Who We Are
UW–Madison’s Office of State Relations builds relationships while developing and implementing strategies to advance the university’s priorities with the state legislature, the governor, state agencies and the people of Wisconsin.
We connect you to the latest campus and UW System news, resources about Wisconsin’s biennial (two-year) budget process, and engaging outreach programs that help spread the Wisconsin Idea across the state.
Meet the State Relations team.
What We Do
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Government Relations & Advocacy
The Office of State Relations serves as the point of contact for state government relations, including the governor’s office, state legislature and state agencies. UW–Madison aims to share the work of the university in a variety of ways, including through the creation and implementation of statewide advocacy efforts on behalf of the university. State Relations leads campus advocacy and lobbying efforts around the state budget and higher education legislation in the Wisconsin State Legislature.
State Relations brings the impact of UW–Madison closer to our partners across Wisconsin through research presentations, roundtables, community visits and more. In addition to supporting the university as public citizens, many UW–Madison researchers, faculty and staff also help bolster the image of the university through outreach. Each day, members of our campus community extend the knowledge, expertise, and resources of the institution through outreach activities held throughout the state.
See our work on campus and across Wisconsin in the Outreach Gallery.
UW Connects helps spread the Wisconsin Idea across the state through outreach programs that connect the campus community with residents, schools, businesses and community leaders.
- Badger Talks shares the latest UW–Madison discoveries and engages residents throughout Wisconsin in their own communities, on topics they care about.
- Bucky’s Classroom provides teachers, students and educational leaders with UW–Madison classroom resources, as well as an opportunity to directly engage with university students about pre-college preparedness, college access and career exploration.
- Badger Ambassadors helps UW students share their experiences through small and large presentations and events with organizations, groups, schools and businesses.
Learn more about UW Connects.
UW Changes Lives
UW–Madison is committed to serving the students of Wisconsin. By keeping our world-class education accessible and affordable for in-state students, we can continue to change lives.
17,503 Undergraduate Students from Wisconsin
6,011 Graduate Students from Wisconsin
1,950 Bucky’s Tuition Promise and Badger Promise Students
169,550 Total State Alumni