Building Community, Strengthening Democracy
Founded in 2007, the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) is a unit of the UW Colleges and UW-Extension. Our mission is to address local, state and national issues by linking public scholarship, civic outreach and student service to enhance community life throughout Wisconsin.
Toward One Wausau: A Celebration of our Diversity
Northcentral Technical College Cafeteria
Toward One Wausau brings together community members from all walks of life to talk openly, listen earnestly and act in...
Veninga Lecture on Religion and Society: ‘Religious Liberty for All in a Polarized Age’
UW Center for Civic Engagement, James F. Veninga Theater
Thomas Berg, one of the nation’s leading scholars of law and religion, will speak at the fall 2017 Veninga Lecture Series on Religion and Society on October 12.
What We Do
Develop Future Leaders
The future is going to be experienced by young people. WIPPS has a plan of action that strives to ensure our youth of today can become the leaders of tomorrow.
Educate and Engage Citizens
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.
Address Community Needs
WIPPS works to enhance the civic life of our communities. We facilitate research, cultivate future leaders and work with citizens and communities to address local, state and national public policy issues that matter.
Substance Abuse: It’s Everybody’s Business
Substance Abuse: It's Everybody's Business brought together national experts to examine the neurobiology of addiction and its impact on workforce, families, and community well-being. Multiple recovery perspectives were presented based on evidence-based strategies and best practices.
Building a healthy democracy takes time and energy – and we can only achieve this with the help of young people who are civically engaged and care about helping others.
Chairman, David R. Obey Civic Resource Center