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Badger Bridge fosters connections among alumni

September 26, 2016
Here's a chance to help your current and future fellow Badgers.

Badger Bridge, a LinkedIn-style networking site, is live and can be used to connect with other UW-Madison alumni. Designed for UW-Madison, the site facilitates connections that can help expand professional networks.

Many alumni have expertise about an industry or profession, and are eager to share that information, says David Nelson, director of alumni at the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

"Badger Bridge allows alumni to post their degree and professional ​information so others, students as well as other alumni, may reach out for resources," he continues.

BadgerBridgeAd-02 copy-editedWhen a person sets up a Badger Bridge profile, if a LinkedIn profile exists, Badger Bridge will pull that information in, making signing up easy. One step in the signup process is to indicate whether you are willing to help other Badgers make connections. This might be answering questions about education and ​employment, linking students with internships or reviewing resumes.

"We want to help Badgers help Badgers," Nelson says. "The network exists and is only open to people from UW-Madison. You can use it as often or as rarely as you choose."

The Wisconsin Alumni Association had been looking for a way to help Badgers stay connected. This professional networking project makes access easier for all alumni and allows people to engage with each other at the level they choose. For example, students may feel reluctant to reach out to an alum with questions, but once a person has indicated a willingness to help, that process is easier, Nelson says.

To learn more or to sign up, go to Badger Bridge
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