What We Do
The Center engages in action-research projects with institutional, community, and student leadership involved in initiatives undertaken to advance full participation and public problem solving. Our collaborative projects and networks develop actionable knowledge, expand organizational capacities, support broader policy change, and increase collective impact.
The Center helps individuals and institutions figure out what full participation looks like in their settings and how they can catalyze change needed to advance toward that vision. We bring a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to this work, through strategic visioning and inquiry, multi-method research, institutional capacity building, systems-level assessment, and education. Read More...
More than fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, many individuals and communities are not yet full participants in the institutions that define social and economic citizenship. Their remediation requires operating both deeply within particular contexts and broadly across contexts, to enable the reworking of the environmental conditions and incentives that shape internal practices.
Multi-dimensional problems require multi-dimensional solutions. The Center provides sustained multi-level, systems change strategies that connect and support the multi-level interventions needed to change day-to-day practice, culture, and policy.
Susan Sturm, the founding director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change, received the Bill Webber Award for Community Service, given each year to individuals who reach out with compassionate care to those members of society who have been disenfranchised. and the Bill Webber Award.
A year-long trans-disciplinary seminar and research practicum, which develops innovative frameworks and strategies for addressing structural inequality and advancing new models of citizenship within social institutions. or view .about the