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Conference Location: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI, 53706.


Sunday, April 8


2:00 - 5:00 pm


EPIC-N Leadership Meeting (Room 309)
This meeting is targeted at established programs or actively interested University program staff. 

5:00 - 7:00 pm


Registration and welcome reception (Alumni Lounge)

Dinner on your own.

Monday, April 9


7:30 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 9:45 am
Registration and Breakfast (Alumni Lounge)
Matthew Mayrl, Office of the Chancelor, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Keynote Presentation: Rebecca Ryan
“The Future of Cities - What’s the University’s Role?”
Moderator: Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin - Madison

9:45 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 12:30 pm


Room 325
Concurrent Sessions
Informal break during sessions.
1A: Established programs roundtable workshop: Where are we? (Room 309)
Established programs will have opportunities to hear from one another. Dialogue will be inclusive and illustrative of the similarities and differences of EPIC Program problems and successes. Time will be provided to dive deep into personal priorities. The session will generate a map describing the cumulative EPIC Network’s position and vision.
Moderator: Marc Schlossberg, University of Oregon
1B: EPIC Model 101 for New Programs and Local Governments (Room 325)
Learn the nuts and bolts of operating an EPIC program, including benefits to university and community participants, funding models, internal program management, course selection, project-matching, and lessons learned.
Presenters: Nico Larco, University of Oregon, and Courtney Griesel, City of Springfield, Oregon
Moderator: Nico Larco, University of Oregon

12:30 - 1:30 pm


Lunch (Alumni Lounge)

1:30 - 3:15 pm
Office hours for new programs in Alcove 337. Sign up for a time at: bit.ly/epicofficehours.
Session 2: International EPIC Program Partners Panel (Room 325)
Learn about efforts to replicate the EPIC model internationally. Focus on similarities and key differences between US programs and those in Mexico and sub-Saharan Africa.
Presenters: Rejane Magiag Loura, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Júlio De Marco, Belo Horizonte Local Government; Adalberto Avelar Garcia Rojas, UABC Ensenada, Mexico; Jared Gutierrez Lopez, City of Ensenada, Mexico; Edna Odhiambo, University of Nairobi; Gilbert Siame, University of Zambia; Kristofer Patrón-Soberano, San Diego State University
Discussants: Courtney Griesel, City of Springfield, Oregon; Marc Schlossberg, University of Oregon; Nico Larco, University of Oregon; Kristofer Patrón-Soberano, San Diego State University; Andrea Fox, ICMA; and Anthony Socci, US EPA
Moderator:  Jessica Barlow, San Diego State University

3:15 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 4:45 pm


Walking Tours
Sign up for one of the following tours at registration. Both will start/end in the Pyle Center lobby and include a modest incline up Bascom Hill. Dress comfortably for the weather:
  1. Bascom Hill Historic District Tour: Learn about how the history of the University ties in with the history of the State of Wisconsin.
  2. Native American Effigy Mounds: Explore two Woodland Indian effigy mounds. One is a bird and the other is a two-tailed “water spirit.” Limit of 20 people.

6:00 - 6:30 pm

Boardman/Clark, 4th Fl, US Bank Plaza, 1 South Pinckney St
The US Bank Plaza sits directly on the Wisconsin State Capitol square and is an easy 0.8 mile walk from the Pyle Center. Please enter the building through the doors facing the Capitol and take the elevators up to the 4th floor.  A shuttle will be available starting at 5:40pm outside of the Pyle Center to take attendees as needed and will also bring guests back after dinner. Full shuttle details at registration table.

6:30 - 8:00 pm


Dinner and Evening Event


Tuesday, April 10


7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast (Room 325)

8:30 - 9:30 am

EPIC Update (Room 325)

9:30 - 9:45 am


9:45 - 11:30 am
















Concurrent Sessions
3A: From Service-Learning to Community-Engaged Learning: Digging into a Participatory Approach (Room 325)
In this session, we will peel back the traditional model of working with city staff and explore ways programs are meaningfully engaging community members and developing more participatory approaches. Panelists will also describe how they gain trust in the community, and other outreach efforts to communicate with the community. 
Presenters: Gavin Luter, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with Jerome Dillard, Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing and Eric Howland, Madison Organizing in Strength, Equity and Solidarity; Jane Rogan, Indiana University, with Whitney Sewell, Orange County Cooperative Development Corporation and Misty Weisensteiner, Orange County Economic Development Partnership; Travis Kraus, the University of Iowa; and Jaimie Hicks Masterson, Texas A&M University.
Moderator: Jaimie Hicks Masterson, Texas A&M University
3B: Funding and Budgeting Workshop (Room 309)
EPIC programs require resources to implement—and they’re worth every dollar. But where do those dollars come from? This session will share the variety of methods that are used to fund and support different partnership models. Panelists will provide an overview of how their individual programs are funded, what costs they cover, and how they develop their budgets. Individual panelists will include university program managers and a city partner who will engage with attendees in small groups to discuss any specific questions and approaches, with an eye on how to successfully fund an EPIC partnership.
Presenters: Megan Banks, University of Oregon; Fletcher Alexander, California State University, Chico; Daniel Fernandez, California State University, Monterey Bay; Brendan Ottoboni, City of Chico, CA
Moderator: Megan Banks, University of Oregon

