The Institute for Community Development: U.S. and Abroad seeks to strengthen the resilient capacity of international and local communities through culturally-tailored, sustainable community development projects designed and implemented by cross-disciplinary, inter-university and community-driven collaborations.
The institute seeks to (1) develop and implement innovative programming that transforms communities, students, agencies, and universities; (2) employ academic service learning and public scholarship models in community development initiatives; (3) bring together scholars from multiple disciplines and universities to work alongside community partners; and (4) create sustainable community development projects that result in increased civic engagement and more just societies.
The institute has several initiatives in community development projects in U.S. and abroad which draw on art-based practice and various community empowerment models. Research is a critical component of all projects and the Institute focuses on both quantitative and qualitative methods, including non-linguistic evaluation methods. The training and technical assistance branch offers services, resources and consulting to practitioners, students and community members.
For additional information about the institute and its activities, please contact director Dorie Gilbert, email@example.com.