UWM celebrates exceeding 60,000-hour community engagement goal

UWM students, alumni, faculty and staff have completed 66,000 hours of community service during the 2016-’17 school year, handily topping its 60,000-hour goal.

To celebrate, the university’s Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research will partner with Ex Fabula, a Milwaukee-based organization that produces storytelling events, to host “Building Bridges for a Better Milwaukee.”

To commemorate UWM’s 60th anniversary, Chancellor Mark Mone in September challenged UWM students, alumni, faculty and staff to complete 60,000 hours of community engagement. By the end of the spring 2017 semester, the university logged 66,000 hours of community based scholarship, partnerships with community organizations and volunteer work.

Afterwards, several Milwaukee Public Schools students will share digital stories about identifying and overcoming educational challenges. These stories were made in conjunction with the Deliberative Dialogue Program, a collaborative project between UWM and Milwaukee Public Schools.

“We’re instilling a culture of service at UWM,” said Ben Trager, director of community-based learning at the center. “Now that we’ve increased community engagement, we want people to reflect and learn from this accomplishment.”

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