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MCW Community Engaged Scholars Immersion Program

*Application deadline extended through March 31, 2024*

2023 Immersion Program Group Photo
The MCW Office of Community Engagement invites academic and community-based researchers, clinicians, and learners looking to deepen and expand their existing community engagement practice to apply to this program to explore community engagement in an immersive format.

This 3-day program focuses on the foundational elements necessary for creating successful, sustainable, and authentic community-academic partnerships. During this experience, participants will learn the principles and processes of community engagement and community engaged research (CEnR), learn from community partners' experiences with community-academic partnerships, engage in discussion with researchers who have developed and maintained partnerships, and explore approaches to relationship development. Participants will conclude the program with various community engagement tools gleaned from workshops, panels, networking, reflections, and discussions.

What You Need to Know

Please be aware that program participants are selected from an application process and space is limited. If you are selected, further information will be provided to the email you indicate on the application.

*Application extended deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2024*

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Please email Sarah O'Connor, program director, Office of Community Engagement at with any questions or concerns.

submit immersion program application

Applicant Criteria

Applicant Criteria

  1. Be a researcher, clinician, or learner committed to building capacity for community engagement
  2. Have at least one year of graduate-level study and experience partnering with communities
  3. Have a willingness to be culturally humble
  4. Be available to participate in the entire experience 
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the importance of community assets as a key component in community-academic partnerships (K) 
  2. Examine personal self-awareness and accountability as a community engagement practitioner (C) 
  3. Identify various principles that help support and create strong community-academic partnerships (C) 
  4. Explain your capacity to be community engaged (S)  
  5. Formulate ways to stack your personal goals, research priorities, and community engagement philosophies
    for future objectives (S)  
  6. Apply foundational elements of partnership development to partnerships that you’ve built in the past or
    intend to pursue in the future  (Ap) 

Bloom’s Taxonomy (Bloom, 1956) – K- Knowledge C-Comprehend Ap-Apply S-Synthesize E-Evaluate 



Please follow the link to submit an application.

*Application Extended Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2024*

submit immersion program application


Monday, July 22 - Wednesday, July 24, 2024

  • The program consists of day-long sessions beginning Monday, July 22 and running through Wednesday, July 24.
  • An evening session will also occur on Tuesday, July 23.



The cost to attend the program is $150 which is nonrefundable and will be charged once participants are notified of their acceptance. 

MCW’s Office of Community Engagement is committed to helping develop the skillsets of people who wish to further their careers as community engaged professionals. As part of this commitment, we will waive program cost if it prevents participation. Once you have been accepted to the immersion program, OCE will work with applicants for whom the $150 is unattainable.

Please note: spots are limited, advance registration is required.




All hotels are within walking distance to the Fiserv Forum, as well as many new restaurants, bars, and breweries.

Participants are welcome to make overnight arrangements based on their own preferences and budget aided by whatever their personal mode of transportation allows.


The Brewhouse Inn & Suites: 1215 N. 10th St., Milwaukee, WI 53205

Hyatt Place Milwaukee Downtown: 800 W. Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Aloft Milwaukee Downtown: 1230 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212



  • Travel to and from airports/trains/buses, etc. will be the responsibility of the registrant.
  • Transportation will be provided from hotel to community locations during the week at no cost to the participants. In order to utilize this service, you must be present at the hotel during pick up and drop off times each day.

Air Travel

Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport is located approximately 20 minutes from the hotels listed and approximated 25 minutes from the Medical College of Wisconsin. For more information on airlines and transportation, visit the Mitchell Airport website

Train Travel

The Milwaukee Intermodal Station offers Amtrak train service and is located approximately 10 minutes from the hotels listed and 15 minutes from the Medical College of Wisconsin. For more information on train travel and features, visit the Amtrak website

Taxi and other transportation services

Travel to and from the airport/home is your responsibility. Taxis are available at the airport and intermodal station. Uber and Lyft are also available. 

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