Community Program Objectives

Our community programs aim to address three sets of objectives:

  • Community Impact - Realizing significant and sustainable impact requires us to choose specific focuses and bring programs, people, and approaches together around particular issues. Strong, long-term relationships with community members and partner organizations are an essential component of success.
  • Student Learning - We offer a variety of opportunities for students: from brief introductory immersion experiences to advanced leadership roles that require intensive time commitment and an understanding of complex community dynamics.  These experiences are designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to "lead lives of effective action."
  • Creation, Dissemination and Application of Knowledge - Beyond simply conducting work in the community, we wish to encourage research and analysis that can be helpful to communities and the field more broadly.