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Lunch (Alumni Lounge)

12:30 - 2:15 pm

Session 4: EPIC Evaluation: Measuring ‘Civic Mindedness’ and Community Change (Room 325)
This session explores how two programs have assessed the qualitative impacts of EPIC-inspired community-university partnerships on participating students and local government partners. Representatives from EPIC-N will also describe survey instruments available for use by EPIC programs.
Presenters: Branden Born, University of Washington; Cynthia Matthias, University of Minnesota; Mike Greco, University of Minnesota
Moderator: Mike Greco, University of Minnesota

2:15 - 2:30 pm


2:30 - 4:15 pm


Office hours for new programs in Alcove 337.  Sign up for a time at: bit.ly/epicofficehours.
Concurrent Sessions
5A: Communications and Social Media (Room 325)
Effective internal and external communication is critical to the successful management of EPIC-N partnerships, for attracting resources, to deepen existing, and to build new community relationships. This session will highlight best practices for communications and outreach, outline how EPIC-N can assist network members and their partners to implement them, and showcase communication-specific insights from the successful university-city partnership in Chico, CA. There will be plenty of time for discussions and Q&A.
Presenters: Marc Schlossberg, University of Oregon; Marshall Curry, University of Oregon; Fletcher Alexander, California State University, Chico; Brendan Ottoboni, City of Chico, California
Moderator: Emanuel Ubert, University of Wisconsin
5B: Getting the Most out of the Match between Local Governments and Students (Room 309)
Local government representatives from four communities will discuss their experience implementing an EPIC program, from the community perspective. Speakers will highlight how they translate needs and defined problems into a scope of work; best practices for facilitating work between local government staff, faculty and students during the program; and lessons learned from their partnerships.
Presenters: Lisa MacKinnon and Ela Kakde, Dane County Board of Supervisors, Wisconsin; Sonja Kruesel, City of Monona, Wisconsin; Jeb Doran, TriMet, Portland, Oregon; Courtney Griesel, City of Springfield, Oregon.
Moderator: Leslie Orrantia, University of Wisconsin, Madison

5:00 - 6:00 pm


UW Global Health Institute Annual Symposium: Advancing Health in Uncertain Times: “Deadly Foes: Why Mosquitoes and Ticks Matter to Global Health,” Professor Susan Paskewitz, Co-Director, Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease.

Union South, 1308 W Dayton St

6:00 - 7:00 pm


Cocktail hour with PechaKucha Presentations
Union South, 1308 W Dayton St., Varsity Hall 1
PechaKucha is a dynamic format for sharing information, where each presenter uses 20 images, each for 20 seconds. 
Take the free 80 bus - pick-up in front of Memorial Union every ~10 minutes, get off at Linden & Charter and walk 2.5 blocks to Union South. Dinner on your own. 

Wednesday, April 11


7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast (Room 325)

8:30 - 12:00 pm



Concurrent Sessions
Informal break during sessions.
6A: Train-the-Trainers: EPIC Model Experts (Room 309)
This session provides training for those ​who would like to help lead future EPIC replication workshops or conduct university site visits to help introduce or launch new EPIC programs. Eligibility: This session is intended for those who direct or manage an established EPIC program at a university or for local government staff who have successfully ​collaborated with an EPIC program for at least one full year.
Speaker: Marc Schlossberg, University of Oregon
6B: Just Start Session (Room 325)
This is a special work session for newly-forming partnerships to receive customized assistance to help move forward. We have found that new partnerships can develop substantially at this time, particularly because they can receive focused help from others who have already successfully adopted and adapted the EPIC model for their community and university contexts. This is a working session to “just start,” and we will support you along the way.
Speakers: Jessica Barlow, San Diego State University, and Courtney Griesel, City of Springfield, Oregon

12:00 - 3:00 pm

EPIC Network Leadership Meeting and Priority Workshop (Room 325)
Includes working lunch. This meeting is targeted at established programs or actively interested University program staff.