The Center for Civic Engagement’s Community Partnerships
Once selected by the Center for Civic Engagement, community partners meet with CCE-affiliated faculty, staff, and students to develop 3-5 year projects with measureable goals and timelines. The community partners define the goals as well as the strategies to achieve them. The Center for Civic Engagement currently has five strategic, longer-term community partnerships:
- Advocates for Community Health and Health Leads
- Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition
- Hempstead High School Initiative
- Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
- National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
The Center for Civic Engagement is committed to forming equitable, collaborative partnerships with organizations having deep roots in local communities. Other community-based organizations that we work with include Homecoming Farm—an organization that promotes community supported sustainable agriculture, linking peace, food security, and environmental issues; Long Island Progressive Coalition’s Alliance For Quality Education: No More Excuses Campaign working to increase funding for K-12 education in the New York State budget; Roosevelt Community Center’s programs that provide a safe and enriching after-school environment for youth; and the Uniondale Community Land Trust’s efforts to develop a stock of sustained, affordable, community-building housing in the context of the recent foreclosure crisis.
On an ongoing basis, CCE identifies potential campus partners and to ascertain what type of relationship they would like to have with the Center. CCE then presents community partners with a tool kit of university-based knowledge, skills, and resources that can be drawn from in the pursuit of a shared objective. In offering these tools, we hope to establish ongoing relationships with our community partners while, at the same time, assisting them in developing the capacities to independently conduct similar initiatives. The staff of community partners, the CCE directorship, and CCE student interns, fellows, and advisory board members regularly meet to assess progress in meeting goals and to adapt practices as needed. To ensure mutuality and reciprocity, starting in the Fall of 2014, CCE will have a community advisory board consisting of representatives from our first five community partners. The community advisory board will provide input on CCE’s planning as well as serve as mentors for new community partners.