economic inequalities in our own communities, broadly defined. In May 2017, a group of faculty, staff and administrators met to create a “framework” for moving forward. What they discovered was a great deal of wonderful work done with the community, but often without recognition or coordination.

This year, the civic planning process entered a second phase of engagement with community and campus stakeholders, as well as the establishment of mechanisms to support and sustain this work. In Fall 2017, Dr. David Coury and Dr. Alison Staudinger agreed to co-direct this process through the Center for Public Affairs and in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. To that end, they have held meetings with community and campus leaders and are assembling an advisory board, in accordance to the recommendations of the Framework. They are also developing a web portal which will help connect people in the North Eastern Wisconsin region who need assistance in research or service projects with UWGB instructors and students.

Over the summer of 2018, Staudinger and Coury will work with the Center for Public Affairs to hold a series of targeted focus groups with Green Bay and other area stakeholders who have or hope to develop partnerships with the community, as well as engage instructors and staff to understand what support would best improve civic engagement on our campus.

In 2018-2019, the Advisory board will examines analyses of this qualitative data, as well as previous work as part of “Invent the Future” and best practices at other universities, to recommend a set of concrete procedures for better insisuttionalizing, sharing, and supporting this work. In Spring 2019, the co-directors will pilot these procedures and assess their effectiveness.

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