The National Field-Building Initiative (NFBI) aims to advance the fields of community engagement and social innovation through collaboration with students, faculty, community partners, institutions of higher education and community engagement and social innovation networks.
Cultivating and curating public narrative about the work of community engagement and social innovation.
Work toward common frameworks of understanding across networks, organizations, scholars and practitioners in community engagement and social innovation.
Facilitating and participating in collaborative efforts across community engagement constituencies.
The Swearer Center intentionally cultivates synergies between advancing community engagement and social innovation at Brown University and advancing community engagement and social innovation nationally and internationally. The NFBI works toward participatory field-building and identifies exemplary community engagement to make visible as models.
As part of the NFBI, the Swearer Center serves as the administrative and research home for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification, is a co-host of the National Assessment for Service and Community Engagement (NASCE) and the research and administrative home of the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.
The Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University invites application for a graduate fellowship in community engaged scholarship. This one-year renewable fellowship is open to doctoral students with a focus on social science research related to community engagement, higher education, community development, assessment, organizational change and/or professional networks and field building. The position is available for doctoral students in their third-fifth years of studies during the fellowship period. Applications are due Aug. 15, 2017.