For some ideas on how the University of Memphis partners with the MidSouth and Memphis
communities check out some of our featured success stories:
Housing and Community Development Fellowship (HCD)
The HCD Fellowship program pairs community development and other community minded
organizations with graduate students studying the Anthropology, City and Regional
Planning, Public and Nonprofit Administration, and Social Work.
Organizations apply to host one of the highly qualified students for 20 hours per
week. Students compete for the highly sought after fellowship which includes tuition
reimbursement and paid internship placements which offer them one to two years of
extensive practical application work experience in their fields.
The HCD Fellowship program is jointly funded by the City of Memphis Department of
Housing and Community Development and the Graduate School at the University of Memphis.
Learn more and read the 2011-12 Annual Fellowship Project Reports here.
The Strengthening Communities Initiative (SCI)
The initiative is breaking new ground with a collaborative, grant-making partnership
to provide start-up funds to incubate neighborhood-based projects with "Small Grants"
for 12-month or "Capacity Building Grants" for 18 months.
Key to project implementation is the use of service learning strategies to increase community
capacity and enhance student knowledge, skills, and abilities, while furthering the
engaged scholarship of the faculty partners. Funded projects must relate to safety,
housing, health, transportation, education, or economic development.
SCI is a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the United
Way of the MidSouth, and the University of Memphis. Managed by the School of Urban
Affairs and Public Policy, the program establishes a national model based around community
organizations in Crittendon, Desoto, Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tate, Tipton and
Faculty & student teams assist the projects with content specific expertise. Community
organizations choose the projects based on resident participation.
The characteristics of the neighborhoods represented range greatly, although all are
focused on addressing issues typical of urban redeveloping communities.
Read about successful Capacity Building partnership grants or watch the video.
Housing and Community Development (HCD) Fellowship
Strengthening Communities Initiative