Swearer Community Partnership Values:
Our core partnership values are: 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; and 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
A Partnership Ecosystem:
Our approach to partnership is as 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. Finally, 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.
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.