Given the complexity of a holistic engagement with the impacts—both current and future—of the pandemic, a faculty working group was established with representation from 12 departments and from the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Letters & Science, School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Ecology, School of Medicine and Public Health, and the International Division. In addition to UW–Madison faculty and staff, Professors Dana Cook (Marquette University) and Michelle Mellenthin (Colorado Mesa University) were also part of the working group.

The partnership was led by faculty co-advisors, Paul Block (College of Engineering) and Janis Tupesis (School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Global Health Institute), and administered by the International Projects Office—Dr. Elise Ahn, Rebecca Alcock, and Emily Lakeman. 

Based on their expertise, this group provided ad hoc consultation for different UNDP country teams regarding country COVID-19 response.