Below is a list of organizations that might be of interest to members of the academic staff at UW-Madison. Membership in any of these organizations is not required.
ASPRO (Academic Staff Professionals Representation Organization) is a non-profit, professional organization that represents the UW-System academic staff and their interests with the State Legislature, the Governor’s office, the Board of Regents, and the general public. ASPRO is the official lobbying and public relations arm of the academic staff. It is not a union nor does it negotiate or bargain terms of employment. ASPRO was formed by the Academic Staff Assembly.
LASA (Latinx Academic Staff Association) is a group that advocates, supports advancement, and provides a social network for the UW Latinx community. Its priorities include: creating a supportive community that nurtures Latinx as a visible and viable part of the UW environment, advocating for the needs and concerns of the UW Latinx community, collaborating with other cultural and ethnic groups to promote our common missions, celebrating the diversity and richness of the Latinx community to highlight the multiplicity of cultural identities among our people, and providing social and cultural programs that relate to Latinx communities.
MASN (Madison Academic Staff Network) is an organization of members of the academic staff of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW- Madison). It aims to further the professional status of the Madison academic staff, share ideas on items of mutual interest relating to professional status, conditions of employment, and compensation, and to establish communications with other identifiable university groups having similar objectives. It is not a union nor does it negotiate or bargain terms of employment. (This organization was formerly known as the Madison Academic Staff Association, or MASA.)
SPA (Madison Student Personnel Association) is a Madison-area association of current and aspiring higher education professionals which facilitates collaboration and networking to support one another and enhance the student experience.
UFAS (United Faculty and Academic Staff) is a labor union democratically organized to represent its members who are faculty, academic staff, and postdoctoral fellows at the UW-Madison and UW-Extension. UFAS is an independent affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, Local #223, AFL-CIO. It does not negotiate contracts, but does provide other member services, such as legal representation. It is not a certified representative of faculty or academic staff or postdoctoral fellows.
UW Faculty and Staff Christian Fellowship is dedicated to encouraging and equipping Christian faculty and staff at the UW-Madison to be a redeeming influence among the people, ideas, and structures of the university.
WUU (Wisconsin University Union) is an independent association of faculty and academic staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our purpose is to promote the values of our members in the operation of this institution. WUU’s core values reflect a commitment to democracy—an order of free and equal persons who determine the conditions of their own association.