Connect WI Conference

A conference for community engagement faculty and professionals in higher education 

Join us for a statewide conference of civic and community engagement faculty and professionals. UW Oshkosh will be the place to be to join in discussions about community-based learning, civic scholars, academic resources and so much more. We look forward to seeing you on June 7th 


    Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 

    Times: 8:30am – 5:00pm 

    Location: Culver Family Welcome Center at UW Oshkosh – 625 Pearl Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901

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    If you have any questions regarding registration, please email Mike at


    $50 per person



    Bring Quality and Equity to CBL at Scale at UW-Parkside – Amy Garrigan, Debra Karp, Dr. Penny Lyter (UW Parkside)

    Revitalizing Nature Connections with Outdoor Science Inquiry – Shannon Davis-Foust (UW Oshkosh)

    How to build a diverse and sustainable talent pipeline in Milwaukee – Elise Jaffee, Jaclyn Stoczanyn (UW Milwaukee)

    Community-engaged scholarship at UW-Madison – Haley Madden, Cory Sprinkel (UW Madison)

    Preparing Students for Community Engagement: Essential Lessons – Cory Sprinkel (UW Madison)

    WaterMarks: An Atlas of Water for the City of Milwaukee – Ana Hoffman (UW Milwaukee)

    Addressing Student ‘Disengagement’: The Efforts of the University Studies Program and its Partners at UW Oshkosh – Kim Rivers and Jennifer Christus (UW Oshkosh)

    Contextualizing Community Engagement for Students – Kim Bohat Jensen, Eddie Godina, Carie Hertzberg, Kelly Walker (Marquette University)

    T.A.C.K. – A Simple Introductory Service-Learning Experience for Students – Michael Jurmu (UW Oshkosh, FDL Campus)

    Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement – Nancy Mathias (St. Norbert College) José Ramirez & Anya Piotrowski (UW Madison)

    Civic and Community Engagement Abroad/Away – Jenna Graff (UW Oshkosh)

    Flipping the Script: Lessons Learned from Community Partnerships in the Virtual Tutor Program – Samantha De Forest-Davis (UW Milwaukee) 

    Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into community-based learning courses at UW Oshkosh – Cathy Bryan and Stephanie May (UW Oshkosh) 

    A New Volunteer Orientation – Volunteer 101 at UW Oshkosh – Jana Metko (UW Oshkosh) 

    An Effective Marketing Strategy – Madison Edinger (UW Oshkosh) 

    Connecting Elections to academic classes: how to talk about them in the classroom – Eric Giordano (WIPSS) 

    Flipping the Script: Lessons Learned from Community Partnerships in the Virtual Tutor Program – Samantha De Forest-Davis (UW Milwaukee)

    Engaging with Diversity and Making Change in a Community-Based Internship – Ben Trager (UW Milwaukee)

    Conference Planning Team

    Mike Lueder, Director (interim), Center for Civic and Community Engagement, UW Oshkosh  
    Dr. Jennifer Considine, Faculty Fellow, Center for Civic and Community Engagement, and Chair of Communication Studies, UW Oshkosh  
    Debra Karp, Director, Alan E Guskin Center for Community and Business Engagement, UW Parkside 
    Madison Edinger, Civic Engagement Intern, Center for Civic and Community Engagement, UW Oshkosh 

    Conference Accommodations

    Preferred Conference Hotel: Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel (1 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901) 920-230-1900.  They do offer the State Rate.  

    Need something fun to do in Oshkosh, check this out: 

    Keynote Speaker – Howard Rosing

    Executive Director of the Steans Center, Depaul University

     Howard Rosing | Active Faculty | Institute Faculty | ABCD Institute |  DePaul University, Chicago

    Dr. Howard Rosing oversees the work of Academic Service Learning and the Egan Office for Urban Education and Community Partnerships and supports DePaul’s partnership with the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He works with faculty to develop scholarship on service-learning and community-based research and serves as a faculty member in Community Service Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Geography, Sustainable Urban Development (MASUD) and Community Psychology. He also co-directs MASUD. Dr. Rosing has taught and developed numerous service learning courses including Community Food Systems, Sustainable Urban Food Systems, and Geography, Food and Justice. His teaching directly supports DePaul’s Minor in Food Studies and Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Food Systems. Dr. Rosing is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on sustainable food systems development, urban food access, economic restructuring, and food justice movements in Chicago and the Dominican Republic. 


    8:30-9:15 Registration and Networking 

    9:15-9:30 Welcome

                 Mike Lueder, Director (Interim), UW Oshkosh Center for Civic and Community Engagement  

    Andy Leavitt, Chancellor, UW Oshkosh

    9:30-10:30 Keynote Speaker 

    10:30-11:15 Breakout Session One 

    11:15-11:30 Break 

    11:30-12:15 Breakout Session Two 

    12:15-1:00 Lunch – 

    Jennifer Considine, Faculty Fellow, UW Oshkosh Center for Civic and Community Engagement  

    John Koker, Provost, UW Oshkosh 

    1:00-2:00 Panel Discussion – Connecting Community Engagement to Careers

    2:00-2:15 Break 

    2:15-3:00 Breakout Session Three 

    3:00-3:15 Remarks from UW System Regent Hector Colon

    3:15-5:00 Networking Reception & Idea Swap Sharing 

    Héctor Colón

    President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS)

    Hector Colon Message to Graduates

    Héctor Colón is the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS). Under his leadership, LSS has adapted new models and business strategies to increase relevancy and operational efficiency. Before the start of Colón’s tenure in 2017, the organization had not met its budget for four consecutive years. Since that time, LSS has generated multi-million dollar surpluses with a gain of $2.4 million in 2019.  In 2019, Colón was named the Nonprofit Executive of the Year by BizTimes Media and the Hispanic Man of the year by UMOS. 

    As Executive Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Colón worked with a team to turn multi-million dollar deficits into multi-million dollar surpluses.  There he led several countywide initiatives, including efforts to reform the juvenile justice system, end chronic homelessness, transform mental health care, and end a 30-year waitlist for disabilities services. 

    As a member and champion of the U.S. national boxing team, Colón won seven national titles and competed in the 1992 Olympic trials. At the height of his boxing career, Colón stepped away from his Olympic dreams and the potential of millions to serve God. Today, he is an independent director on the board of USA Boxing with a focus on inspiring athletes to discover their own path towards personal and professional greatness.  His first book, “From Boxing Ring to Board Room,” is set to release in June 2020. 


    Thank you Sponsors

    UW System  
    Center for Civic and Community Engagement, UW Oshkosh  
    University Studies Program, UW Oshkosh