Community Partners

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: a 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




Left to right: David Grace (The MET School), Michelle Duso (House of Hope CDC), Shirley Fuertes (Providence Public Library), and Cristina Cabrera (Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust)

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 an 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




Left to right: Nadia Amaghou, Elena Vasquez, Alex Scheffel

Nadia Amaghou is a Program Manager with the Community Partnership Team. She supports our 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 Manger 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].

Alex Scheffel is the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps VISTA fellow with the Community Partnership team at the Swearer Center. He 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 Alex: [email protected]

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