Community Partners

Updates & Events:

Due to complications surrounding COVID-19, The Swearer Center has shifted to remote engagement throughout AY20-21. A full list of Swearer Center AY20-21 changes can be found in the Community Partner Handbook. Brown University has established a centralized website for shared updates at The Swearer Center has also compiled a list of resources for community members during this time. 

Community Partner Network (CPN) meetings are held monthly in a virtual format. The next CPN meeting and (Re)orientation will occur on Tuesday, July 13 via Zoom. Register here. 

Applications for the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA fellowship are currently open and will close at 11:59pm on April 30, 2021 or when all the positions are filled. Click here for more information. 

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 our College Advising Corps at Brown University partners, along with all partner organizations that work in Education and Health. Contact Elena: [email protected].

Alexis Takoushian is the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps VISTA fellow with the Community Partnership team at the Swearer Center. She is available to offer support with BrownEngage, as well as being the point of contact for the Community Advisory Board and the Community Partner Network meetings. Contact Alexis: [email protected]

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