Creating Whole Communities
Creating Whole Communities (CWC), formed in 2014, brings together the University of Missouri–St. Louis (School of Social Work, Des Lee Collaborative Vision, School of Professional and Continuing Studies 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. Explore our three areas of activity more by clicking on the links below.
- Faculty looking to conduct neighborhood revitalization research?
- Looking for the latest neighborhood revitalization research from UMSL faculty?
- Want to partner with the University on new research or investigating best practices?
- Want to participate in the Neighborhood Leadership Academy?
- Looking for in-person training opportunities?
- Want to partner with the University to offer training?
- Looking for toolkits or other informational resources?
- Want to attend a forum, presentation, or an event on creating whole communities?
- Looking for radio, print, or television shows focused on neighborhood issues?
- Want to connect with community focused groups in the region?
If you can’t find the information you are looking for or have a question, please contact Karl Guenther or at (314) 516-5845.