University & Community Partnerships

University & Community Partnerships

Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships

The Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is the University of Pennsylvania's primary vehicle for community-oriented real-world problem solving. The center enlists the broad range of knowledge available at a research university in its efforts to help solve the complex, comprehensive and interconnected problems of the American city. By linking theory with application, the Center works to create a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the West Philadelphia community. Read more about Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships...

Center for Community and Economic Development

The Center for Community and Economic Development at Michigan State University in East Lansing operates with the express purpose of developing and applying knowledge to address the needs of society – primarily in distressed urban communities. Read more about Center for Community and Economic Development...

Center for Diversity and Democracy, University of Southern California

Through research, teaching, and civic engagement, the Center for Diversity and Democracy at the University of Southern California seeks to answer the question of how the world's diverse cities can overcome ethnic and religious tensions that are often present and instead maintain democratic and just communities in which individuals feel a shared citizenship.  The center strives to accomplish this goal through developing a faculty and student body that is representative of the local community and by creating partnerships with local, national, and international anchor institutions that are int Read more about Center for Diversity and Democracy, University of Southern California...

Center for Economic and Community Development

The Center works closely with Pennsylvania regions and communities on issues of economic development, land use, local government finance, and community asset building. Posted in its website are community profiles of economic and demographic indicators by county. Read more about Center for Economic and Community Development...

Center for Urban Initiatives and Research

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee has been a national leader in the movement to increase universities' community engagement. Its Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) provides research services and technical assistance to public and non-profit organizations in many areas, including strategic planning facilitation, survey research, and neighborhood analysis and mapping. Read more about Center for Urban Initiatives and Research...

Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University

The Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) of Loyola University Chicago connects Loyola faculty and students with community and nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and government agencies. By working closely with community leaders outside the university, the Center combines the knowledge and experience of both university researchers and non-academic individuals and organizations to effectively address community needs. Read more about Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University...

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership

The Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership began in 1996 as a way to engage Duke University and its people in a structured partnership with the surrounding community. To date, Duke has helped to raise more than $12 million to invest in its partner neighborhoods. Duke's work in this area includes support of affordable housing (including a $4 million investment in Self-Help, a community development lender), the operation of two community health centers, and an after-school program for at-risk students in local public schools. Read more about Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership...

EPICS-Engineering Projects in Community Service

Since its formation in the fall of 1995, over 2,000 Purdue students have participated in 150 projects. Each team has a multi-year partnership with a community group. Projects can focus on human services, access and abilities, education and outreach, or the environment. Purdue's EPICS program is a model in engineering for marrying learning and engagement and is headquarters for the National EPICS program. Today, EPICS programs are operating at 15 universities, with over 1,350 students participating on 140 teams in 2003-04. Read more about EPICS-Engineering Projects in Community Service...

Great Cities Institute

University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute (GCI) is a research center committed to creating, disseminating and applying interdisciplinary knowledge to urban affairs. It implements dozens of teaching, research and service programs designed to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Chicago and other urban areas. Among its programs is its Neighborhoods Initiative, which works with local community groups on health, technology, leadership development, and other issues of mutual concern.  Through this initiative, GCI serves as the group responsible for providing project management, community engagement, and evaluation around Chicago’s Participatory Budgeting Project, an effort that has engaged over 13,000 residents in 12 different communities around deciding how to spend over $18 million in public dollars.

Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD)

Established in 1962, the University of California at Berkeley-based Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) aims to advance knowledge and practice in ways that make cities and regions economically robust, socially inclusive, and environmentally resourceful.  To do so, it conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research and practical work focused on revealing the dynamics of communities, cities, and regions and informing public policy. Read more about Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD)...

Irwin W. Steans Center, DePaul University

The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning was founded to integrate the service concept into the University's curricula. DePaul's commitment to service is part of its Vincentian, Catholic, and Urban Mission: to foster through higher education a deep respect for the dignity of all persons, especially the materially, culturally, and spiritually deprived; and to instill in its students a dedication of service to others. Read more about Irwin W. Steans Center, DePaul University...

