Community Engagement Center

Community Engagement Center


-The CEC welcomes new director Elizabeth Thelen. Click here for her biography. 

-The JOIDES Exhibit scheduled for Saturday, January 21 has been canceled. The exhibit will be open on February 4 and February 18.

-The JOIDES Resolution exhibit has docked at the CEC! Bring your class, bring your kids, bring your friends, for a science exhibit like no other. Click here to register for a tour. The exhibit, complete with inflated boat, will be open to the general public on February 4 and February 18 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. For those specific dates, a pre-arranged tour is not needed. You can also visit the exhibit without a pre-arranged tour from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm most weekdays, but please be advised that the boat may not be inflated. If you have any questions, reach out to Sarah Treadwell at 

About the Community Engagement Center


Unparalleled resources for successful meetings and events to help move our community forward.  Nearly 11,000 sq ft of newly renovated space available for meetings for groups of 2 to >200.


The University of Wisconsin‐Whitewater Community Engagement Center’s Mission, in keeping with the Wisconsin Idea manifests the general principle: that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom by promoting and coordinating services, learning opportunities, and innovation for communities that are historically underserved. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this “Idea” has become the guiding philosophy of university outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world.

The UW‐Whitewater Community Engagement Center is a one‐of‐a‐kind place, designed to combine great ideas and organizations with the boundless energy of the UW‐Whitewater campus. Every day , in our meeting rooms, hallways, and offices, people build mutually beneficial collaborations and find creative ways to make a difference in our community.

View our Community Engagement Center Advisory Committee Charter for more information.

Core Principles

The Community Engagement Center builds on the university’s long history of community involvement and service by working with community partners to:

  • Support collaborative university‐community partnerships built on trust and reciprocity
  • Ensure the university is responsive to and positively impacts the surrounding community
  • Ensure that community engagement remains central to the University’s core academic mission
  • Serve as a catalyst to create new opportunities for student success

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