Community Partners

Our approach to partnership is to build an ecosystem. We believe that the more connected a partner organization and the University become, the more clear and likely achievable their shared goals will be. As an ecosystem of engagement, we connect partners to internships, practicum, course and group projects, long-term fellowship placement, program evaluation and research resources, and other ways of accessing the human and other resources of the University.  We also provide to our partners free use of the BrownEngage volunteer management system which can be used to manage all community volunteers.  We also believe that partner organizations are as important to each other, as a Partner Network, as our partnership with any particular partner organization so we facilitate the Community Partner Network.

The Swearer Center has more than 90 Community Partners, including: 

  1. 360 High School
  2. Beat the Streets Providence
  3. Children's Friend
  4. Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic
  5. Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
  6. English For Action
  7. Girls Rock! Rhode Island
  8. William D'Abate Elementary School
  9. Hope High School
  10. Lifespan Community Health Institute - Connect for Health
  11. Perspectives Corporation  
  12. Providence Public Library - Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative
  13. Rhode Island Urban Debate League
  14. The Arc of Blackstone Valley
  15. The Ocean Project
  16. Providence After School Alliance
  17. Providence CityArts for Youth
  18. Children's Friend
  19. College Advising Corps
  20. Generation Citizen Rhode Island
  21. Refugee Dream Center
  22. Rhode Island Office of Innovation

For more information on the Community Partners, visit BrownEngage

Swearer Community Partnership Values

1. 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

2. 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. The Swearer Center offers partner organizations a variety of supports, resources, scholarship, student labor, funding for social innovation projects and membership in the Community Partner Network, a diverse network of community agencies working across a variety of issue areas across the state

Community Partner Advisors

Central to the Center’s approach to partnership is a commitment to creating opportunities for partner agencies and community members to provide feedback to and advise the Swearer Center on the development and implementation of programs designed to meet community needs and support the mission and work of our partners. Additionally, the Swearer Center strives to create a venue for our partners to convene to share high-impact practices, and explore opportunities for collaboration and collective impact.