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Community Connections

The W’s unique niche is not confined by geographic boundaries. By serving its communities through programs and partnerships, both locally and globally, the university will continue to communicate its value and explore ways to create significant impact through its areas of strength. It should also identify innovative and diverse approaches that enhance health, quality of life, cultural enrichment, and society's overall economic potential.

GOAL: CULTIVATE COLLABORATIONS TO CREATE HEALTHY AND VIBRANT COMMUNITIES
One of the strengths of the university is its emphasis on a holistic approach to health and wellness that focuses on all aspects of a person’s well-being. The W should capitalize on current academic, community outreach, and other initiatives in order to increase collaborations between campus units and public communities through regional partners and online audiences.
  • Continue to offer accessible programming and services to enhance holistic well-being for a diverse variety of community members, including, but not limited to, our campus community.
  • Make events available through a combination of delivery methods (e.g., streaming, remote, in-person, hybrid, etc.) for communities who may be unable to attend otherwise.
GOAL: PROVIDE OUTREACH TO UNDERSERVED AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS OF OUR COMMUNITIES
We are committed to identifying the underserved and diverse populations of our communities, understanding that they are not limited to just one group or demographic. The university can increase inclusive initiatives to provide better access to campus resources, programming, and outreach efforts to enhance the well-being of our communities.
  • Identify at-risk or high-needs groups within our communities and the barriers they encounter or needs they express through departmental or university individuals or groups.
  • Design all programming to be inclusive and empowering to all within our communities and accommodate those with additional needs (e.g., considering those with barriers to access, be they technological, financial, intellectual, accessibility, etc.).
GOAL: FORGE MEANINGFUL AND ENGAGED PARTNERSHIPS THAT PROVIDE REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS
By enhancing relevant partnerships with businesses, hospitals, nonprofits, P-12 schools, community colleges, and other agencies, The W will provide real-life experiences. These partnerships create future employment opportunities, develop civic awareness, and enrich the student experience. Developing internships, community, and service-learning activities will create mutually beneficial exchanges and serve our communities by providing a future workforce to support economic and personal growth.
  • Expand on current and seek new opportunities for partnerships through internships, service-learning, and student placement (e.g., clinical rotations, student teaching) for all disciplines to bridge the gap between campus and community partners.
  • Follow-up with each stakeholder in the partnership to assess ways to improve and expand future collaboration opportunities.
GOAL: CONTRIBUTE TO THE CULTURAL ENRICHMENT OF OUR COMMUNITIES
The W serves as a cultural hub for the campus and broader communities. By utilizing our liberal arts emphasis and creativity of our campus community, we can provide accessible, inclusive, and diverse events and programming to enhance cultural competencies and enrich the lives and perspectives of all within our communities.
  • Continue to offer accessible programming and services that promote creative, intellectual, and social opportunities using our liberal arts focus for a diverse variety of campus and community members.
  • Make events available through a combination of delivery methods (e.g., streaming, remote, in-person, hybrid, etc.) for communities who may be unable to attend otherwise.