Community Organizations the Focus of Feb. 19 Lecture at UW-Waukesha


WAUKESHA – Kathleen Patrón will present “Common Ground – Transforming Lives, Changing Communities” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

The lecture, which takes place in Commons 101, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available during the lecture. UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha.Kathleen Patron

Kathleen Patrón, associate organizer of Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground, will lead the discussion about community organizing. Patrón will address three questions: Why organize a group like Common Ground?  How do you build a strong community organization?  What do you do with the organization once it is built?

Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground is a multi-county organization of diverse religious, labor, non-profit, education and small business organizations dedicated to serving as an alliance that acts with power in the public arena for the common good. Common Ground is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization directed by a team of leaders from participating institutions and a professional organizing staff. Common Ground is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest community organizing network in the United States with 63 affiliates in the USA, Canada, England and Germany.

Patrón graduated from Marquette University in 2010. She has worked for Common Ground since 2011. As an associate organizer, she worked with Common Ground’s housing campaign, Milwaukee Rising in Milwaukee’s Northside neighborhood of Sherman Park. To date, more than 50 previously foreclosed homes have been rehabilitated. Recently, Patrón has transitioned into a new position with Common Ground. As of January 2014, she is organizing Milwaukee County south of I-94 and will be focusing primarily on the Fair Play campaign that is trying to renovate the athletic facilities in Milwaukee County schools and parks. 

More information about Common Ground can be found at

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Andy Turner