Randy Stoecker among winners of Community-University Partnership Awards

A project led by Randy Stoecker, professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, was among seven projects recently honored with 2017 Community-University Partnership Awards.

Stoecker’s project, the Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN), confronts the racialized barriers facing local hip-hop artists. The partnership adds research capacity to the Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN), which supports local hip-hop artists and challenges public perceptions of hip-hop in Madison that limit access for artists. The project involved getting a data set of calls for service to the Madison Police Department for Madison bars with entertainment licenses. Participants then added additional data about whether there was a performance during the period of a call and the genre of the performance. Results found no link between Hip-Hop events and greater violence. Planning is underway for the next stage of the partnership.

UW-Madison Community-University Partnership Awards highlight exemplary partnerships that get to the heart of the Wisconsin Idea: community members and UW–Madison personnel working collaboratively to transform the campus and community for the public good. They’re a way to thank community partners and recognize the work of UW–Madison faculty, staff and students as they join together to address pressing public issues in Madison and the surrounding region.

“UW-Madison, as a land grant institution, was established to improve the lives of residents across our great state. Fulfillment of this everlasting vision may not be possible without ensuring communities across Wisconsin continuously inform the aims of our institution,” says Leslie Orrantia, UW–Madison director of community relations. The Community-University Partnership Awards aim to recognize just a few of the significant partnerships between campus and community, which bring this vitality to our communities, empower all and collaboratively facilitate positive change.”

For information about other award winners, visit the UW-Madison News website.