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An initiative of the Division of Community Affairs, the Center for Community-Based Partnerships' role is to connect faculty, staff, students and community partners in research-based projects designed to solve critical problems identified collaboratively by community members and the University.

All academic disciplines are represented on a Council made up of campus and community members. The Council's various committees oversee project funding, conduct an awards program, propose methods to integrate teaching and research, and seek outside funding "all with the goal of fulfilling the Center's motto: "Engaging Communities and Changing Lives."

CCBP's functions revolve around the work of four offices:

Community Education

The vision of Community Education is to support the mission of Community Affairs by developing knowledge-based leaders and scholars who use creativity and research to produce positive outcomes at multiple levels — individual, group, community, state, nation, and world. Major projects include the Parent Teacher Leadership Academy, the STEM Entrepreneurship Academy, Swim to the Top, and Vision Days.

Program and Partnerships for Community Engagement

Programs and Partnerships for Community Engagement is under the leadership of Dr. Nicole Prewitt. Dr. Prewitt’s work involves diverse groups and includes stakeholders such as non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, the faith community, the public health community, and the legal/criminal justice community. Major projects include Saving Lives, the Neighborhood Partnership Committee, and the Tuscaloosa Consortium for Higher Education.

Global and Community Engagement

Global and Community Engagement is under the leadership of Dr. Beverly Hawk. Initiatives include Global Café and Fulbright mentoring. Through Global Café, people with international interests meet visitors from around the world. There are two main components of the Global Café initiative: the Language Partners conversation program and the community resources program. Global Café also serves as an anchor for the recruitment of Fulbright applicants.

Community Engagement Research and Publications

Community Engagement Research and Publications works to connect and support undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty involved in community-engaged scholarship through a development model and enrichment seminars that provide enhanced opportunities for additional scholarly activities.

"An engaged institution is responsive to the needs of today's students and tomorrow's. It enriches the student experience by bringing research into the curriculum and offering practical experience in the world they will enter. It forms partnerships of faculty, students and communities to put knowledge and skills to work on today's most critical problems"
(Adapted from "Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution," Kellogg Commission Report, 1999).