Welcome to the Swearer Center, a community of students, faculty, staff, and community partners engaged in scholarship and action for just and healthy communities locally, nationally, and globally. The Swearer Center is the home of student fellowship programs, partnership creation and stewardship, and faculty support and development that make informed, ethical, and meaningful action possible.
Community is a core concept of our work. We believe that healthy and just communities are the fundamental building blocks of healthy and just societies. We also believe that to be doing the work of building healthy and just communities we must aspire to be such a community in the Center and we must partner with members of the communities in which we work. Thus, community partnerships are key to our work in the world.
As we partner with communities we are guided by two core principles of partnership:
Community Agency: the idea that community-based organizations are best situated to design, create, and deliver programs and services in their own communities and therefore our work is that of capacity building partner, technical assistance, and conduit to access other university resources like community-based research.
Reciprocity: the idea that we are holding present in our minds with partners the relative value of our partnership to each to be sure that both are receiving the benefits of partnership. This requires a critical consciousness about the power dynamics of the university and community-based organizations and regular and meaningful processes to ameliorate to the greatest extent possible that power difference.
To see a list of our existing community partners click on the BrownEngage link to the right.
To explore becoming a community partner click on the community partners link to the right.
To explore the people of the Swearer Center click on the people link to the right.
We contributing to the health and justice of the Brown community through our co-curricular workshops and events. Clicks the link for workshops and events to the right to see what we are working on now.
We play roles partnering in facilitating the community engagement, engaged scholarship, and social innovation communities across higher education. Click on the field-building link to see what we are working on nationally.