Duffy Community Partnerships
Our Duffy Community Partnerships program—named for the late James Duffy ’49, the former president of ABC—is rooted in relationships with dozens of local agencies, civic offices, and service organizations. Students apply for admission to a sociology class that serves as their home base. They’re placed with a partner organization for a full term, completing 90 hours of work, gaining professional skills, completing a time-sensitive project, and studying the social, cultural, and economic forces at work in their field. Some students go on to conduct (and often publish) summer research that emerges from their experience.
We offer a range of service-learning courses that give students hands-on experience working with (or conducting research for) local organizations. One example: In our Psychology Practicum, students complete internships at local schools, clinics, service agencies, and more—and reflect and report on the experience with classmates, professors, and members of the organization.
Belmark Associates is a student-managed market research firm, founded by students in 1985 and currently housed in our Center for Entrepreneurship. Assisted by faculty mentors and advisors, students design and implement research, share their results, and make recommendations. One recent example: A small team of students and Professors Laura Grube and Brian Morello conducted demographic research for Acts Housing, a regional nonprofit that helps low-income families purchase and renovate homes. Other clients include the First National Bank of Beloit, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and the Beloit Convention and Visitors Bureau.