Community Partners

Updates & Events:

Visit the Swearer Center's virtual exhibit, History, Current Realities & Imagining an Anti-Racist Future. Featured artists are members of the Providence and Rhode Island community whose artwork addresses the topic of systemic anti-Black racism and anti-racist resistance. The exhibit opened on June 19, 2021 to coincide with the celebration of Juneteenth.

This is an ongoing exhibit that may evolve into an educational workshop series as part of the center’s co-curriculum for the Summer and/or Fall 2021 semesters. The Swearer Center is re-opening the call for submissions for this exhibit until Friday, July 30. Selected exhibit participants will receive compensation both for development and use of their piece in this exhibit as well as for participation in events that the Swearer Center will host in the fall to discuss the exhibit theme and their work. Questions about the exhibit and submissions can be directed to [email protected].

What We Do

The Swearer Center partners with a wide range of entities (nonprofit organizations, schools/school districts, state and local government agencies, etc.) as co-educators, co-developers, and co-creators of knowledge in community engagement and engaged scholarship work. Each year, we maintain 80+ organizational partnerships locally and deploy 600+ Brown student volunteers/fellows to work with partnering organizations.

Our goal is to create reciprocal partnerships with organizations focused on community development and social change. Our partnership practices are centered around the values of community agency and reciprocity. We recognize that community-based organizations are best situated to design, create and deliver programs and services in their own communities. We work to ensure that both partners realize the desired benefits of the collaboration: the Swearer Center offers partner organizations a variety of resources, including student time, and networking opportunities. In turn, partner organizations provide essential learning and engagement opportunities for students and staff.

The Swearer Center has identified the following issues areas as priorities for partnership and engagement:

  1. Health (Access and Equity)
  2. ​The Environment
  3. Economic Justice
  4. The Arts
  5. Education

Common pathways for organizations to partner with the Swearer Center include hosting off-campus federal work-study eligible students through Community Corps, leveraging long-term relationships with students through the Bonner Community Fellowship, and engaging a SPRINT- iProv Summer fellow with a summer project for your organization.

To find out more about ways to engage, see additional program information or reach out to one of our Community Partnership Managers.

Program Managers

Nadia Amaghou is a Program Manager with the Community Partnership Team. She supports all of our AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship partners, along with all partner organizations that work in Economic Justice, Arts, and Environment. Contact Nadia: [email protected].

Elena Vasquez is a Program Manager with the Community Partnership Team. She supports all partner organizations that work in Education and Health. Contact Elena: [email protected].

Not sure who to contact? Email [email protected].