Old North Partnership Project (Univ. of Missouri)

Focused on integrating the Old North neighborhood's recent history with its more remote past, the Old North Partnership Project strives to revitalize the neighborhood and strengthen the sense of identity among residents by leveraging the area's historic capital. In addition to encouraging the historic preservation of the buildings, the Project is also committed to recording the oral history of local residents, developing a bicycle tour of the neighborhood, creating a community museum, and using archaeology to uncover more about Old North's history. Read more about Old North Partnership Project (Univ. of Missouri)...

Pagedale Development Project

A collaboration between the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, the School of Architecture, and the Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, Beyond Housing, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pagedale Development Project strives to create a long-term, sustainable revitalization of Pagedale, a lower-income, majority African American suburb of St. Louis County. The project will integrate a comprehensive asset-building strategy that includes the establishment of a grocery store, development of affordable housing, and management of IDAs. Read more about Pagedale Development Project...

Partnership for Community Development, Colgate University

Founded in 1998 as a partnership between Colgate University and the Town and Village of Hamilton, New York, the Partnership for Community Development has fostered small business development; provided design help and funding to improve building facades and streetscapes in the five-block business district of downtown Hamilton; helped restore the Village Green; and established retail and marketing support for local arts and crafts. To date, Colgate has provided $630,000 in funding, which has leveraged over $1.5 million from private sector, foundation, and government sources. Read more about Partnership for Community Development, Colgate University...

Rutgers Camden, Civic Engagement

Rutgers Camden campus has a wide variety of community programs. One of these efforts is the LEAP Academy, a K-12 charter school initiated by the university that is designed to accommodate up to 700 students as well as develop model practices for implementation in surrounding public schools. Read more about Rutgers Camden, Civic Engagement...

Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance

Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) is a partnership between Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford Hospital and Trinity College that works cooperatively with the community to develop leadership and improve the economic, physical and social characteristics of Hartford's Frog Hollow, Barry Square and South Green neighborhoods. The partnership has promoted homeownership, jobs for neighborhood residents, and community commercial development. Read more about Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance...

Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE)

Colorado State's Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office promotes leadership development, service-learning and volunteer opportunities. One of its programs is its Alternative Spring Break program, which places approximately 100 students a year in short-term intern positions with non-profit community groups from across the country. Read more about Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) ...

Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

The University of Louisville's Housing & Neighborhood Development Strategies (HANDS) is a multifaceted program bringing the University's resources to bear on the problems of an impoverished African-American neighborhood. HANDS includes case management, job training, leadership development, education, home ownership, and community design. Read more about Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods...

The Cornell-Ithaca Partnership Computer Project

The Cornell-Ithaca Partnership Computer Project aims to address the "digital divide" by providing under-served youth with opportunities to acquire computer skills and Internet access in their own neighborhood. Read more about The Cornell-Ithaca Partnership Computer Project...

University Northside Partnership

As a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and many others, including NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and Northside community organizations, the University Northside Partnership is an effort to improve the community of North Minneapolis' social and economic environment. Several objectives of this initiative include increasing job training and business opportunities, improving reading skills and learning outcomes for young children, and responding to the identified needs and interests of the community. Read more about University Northside Partnership...

University of Georgia, "Public Service and Outreach"

The University of Georgia has a broad vision of its public service mission. Current areas of concentration include anti-poverty initiatives, working with Georgia's Latino communities, economic development, and service learning. Read more about University of Georgia, "Public Service and Outreach"...

University of Utah, Lowell Bennion Community Service Center

Founded in 1987, the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center adheres to a team approach to recruiting, training, and selecting issues on which to focus. Through student leadership, volunteer participation grew dramatically (from 546 to 1,409 volunteers) in the first year. At last count, the Center had nearly 8,000 volunteers performing more than 250,000 hours of service to the community. Read more about University of Utah, Lowell Bennion Community Service Center...

