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We are eager to collaborate with student organizations and other departments to support student health and wellness.

If your organization or department is interested in collaborating with our office, please contact Beth-Anne Guthrie, Assistant Director of Health Services for Health Education & Promotion, at 508-910-6965 or by email early in your planning stages to discuss how we may be of assistance and to allow for the greatest amount of time possible for partnership.

Read more below about what collaboration means to us:

Collaboration Continuum

At this end of the spectrum, organizations/departments may have similar or identical missions and goals, but they don't do anything about it. They just exist. They may or may not even know about each other. They may duplicate each others' efforts or even compete with each other for the same resources.

Organizations/departments realize that other groups may be sympathetic to the goals of an event that they have planned.  A member of the group that has an event planned contacts the group that has a similar mission and asks for support of the planned event. If the approached group is supportive, they may agree to give funds and to publicize the event among their own membership. Generally, co-sponsorships are recognized by all supporters' names and/or logos being added to publicity materials for the event. Technically, nobody from either group would ever have to meet each other!

Organizations/departments try to make sure that their efforts don't conflict with or duplicate the efforts of other groups who are doing similar things. Groups may coordinate through listsevs, an events calendar, or through other forms of communication. Groups might set up their events so that they appear in a logical sequence with each other and try not to detract from each other's efforts. Small groups of members may meet with each other, mainly because they are trying to find out how to "not step on each other's toes.

Organizations/departments realize that they each have something different to offer the same cause. They make the effort to develop specific programs that will complement each other's efforts. Each group contributes a separate and distinct piece of the overall puzzle...they fit together precisely, but they are still separate. It is more likely that members of each group meet each other, because they want to figure out how the "puzzle pieces" will fit together.

Organizations/departments recognize that they have similar missions. The groups explore the idea of collaborating—working together—on envisioning, planning, and implementing and effort that fulfills the goals of both groups. A separate "Collaborative" sub-committee may be created with members of both groups. Sub-committee members get to know each other well, and introduce members from the groups to each other. The process of working together is the defining characteristic of true collaboration.

(Adapted from materials created by the UW-Madison University Health Services.)


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