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.
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.
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.
The Washington Seminar, a 3-week summer course led and taught by UW Colleges faculty, provides an up-close and personal view of the workings of government, with access to congressional and executive leaders, lobbyists and other policy-influencers.
Public Issues Series
WIPPS brings together people with diverse perspectives to discuss issues that matter to the community. Through our Public Issues Series, we openly address hot-button issues on a variety of topics – from the school voucher program, health care reform and income gap disparities to the impact of big money in elections.
Veninga Lecture Series
Veninga’s vision was to bring nationally acclaimed experts in the field to address topics that often are emotionally charged. Although he died in January 2014, his vision lives on through all of WIPPS programs, but most especially through his namesake religion and society lecture series.
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