University & Community Partnerships

Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships

The Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is the University of Pennsylvania's primary vehicle for community-oriented real-world problem solving. The center enlists the broad range of knowledge available at a research university in its efforts to help solve the complex, comprehensive and interconnected problems of the American city. By linking theory with application, the Center works to create a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the West Philadelphia community. Read more about Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships...

Center for Community and Economic Development

The Center for Community and Economic Development at Michigan State University in East Lansing operates with the express purpose of developing and applying knowledge to address the needs of society – primarily in distressed urban communities. Read more about Center for Community and Economic Development...

Center for Diversity and Democracy, University of Southern California

Through research, teaching, and civic engagement, the Center for Diversity and Democracy at the University of Southern California seeks to answer the question of how the world's diverse cities can overcome ethnic and religious tensions that are often present and instead maintain democratic and just communities in which individuals feel a shared citizenship.  The center strives to accomplish this goal through developing a faculty and student body that is representative of the local community and by creating partnerships with local, national, and international anchor institutions that are int Read more about Center for Diversity and Democracy, University of Southern California...

Center for Economic and Community Development

The Center works closely with Pennsylvania regions and communities on issues of economic development, land use, local government finance, and community asset building. Posted in its website are community profiles of economic and demographic indicators by county. Read more about Center for Economic and Community Development...

Center for Urban Initiatives and Research

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee has been a national leader in the movement to increase universities' community engagement. Its Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) provides research services and technical assistance to public and non-profit organizations in many areas, including strategic planning facilitation, survey research, and neighborhood analysis and mapping. Read more about Center for Urban Initiatives and Research...

Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University

The Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) of Loyola University Chicago connects Loyola faculty and students with community and nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and government agencies. By working closely with community leaders outside the university, the Center combines the knowledge and experience of both university researchers and non-academic individuals and organizations to effectively address community needs. Read more about Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University...

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership

The Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership began in 1996 as a way to engage Duke University and its people in a structured partnership with the surrounding community. To date, Duke has helped to raise more than $12 million to invest in its partner neighborhoods. Duke's work in this area includes support of affordable housing (including a $4 million investment in Self-Help, a community development lender), the operation of two community health centers, and an after-school program for at-risk students in local public schools. Read more about Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership...

EPICS-Engineering Projects in Community Service

Since its formation in the fall of 1995, over 2,000 Purdue students have participated in 150 projects. Each team has a multi-year partnership with a community group. Projects can focus on human services, access and abilities, education and outreach, or the environment. Purdue's EPICS program is a model in engineering for marrying learning and engagement and is headquarters for the National EPICS program. Today, EPICS programs are operating at 15 universities, with over 1,350 students participating on 140 teams in 2003-04. Read more about EPICS-Engineering Projects in Community Service...

Great Cities Institute

University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute (GCI) is a research center committed to creating, disseminating and applying interdisciplinary knowledge to urban affairs. It implements dozens of teaching, research and service programs designed to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Chicago and other urban areas. Among its programs is its Neighborhoods Initiative, which works with local community groups on health, technology, leadership development, and other issues of mutual concern.  Through this initiative, GCI serves as the group responsible for providing project management, community engagement, and evaluation around Chicago’s Participatory Budgeting Project, an effort that has engaged over 13,000 residents in 12 different communities around deciding how to spend over $18 million in public dollars.

Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD)

Established in 1962, the University of California at Berkeley-based Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) aims to advance knowledge and practice in ways that make cities and regions economically robust, socially inclusive, and environmentally resourceful.  To do so, it conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research and practical work focused on revealing the dynamics of communities, cities, and regions and informing public policy. Read more about Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD)...

Irwin W. Steans Center, DePaul University

The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning was founded to integrate the service concept into the University's curricula. DePaul's commitment to service is part of its Vincentian, Catholic, and Urban Mission: to foster through higher education a deep respect for the dignity of all persons, especially the materially, culturally, and spiritually deprived; and to instill in its students a dedication of service to others. Read more about Irwin W. Steans Center, DePaul University...

