Faculty Hometown Engagement Project: Help communicate UW-Madison’s value to the state

The following is a message from UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank about the new Faculty Hometown Engagement Project:

Faculty Colleagues,

Many of you have asked how you can help communicate the value of UW to the state of Wisconsin as we move into a year of debate over the UW budget in the state legislature. I’m reaching out to those of you who grew up here, have family in the state, or have a research project in a Wisconsin community outside Madison. The relationships you’ve built, and the trust you’ve earned, put you in a unique position to build important bridges. Going back to those communities and talking with citizens at a local library or service organization about what you do and how it impacts the community can be particularly effective in spreading the powerful story of the Wisconsin Idea to our stakeholders.

To that end we have created a new effort called the “Faculty Hometown Engagement Project,” spearheaded by the UW-Madison Speakers Bureau. Their staff has been directed to proactively reach out and invite groups in communities around the state to host a talk by a UW faculty member who has a relationship with the community and its citizens.

While we’d like you to talk about your work, we can also give you the talking points and information that will help you answer questions about some of the budget-related issues at UW that people in the state may ask.

If you have these Wisconsin-based connections and are interested in volunteering for this effort, please register to join the Faculty Hometown Engagement Project.

More information is available here:

Thank you for supporting our university and our state. It is our world-class faculty and staff that make this a top-ranked university,

On Wisconsin!

Becky Blank

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