Strategic Goals

Engage Based on Community-Identified Priorities Ensure that expertise, ideas, priorities, and data gathered directly from a diverse cross-section of community partners inform where and how the Swearer Center connects and devotes resources. An emphasis will be placed on community partners that are led by and/or working with people most impacted by social injustice.
Foster Student Reflection, Learning, & Civic Commitment

Foster students’ demonstrated commitment and action towards a more inclusive, just, and sustainable world. Ensure that Swearer Center teaching, educational programming, and advising advance Brown University’s educational goals and are clearly aligned with community-identified priorities and Center-wide learning outcomes (for example, critical thinking, justice related to origin and value of knowledge, systemic analysis, ethical practice, and personal and collective responsibility).

Advance Community-Engaged Teaching & Research

Critical to Brown’s academic excellence, community-engaged teaching and research ensures powerful experiential learning for students, and high-impact knowledge creation, application, and translation opportunities for faculty and other scholars. The Swearer Center will create and maintain resources and support for faculty, staff, and students to advance the design, implementation, and sustainability of teaching and research that addresses community- identified priorities.

Build Capacity for Just & Sustained Community Engagement

Contribute to a strong and reliable community engagement infrastructure. That is, deepen, leverage, and sustain Brown University’s investments in people, relationships, systems, and tools, and align programs and processes on- and off-campus to advance social justice. Collaborate to advance and enhance Brown University’s policies and practices that honor and are informed by community input and interests.