Educate and Engage Citizens
A More Enthused, Involved Community
Tackling tough issues can be tricky. Sometimes it’s hard to wade through complex policy talk. WIPPS aims to cut through the jargon, making tough topics easier to understand. We offer a wide variety of programs, presented by skilled experts, on topics such as health care, water quality, returning civility to politics, religion and politics and poverty in Wisconsin.
Here is a sampling of WIPPS programs that help re-energize civic involvement.
Substance Abuse: It's Everybody's Business
On May 16, 2017, the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) hosted a regional conference to raise awareness throughout communities that addiction is a chronic disease, recovery is possible and that community-wide recovery eco-systems are necessary.
TOWARD ONE WAUSAU
Toward One Wausau brings together community members from all walks of life to talk openly, listen earnestly and act in unity to make the greater Wausau area a safe, welcoming and attractive place for a diverse people.
VENINGA LECTURE SERIES ON RELIGION AND SOCIETY
Religion and politics may seem an unlikely pairing - like fire and water. However, Jim Veninga, former UW-Marathon County dean, religious studies professor and a founding father of WIPPS, created this annual lecture series to help engage people on faith and politics.
PUBLIC ISSUE SERIES
WIPPS brings together people with diverse perspectives to discuss issues that matter to the community.
CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT SERIES
How can we use the arts as a springboard for greater awareness of issues affecting other cultures?
The health of our democracy depends on engaged citizens. This begins with exercising our right to vote.
MARSHFIELD CIVILITY PROJECT
A desire to end the ongoing bickering and partisanship so prevalent in today’s political discourse led to a series of bipartisan voter education forums that focused on civility.
OBEY-PETRI CIVIC PARTICIPATION LECTURE SERIES
Here’s the story: Two long-time, retired U.S. Congressmen, from opposite sides of the political aisle, decide to go on the road.
PEOPLE OF RURAL WISCONSIN PROJECT
Story telling is a powerful way to bring people together and to share what we hold valuable. It helps us envision together how we can thrive in a changing world.