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View the 2020 CWC Annual Report 

Creating Whole Communities (CWC), formed in 2014, brings together the University of Missouri–St. Louis (School of Social Work, Des Lee Collaborative Vision, and the Public Policy Research Center), University of Missouri Extension, and the St. Louis region's neighborhoods to focus on strengthening our communities. CWC looks to link the resources of the university's local efforts throughout the region to create whole communities.

We define a whole community as one that:

  • has a diverse housing stock that meets the needs of the area's workforce, as well as households at different life stages and walks of life;
  • provides access to jobs, services, and goods through multiple transportation options, including autos, transit, bicycles, and walking;
  • has effective schools;
  • uses sustainable energy/resource practices;
  • provides an environment for people to live healthy lives;
  • incorporates vibrant public spaces; and
  • engages all parts of the community in decision-making and encourages connections among neighbors. 

How is CWC looking to support the region’s policy makers, business leaders, philanthropic leaders, community organizations, and residents in creating whole communities? CWC will leverage the University and MU Extension’s expertise and resources in research, organizational capacity building and leadership development, and fostering civic dialogue to serve the region in bringing about whole communities.

If you are a practitioner, we hope to provide relevant evidence-based resources and meaningful trainings and programming. If you are a faculty researcher, we hope you apply to do neighborhood focused research and work with CWC to help publicize your research. If you are a resident, we hope you enjoy trainings and engage in public forums on issues important to our region’s neighborhoods.