'Canes in the Community

House Designed by UM Architecture Students Would ‘Answer Prayers’

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This page is for you, as a community partner or community member, to find out about the variety of ways in which the University of Miami is engaging its academic resources in the enrichment of civic and community life in South Florida. Click here to view our list of current community partners. On this page you will also find out how you and/or your organization can partner with us to further the mission of your organization and collaborate with UM to promote positive social change in our community. At the bottom of the page you will find resources that offer models for effective university-community collaborations.

Major Initiatives
Focus on Affordable Housing: Interested in the issue of affordable housing? Our Focus on Affordable Housing initiative for 2011-2012 brings together students, faculty, and community housing organizations to address strategies for improving housing options in Miami.  Students can choose from numerous courses during the Fall and Spring semesters that relate to the issues of housing affordability, social inequality, and urban development that impact people’s access to housing.  Here is the list of Fall 2011 courses that are linked to the initiative (a link for Spring 2012 courses will be added when available).    If your organization would benefit from student interns or researchers, or if you would like to participate in the Focus on Affordable Housing, please let us know. In addition, several of our community partners have independent study and internship opportunities for students interested in affordable housing.  For a list of these opportunities, click here. Finally, our Office is sponsoring a series of panel discussions and lectures on the issue of affordable housing.  All of our public programs are free and open to the public.  Click here for a list of our public programs related to housing.

Southridge High School Partnership: UM History and English majors partner with Southridge High School teachers in history and language arts to enhance the curriculum, give guest lectures, and mentor students.

Gables Fellows Program: This is a paid internship with the City of Coral Gables that provides students with hands-on knowledge of the day-to-day operations of municipal government. The call for applications for the 2013-2014 academic year will go out in February 2013. 

Imagining America Research Collaborative on Civic Professionalism: The purpose of this research collaborative is to create a baseline of information regarding the role of civic engagement in undergraduate liberal arts education. To learn more about how Imagining America supports student research and community projects, click here.

Good Government Initiative: Developed by former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, this program trains newly elected officials in good governing practices and offers internship opportunities for UM students.

Have an idea about how students can integrate their learning with the work of your organization? Contact us and we’ll see how we can help!

Just need volunteers?
Contact our university partner, the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development .

Visit our About Us page to learn about our mission, goals, and how we work with faculty, students, and the community to foster engagement, learning, and scholarship.

More Resources:
Why Miami has the Lowest Civic Health in the Nation - Report by the National Conference On Citizenship
Knight Center Soul of the Community: Miami
Engaged Scholarship: A Resource Guide
Developing Partners in Engagement: Starting Points for Community Based Organizations
The Engaged Community: Maximizing Community Impact
Campus Compact Study on Community Partnerships