Community Engagement Team
Dadit Gunarwanto Hidayat, Ph.D., is a Community System Lead with the All of Us Research Program. Trained as a community-based researcher, Dr. Hidayat has been in higher education civic engagement for over a decade. Through various community-academic partnerships, he has been uniquely situated as an academic (mainly through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies) and a nonprofit advocate (most recently with Kids Forward, a Madison-based policy and advocacy organization). Having experience on both sides of the partnership has shaped his approach to managing the power dynamics of everyone involved for impactful collaboration that is deeply rooted in diverse ideas.
His work has focused on the interconnection between community engagement and scientific research. He believes that community engagement is not, and should not be, a mere extension of, or an add-on to, scientific research. Community engagement is fundamentally at the core of every research activity, producing actionable findings and advancing positive social change.
Dr. Hidayat is a two-time Badger, having earned a Ph.D. from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. A first-generation immigrant from Indonesia, when not working, Dadit spends time with his wife navigating their multiculturalism while raising their two children.
Samantha joined the AoU team in January 2021 after moving to Madison from South Bend, Indiana. She has a long history of working in community organizations and is committed to building bridges to reach historically underserved groups. As a Community Engagement Specialist within the AoU community engagement team, she will be seeking to increase the program’s reach to senior citizens.
Tyson has been a community advocate and worker since 2009. He has rooted himself in the Madison community and established rich relationships across the area. He has been active in governmental roles through Dane County as well as Equity and inclusion work with organizations like Common Wealth Development and UW Health. He currently holds a joint appointment with the AoU Research Program and with the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity, keeping colleagues in both programs apprised of multiple community-academic partnerships he is advancing in Dane County. He helped established our AoU UW CAB in Madison and our partnerships with the Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association and the East Madison Community Center, among others.
Sarah joined the AoU-UW team in late August 2022 as a Community Outreach Specialist and will focus on outreach to the LGBTQ+ and disability communities. Sarah comes to AoU with a background in organizational member engagement, client services, event planning, and project management, and in 2014 founded a community organization for filmmakers.