To build capacity for social justice and community change in a diverse society.
Our program is the oldest and largest of its kind in graduate education. We began working with community agencies and neighborhood groups in Detroit in the 1930s, and have played prominent roles in community organizing, planning, and development ever since.
Today, community organization is more important than ever. Economic and social changes affect conditions and cause inequalities for many communities. In addition, it will not be long before a majority of the United States population will be of African, Asian, and Latin Americas descent, and diversity will be a fact of life, and this too will challenge communities.
These changes will challenge communities to build capacity, and create opportunities for change agents. There are expanding opportunities for people who make community organization their career as organizers, planners, policy analysts and program adminstrators, and as community advocates and political activists. Effective community organizers can play a critical role in harnessing the opportunities of the future to address these emerging opportunities.
We establish and sustain long-term collaborative partnerships with grassroots groups, community agencies, and nonprofit organizations, for example:
The Community-Based Initiative in Detroit is to train and support a new generation of social workers dedicated to community and social change in urban cities, neighborhoods, and communities.
The National Community Scholars Program prepares professionals to lead and mentor young people and adults so they can develop allies and create community change.
This community action and youth leadership program is a collaboration with urban and suburban partners in economically disinvested and racially segregated areas.