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We conduct applied research, build skills, and coordinate partners.

UMSL's Community Innovation and Action Center (CIAC) envisions a region that creates whole communities for all. Communities where residents reach their full potential to live happy and healthy lives. Communities where neighbors build meaningful connections and where all are engaged in decision making. Communities that promote equity, enjoy quality housing and economic opportunity, benefit from effective education, invest in sustainable energy and efficient transportation, and feature vibrant public spaces. Learn more.


With partners from across the St Louis region and beyond, CIAC is making this vision a reality through four core strategies — building powerful leaders, fostering effective nonprofits and governments, supporting strong community partnerships, and developing shared infrastructure and public policy. The Community Innovation and Action Center has a research agenda in each of these areas, building skills and coordinating community partners to facilitate community action and learning.



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