5 Decades of Powerful Partnerships

*This time line represents the time period when significant partnerships and community engagement programs were established. Most of these program continued for many years and/or continue today. We apologize for any omissions.


  • Sharing Fair for student teachers and classroom teachers
  • Capsule College—Continuing education event for adults 
  • College for Kids


  • Chancellor Guskin forms Educator’s Consortium for Excellence 
  • Regional Staff Development Center established at Parkside connecting K-12 teachers with college professors 
  • Regional In-Service Day—major conference for teachers 
  • Women in Science Day initiative (later renamed Women in Math, Science and Technology) for local middle school girls 
  • Model OAS for local high school students 
  • Foreign Film Series established-open to public 
  • Music Department establishes Community Band and Choir


  • Formation of the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP)--including Institute for Community Based Learning, Small Business Development Center, Community Research and Development Institute, Teacher Professional Development, Continuing Education, Diversity Programs, Pre-College Programs, Workforce Development—served as front door of the university 
  • Community Outreach Partnership Grant from Department of Housing and Urban Development 
  • Parkside Theatre Arts Department begins partnership with Fireside Theatre to build their sets 
  • Diversity Circles launched in Kenosha, Racine, and on campus 
  • Annual Diversity Conference organized by high school students from all Racine County high schools 
  • Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) established 
  • Gerontology Institute and Aging Well Conference begins 
  • Chiwaukee Academy created for summertime teacher professional development 
  • Make A Difference Day founded 
  • Partnership with Sustainable Racine 
  • UW-Parkside partners with Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) to establish the Prison Project that brings college courses to inmates. (later grew into Shakespeare Prison Project) 
  • Parkside collaborates with UW-Extension, local Chambers of Commerce to establish Leadership Kenosha, Leadership Racine and Leadership Union Grove 
  • UW Parkside hosts local cable television show by students called ‘Community Conversations’ 
  • Parkside begins hosting bi-annual Racine Arts Guild Juried Exhibition 
  • IT Practice Center established in School of Business 
  • EC3 Experimental Teaching Certificate Program for Minority Students


  • Chancellor Keating creates Engaged University Council 
  • Launch of Science Night – monthly public presentations on science topics 
  • Parkside begins hosting Small Business Development Centers 
  • Ralph Jaeschke SEG Center (Solutions for Economic Growth) formed in School of Business 
  • Creation of Wisconsin Campus Compact, statewide organization based at Parkside 
  • Midwest Campus Compact Citizen Scholar Fellows program places students in nonprofit organizations 
  • CNCS Learn and Serve America grant to establish Nonprofit Institute at Parkside 
  • First AmeriCorps VISTA members based at Parkside 
  • First Nonprofit Leadership Conference 
  • Theatre Department partners with RUSD and KUSD presenting diversity workshops in schools in conjunction with the musical Honk! 
  • Parkside and partners receive $2.5 million from Department of Health and Human Services to provide capacity building sub-awards, free training and technical assistance to regional nonprofits 
  • Mentor KR Partnership for youth mentoring in the region established through funding from Department of Juvenile Justice 
  • Partnerships with City of Racine and City of Kenosha to establish the Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC) and Center for Environmental Education Demonstration and Applied Research (CEDAR) 
  • Music Department starts Community Orchestra 
  • Kenosha and Racine Habitat for Humanity Affiliations established


  • Parkside and Gateway Technical College collaborate on “Cultivating Community One Seed at A Time” project funded by Learn and Serve America to address food insecurity 
  • UW-Parkside AmeriCorps VISTA Project places over 20 VISTA members in the community 
  • Partnership with Girls, Inc to present GEMS (Girls Empowered in Math and Science) Conference 
  • Grand Opening of the Rita (Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities) 
  • BMO Harris free noon concert series at the Rita established 
  • App Factory established in College of Business, Economics and Computing 
  • Partnership with Higher Expectations and Building Our Future Strive Together Initiatives 
  • Chancellor Ford joins a national movement led by Campus Compact by signing a pledge to create and implement a Civic Action Plan 
  • Parkside Library hosts two community-wide Big Reads— Fahrenheit 451 and Station Eleven 
  • Map Factory (GIS Mapping) established in College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies 
  • Partnership with KUSD and RUSD to offer concurrent enrollment opportunities through PACC 
  • Army ROTC establishes a physical presence for ROTC on campus 
  • Institute for Professional Educator Development (IPED) partners with RUSD to offer alternative licensing program for teachers—STAR Program 
  • College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies begins Local Hispanic Leadership Award 
  • Partnership with Kenosha Community Foundation, Uline and SE WI Hearing Center to present Jazz Week at Parkside 
  • Partner in Get-Behind-the-Arts annual community-wide studio tours 
  • The Status of Women Report for Kenosha and Racine Counties– County-level report guided by Chancellor Ford, community stakeholders, and UW-Parkside faculty researchers and students.
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