The center's values are to:
- Recognize its responsibility to carry out Fordham University's mission of service in all aspects of its work - research, scholarship, and education.
- Foster greater awareness of communities' needs, resources, and perspectives.
- Create partnerships for collaborative work that embodies the expertise and meets the needs of all parties.
- Work democratically and collaboratively.
- Participate transparently and through open dialogue.
- Seek social justice, equity, and social responsibility.
- Share the research, scholarship, and teaching expertise of Fordham faculty, administrators, and students.
- Build the center as a national educational resource for innovation in engaged research, scholarship, and policy with University faculty and community partners as teachers.
The center strives to:
Areas of Focus
- Develop collaborative projects to promote the health and well-being of our communities through sharing and building resources to address issues identified by community partners.
- Develop strategies for working together which emphasize equality, democratic, transparent dialogue, and a shared search for social justice.
- To advance understanding of cultural diversity and individuality as a means to enhance social equity and mutual respect on campus, in communities, and in all campus-community relationships.
- To promote professional development and teaching that support community-engaged research, service, and scholarship.
- To participate in and shape regional, national, and global conversations about models of university-community partnerships and campus-community collaborations.
The center will focus its research efforts on a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to:
- Economic justice and poverty
- Health and well-being
- Environmental health
- Children and youth
- Injury and violence prevention
- Educational and community-based programs
- Physical activity and nutrition
- Built environment