Centers of Excellence

 Our Centers

Center for Child and Family Well-Being
Seeking to respond to critical issues faced by family members and those who serve them, the Center for Child and Family Well-Being is a vehicle through which the University is able to create and share knowledge as well as capitalize on external expertise to promote healthy human development and family life. This multidisciplinary Center works with researchers and policymakers in state and federal government, foundations and community-based nonprofit organizations to help achieve its goals.

IMG_0673Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies
The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, or CommNS, builds capacity and knowledge in community and nonprofit studies through the integration of action and applied research, education, outreach and engagement. It provides an inspiring place for UW faculty and CommNS affiliates to conduct groundbreaking applied research examining key issues in communities, create outstanding informational exchanges that promote best practices, and encourage innovative thinking that develops new strategies through participatory research and community engagement.

Center for Design and Material Culture
The Center for Design and Material Culture promotes learning, exploration, outreach, and community engagement related to design and material culture through stewardship and administration of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and Ruth Davis Design Gallery. Using designed objects as primary sources for research and exhibitions, we invite faculty, students and the community-at-large to explore art, design, and the built environment within the context of society and the natural environment.

Center for Financial Security
Supporting applied research on household finance and financial capability, the Center for Financial Security (CFS) examines the role that specific programs, policies, and products can play in helping individuals navigate the increasingly complex financial marketplace. CFS faculty and staff have extensive experience in program development, evaluation, and applied research in partnership with organizations ranging from community-based nonprofits to large public agencies.

Kohl’s Center for Retailing
The Kohl’s Center for Retailing strives to nurture a synergistic relationship between the retail industry, their partners, and the world-class faculty, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  This relationship is to be built on the highest ethical standards and dedicated to improving the lives of consumers, productivity of the industry, and elevating the status of retail by fueling innovation and competition in the market place.

4W Initiative
Housed in the Centers of Excellence, the 4W Initiative is a research to action campus-wide collaboration led by SoHE, GHI and Gender and Women’s Studies.

Centers Staff

Mary Beth Collins, Director of Centers Research and Public Affairs
Andrea PlassmanAdministration Specialist
Alan Talaga, Communications / Videography
Emma Wiessner, Student Hourly


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