Community-Based Research with South Madison Farmers Market

Course Title: Environmental Studies 600 Section 005: CBR with SMFM
Semester: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Dadit Hidayat, Alfonso Morales, and Margaret Nellis
Community PartnerSouth Madison Farmers Market (SMFM)


Abstract: SMFM is looking for a more effective strategy to educate South Madison community about fresh, safe, and affordable food.  The new strategy is expected to improve local market (buyers) as well local vendors participation in the market (sellers).

Student Learning Goals:

  • learn specific methodological skills for conducting community-based research
  • conduct research on informal market which will address the area of multifunctionality agriculture (sustainable agriculture, local food, community development, and health promotion)
  • identify and implement community organizing tactic

Deliverable Product or Service:

  • identified strategies for community actions
  • strategies implementation through community organizing efforts

CUE Project AreaSouth Madison

Grant involvedCharlotte Zieve Community Environmental Scholars Program


  • syllabus
  • CBR with South Madison Farmers Market, CUE Newsletter Vol II Issue 2

Community and School Gardens

Course Title: Env Studies 600: Community and School Gardens in Southwest Madison
Semester: Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Ashleigh Ross and Sam Dennis, Jr.
Community Partner: Toki Middle School, Front Yard Gardens, Meadowood Neighborhood Center, and Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ

middle school students, with a Nelson Institune student,  presenting their collaborative projecta group photo of middle school students and the capstone group

Abstract: This capstone course works directly with 6th grade teachers and students from Toki Middle School to design their school and community garden. The course covers environmental education, garden and landscape design, and community gardening.

Student Learning Goals:

CUE Project Area: Southwest Madison


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  • Spring 2014 [syllabus]

Culturally Congruent Health Care Practice

Course Title: N590: Culturally Congruent Health Care Practice
Semester: Fall 2012
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Audrey Tluczek
Community Partner:

Abstract: This seminar provides a facilitated forum for students to critically reflect on their socially constructed identities and the impact these identities have on their future work. Students meet in a safe and respectful environment to discuss and develop strategies for building awareness, skills, and knowledge needed for self-exploration of beliefs and attitudes regarding racial, ethnic, and cultural aspects of identity. Concrete strategies for integrating cultural assessment into patient-centered care will be included.

Student Learning Goals:

  • Enrich student’s awareness about how socially constructed identities affect their cross-cultural interactions and relationships in health care;
  • Increase student’s understanding about concepts relevant to culturally congruent care;
  • Develop student’s ability to critique the major constructs of practice models/theories relative to culturally congruent patient-centered care; and
  • Enhance student’s skills in the application of culturally congruent principles to their clinical practice.

Deliverable Product or Service: Students will assist in facilitating a series of focus groups on access to healthy food and gardening resources.

CUE Project Area: South Madison: Family Voices; Boys & Girls Club; Slow Food-UW; Bayview Community Center


Mentor-Tutors professional development

Course Title: Family Voices Mentor-Tutor Project
Semester: Spring 2012
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Marian Slaughter, Boyd Rossing
Community Partner: Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

Mentor-Tutors Tim and Marisa during a mentoring session with Caleb and his mom Lena. Family Voices engages the whole family. (CUE, 2012)

Abstract: CUE developed curriculum and taught a pilot professional development course for the UW undergraduates serving as Family Voices’ mentor-tutors volunteers. This for-credit course was conducted at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County on alternating Saturdays during the spring 2012 semester.

Student Learning Goals: Although the Family Voices Mentor-Tutor professional development course had many aspirations for mentor-tutor development, the course had four principal aims:

  • To promote personal, civic and professional growth from a sustained mentor-tutoring experience
  • To promote a deeper understanding of the issues affecting family-community-school-university connections with the aim of promoting the aspirations and achievement of children and youth
  • To enhance their effectiveness with supporting the academic and social development of children and youth
  • To inform the program in ways that contribute to improving Family Voices and its partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

CUE Project Area: Family Voices Project


Community-Based Research in Southwest Madison

Course Title: Community & Environmental Sociology 500 Capstone Experience
Semester: Spring 2012
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Randy Stoecker
Community PartnerSouth West Madison Community Organizers

Abstract: Community leaders are interested in creating a neighborhood house/community center in the Hammersley area. The course was to provide research support about Madison area community centers.

Student Learning Goals:

  • learn specific methodological skills for conducting community-based research
  • conduct research on neighborhood house or community centers in general and locally in Madison

Deliverable Product or Service:

  • list of possibilities on typical services/programming, funding support, infrastructure models,

CUE Project Area: Southwest Madison

Grant involved: Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin WI Idea Endowment


Social Media Class: Savor South Madison

Course Title: Journalism 670: Technology for Social Change; formerly called J676: Special Topic: Technology for Social Change
Semester: since Fall 2011 offered every semester
Instructor/CUE AffiliateYoung Mie Kim
Community PartnerSouth Metropolitan Planning Council

Abstract: This course operated much as a professional media consultancy firm would in the real-world, for the students to gain experience in working with a client. The students interviewed Park St. Restaurant owners and and created profiles for each restaurant on a new website The various food establishments in South Madison, specifically on South Park Street, provide many opportunities for people to have a unique dining and social experience.

Student Learning Goals:

  • learn theory and practice of technology for social change
  • develop social media campaign that makes salient in the minds of all Madison residents
  • promote food culture of South Madison

Deliverable Product or Service: Based on research (including interviews and video recordings), students have developed an integrated social media through the application of a website on a WordPress platform, TwitterFacebookPinterests, and Youtube.

Web entry to Savor South MadisonCUE Project Area:  South Madison


CUE: South Madison – Building Infrastructure for Meaningful Partnerships

Course Title: Inter-HE 501(4): Community-University Exchange: South Madison
Semester: Spring 2011
Instructors/CUE Affiliates: Cynthia Jasper, Beth TryonMargaret Nellis, Ariel Kaufman
Community Partner: South Madison Metropolitan Council Planning, Park Street Partners, South Madison Farmer’s Market, and Boys and Girls Club.

Abstract: This pilot year project was a two-stage process. In the fall 2010, a series of meetings with community partners were held to design a plan for how CUE should be developed so that it could link academic with community-identified priorities. By the end of fall, all parties agreed that the plan should be tested.  A community-based research course was designed to act as a centerpiece for coordinating the activities related to these priorities and providing experience to students in the CUE process. The class, offered in Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at School of Human Ecology, worked with South Metropolitan Planning Council on media bias research and along with the contributions of other partner courses, was then assessed to determine whether the model increased efficiency and impact. This Inter-HE course has been institutionalized as a requirement for majors in Community Nonprofit Leadership, School of Human Ecology.

Student Learning Goals: 

  • To develop-in-action a science shop model that is built around the particular community and academic resources in Madison.
  • To gain valuable research experience while providing community organizations with findings from collaboratively generated research questions.
  • To work with the South Madison community and UW faculty and staff to define specific research questions, develop a research plan, collect and analyze the data, and return the findings to the community, based on Community Identified Priorities (CIP) that have been created with the input of community members and leaders.

Deliverable Product or Service: research findings based on Community Identified Priorities (CIP)

CUE Project Area: South Madison

Grant involved: Evjue Foundation, Morgridge Match