Partnerships with Community Groups

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Miami University has developed partnerships with city, state, and federal elected officials and government agencies, as well as with civic leaders and representatives from community-based organizations. Community-based partnerships have multiple goals, including:

  • Education outreach that translates academic research and knowledge into community knowledge;
  • Community-based research and evaluation that engages and empowers community members and community-based organizations as partners in research activities;
  • Service learning, which uses action and reflection to meet needs and enhance learning through mutually beneficial, reciprocal partnerships;
  • Volunteerism;
  • Advocacy and activism to create positive social changes;
  • Economic development activities designed to improve the economic and civic environment of a given community.

Miami faculty and staff who are interested in creating a community partnership or have questions about sustaining a partnership should confer with the appropriate office (see below).

Existing community-based partnerships