Old North Partnership Project (Univ. of Missouri)

Focused on integrating the Old North neighborhood's recent history with its more remote past, the Old North Partnership Project strives to revitalize the neighborhood and strengthen the sense of identity among residents by leveraging the area's historic capital. In addition to encouraging the historic preservation of the buildings, the Project is also committed to recording the oral history of local residents, developing a bicycle tour of the neighborhood, creating a community museum, and using archaeology to uncover more about Old North's history. Read more about Old North Partnership Project (Univ. of Missouri)...

Pagedale Development Project

A collaboration between the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, the School of Architecture, and the Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, Beyond Housing, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pagedale Development Project strives to create a long-term, sustainable revitalization of Pagedale, a lower-income, majority African American suburb of St. Louis County. The project will integrate a comprehensive asset-building strategy that includes the establishment of a grocery store, development of affordable housing, and management of IDAs. Read more about Pagedale Development Project...

Partnership for Community Development, Colgate University

Founded in 1998 as a partnership between Colgate University and the Town and Village of Hamilton, New York, the Partnership for Community Development has fostered small business development; provided design help and funding to improve building facades and streetscapes in the five-block business district of downtown Hamilton; helped restore the Village Green; and established retail and marketing support for local arts and crafts. To date, Colgate has provided $630,000 in funding, which has leveraged over $1.5 million from private sector, foundation, and government sources. Read more about Partnership for Community Development, Colgate University...

Rutgers Camden, Civic Engagement

Rutgers Camden campus has a wide variety of community programs. One of these efforts is the LEAP Academy, a K-12 charter school initiated by the university that is designed to accommodate up to 700 students as well as develop model practices for implementation in surrounding public schools. Read more about Rutgers Camden, Civic Engagement...

Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance

Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) is a partnership between Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford Hospital and Trinity College that works cooperatively with the community to develop leadership and improve the economic, physical and social characteristics of Hartford's Frog Hollow, Barry Square and South Green neighborhoods. The partnership has promoted homeownership, jobs for neighborhood residents, and community commercial development. Read more about Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance...

Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE)

Colorado State's Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office promotes leadership development, service-learning and volunteer opportunities. One of its programs is its Alternative Spring Break program, which places approximately 100 students a year in short-term intern positions with non-profit community groups from across the country. Read more about Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) ...

Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

The University of Louisville's Housing & Neighborhood Development Strategies (HANDS) is a multifaceted program bringing the University's resources to bear on the problems of an impoverished African-American neighborhood. HANDS includes case management, job training, leadership development, education, home ownership, and community design. Read more about Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods...

The Cornell-Ithaca Partnership Computer Project

The Cornell-Ithaca Partnership Computer Project aims to address the "digital divide" by providing under-served youth with opportunities to acquire computer skills and Internet access in their own neighborhood. Read more about The Cornell-Ithaca Partnership Computer Project...

University Northside Partnership

As a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and many others, including NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and Northside community organizations, the University Northside Partnership is an effort to improve the community of North Minneapolis' social and economic environment. Several objectives of this initiative include increasing job training and business opportunities, improving reading skills and learning outcomes for young children, and responding to the identified needs and interests of the community. Read more about University Northside Partnership...

University of Georgia, "Public Service and Outreach"

The University of Georgia has a broad vision of its public service mission. Current areas of concentration include anti-poverty initiatives, working with Georgia's Latino communities, economic development, and service learning. Read more about University of Georgia, "Public Service and Outreach"...

University of Utah, Lowell Bennion Community Service Center

Founded in 1987, the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center adheres to a team approach to recruiting, training, and selecting issues on which to focus. Through student leadership, volunteer participation grew dramatically (from 546 to 1,409 volunteers) in the first year. At last count, the Center had nearly 8,000 volunteers performing more than 250,000 hours of service to the community. Read more about University of Utah, Lowell Bennion Community Service Center...