UW IT Connects

UW IT Connects recognizes that people are the highest value of a successful information and technology organization, and given that the information and technology community at UW–‍Madison is highly distributed, UW IT Connects and the individual groups therein provide diverse engagement, leadership, relationship building, and professional development opportunities for our community to learn and grow together.

Sponsored by the Office of the CIO and Vice Provost of Information Technology in partnership with campus affiliates, UW IT Connects cultivates a robust, diverse, and engaged community through information sharing, professional development events, and opportunities to build strong relationships within the information and technology communities across the university.

Why UW IT Connects?

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UW IT Connects serves campus IT professionals by

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Promoting individual career growth
  • Fostering an environment of leadership
  • Building relationships across campus
  • Facilitating information-sharing among peers
  • Providing diverse programming centered around engagement and learning

Leading, Learning, Connecting

UW Women in IT (UW WIT)

Advocates for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the field of Information Technology.

Leadership Improv

Learn and practice improvisational skills that help tackle difficult situations in a technology leader’s daily work.

IT Leadership Program (ITLP)

Professional development program enhancing senior staff through opportunities, perspectives, and relationships.

UW IT Mentoring

Pairs new or current employees with experienced peers who have skills & knowledge relevant to the mentee’s needs.

IT Professionals Steering Committee

A group of individuals from across campus that fosters an inclusive IT community at UW–‍Madison and advocates, elevates and tailors content for all IT and IT-adjacent professionals at the university.

Information & Technology Leadership Conference

Join other information and technology professionals each year at UW‑Madison’s Union South.

IT Professionals Conference

Forge meaningful connections among campus IT staff around timely topics. Organized by campus IT professionals for campus IT professionals.

ITLP Forward

Supports incoming ITLP cohorts with activities that answer common questions, engage in program work and reinforce ITLP goals.

UW–‍Madison IT Recognition Awards

The IT Recognition Awards honor information technology professionals at UW–‍Madison who excel at their work and strengthen our community.

UW‍–‍Madison Information Security Team (MIST)

Join MIST and have your voice heard. This collaborative group of campus IT staff and management helps to promote information security at UW–‍Madison.

IT Related Communities of Practice

  • Accessible Technology Advisory Group (ATAG) – A group of faculty and staff working to raise campus capacity to support Digital Accessibility at UW–‍Madison.
  • Agile – A group for professionals who want to improve skills, expand minds, and continuously raise the day-to-day effectiveness and satisfaction of teams across campus.
  • Campus AD Community (Microsoft Teams) – The goal of the group is to be an informal place for discussion for the everyday administrators of their department’s AD instance or OU within Campus Active Directory.
  • data science @ uw Carpentries Community – The UW–‍Madison Data Science Hub and the Carpentries partner to offer data and software training for researchers.
  • data science @ uw Machine Learning CommunityThe goal of this community of practice is to bring together machine learning (ML) practitioners, novice and experienced, across a variety of departments and disciplines.
  • Data Wonks – A space for individuals who work with data and technology at UW–‍Madison.
  • Design Community – Teaching user experience design skills so partners can create better digital experiences.
  • DevSecOps – A group for people interested in DevSecOps in the UW–‍Madison Community.
  • Digital Accessibility Community of Practice – A group for professionals who are working to improve digital accessibility at UW–‍Madison.
  • Distributed Developers – This is a space for Distributed Developers across campus to chat and collaborate.
  • Event producers group (EPG) – A group to discuss relevant topics related to the production of in person, hybrid, or virtual events. We have an active Teams Channel, a book club, and social networking time designed to connect with one another, troubleshoot, and support each other in the post-COVID event landscape.
  • PowerApps User Group – This group is for collaborating and community building around MS PowerApps.
  • Microsoft Teams User Group – This space empowers Teams users to openly discuss their use cases, questions, problems, innovations, and more.
  • Sharepoint Power Users – This space is for community building, collaboration, and questions around MS Sharepoint.
  • UW–‍Madison Endpoint Management – A collaborative space for campus IT to share and learn about endpoint management tools and best practices.
  • WebEx User Group – This group is for users to discuss questions, ideas, problems and updates
  • WordPress Users – This is a space for WordPress admins and editors to share their experiences, offer guidance, and ask questions of the larger group.

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UW IT Connects events

We are in the process of switching from an Outlook calendar to today.wisc.edu. For a short time we’ll have events in both places as we complete the change. The partial list below comes from today.wisc.edu. For the rest of our events, here is our Outlook calendar link.