Community Leadership partnerships support west side residents as they strengthen their leadership and organizing skills, insert their voices into decision-making that affects their neighborhoods, and catalyze positive change in their communities. These partnerships address the need for diverse voices in local decision making and are based on the belief that effective problem-solving comes from having many stakeholders and viewpoints around the table. These partnerships offer opportunities for university and community partners to work together on civic engagement and participation. Long-term goals include:
- Individual capacity building: Provide residents with opportunities to strengthen and practice leadership skills
- Organizational capacity building: Enhance resident capacity to organize others around issues they care about
- System change: Connect residents with decision-making positions through which they can begin to change the systems that effect their lives.
See below for examples of active UNP-supported partnerships.