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Thinking Forward Together

What is thinking forward together? 

As the Wisconsin Union works toward completing a seven year process of rebuilding Union South and renovating the Memorial Union, an incredible opportunity is seen for creating an ever more positive impact on our community. The Thinking Forward Together process seeks to engage that community in a dialogue to work towards determining ways the Union can maximize that positive impact.

Using a variety of methods and hoping to connect with as many constituents as possible, the Union seeks to identify current strengths, the variety of ways that it might build upon those strengths, and co-author, with the community, how those strengths and opportunities inform what the Wisconsin Union should aspire to be.

Thinking Forward Together Video

Thinking Forward Together Video

Get a visual tour of the Wisconsin Union's progress on our Thinking Forward Together process.  This edition focuses on our strengths as a Union, and we're excited to share them with you!  

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Identified Strengths Of The Wisconsin Union

Identified Strengths Of The Wisconsin Union

Location/Spaces -- Welcoming, clean and accessible spaces that many in the community feel ownership and pride for
Events/Services -- Where there is always something going on, a place to go when you do not know where else to go
Trust in Students -- UW Students get a wide variety of  learning experiences, paid and unpaid, while creating Union programs and providing services
Community Passion -- A highly valued infrastructure, demonstrated use of the facilities, and highly committed Union Membership
Committed & Knowledgeable Staff -- Committed, knowledgeable and capable to meet both the daily and extraordinary challenges of being UW-Madison's social center

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Take Our Quick Survey

Answer just four questions. Your input will help inform our process and the conversation as we move forward. Check back often, we will change the survey as we gather more information…

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Union Strengths Collages

Union Strengths Collages

Take a look at visual representations of Wisconsin Union strengths in collages created by students and staff.

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Determining Union Strengths

Determining Union Strengths

See what came up when we asked, "What three-word sentence describes the Union for you?"

What's A Word Cloud?  

 A Word Cloud  (wordl.net) – the larger, more prominent the word, the more often it occurred in the cumulative document of all answers to the question.

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