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Creating Whole Communities provides research grant opportunities and support for faculty in developing links with St. Louis area resources and organizations. UMSL and Extension faculty may contact CWC staff for assistance in the following areas:

  • Making connections with community organizations to develop research or teaching partnerships or to arrange student placements or projects. The CWC staff has established connections with nonprofit and community-based organizations and local governments and can help you find a community partner that is the right fit!

  • Formation and facilitation of university-community teams to develop new initiatives or to apply for funding opportunities. If you are considering a grant application or working with a community organization on a new initiative and need some assistance in pulling the pieces together, we'd be glad to help.

  • Answering questions about the Faculty Research Fellows program that supports neighborhood focused research to help build the community development field of practice.

CWC provides opportunities for students to get involved in research, capacity building, and fostering civic dialogue around creating whole communities. Below are three types of positions with CWC. Check back frequently to see if positions have opened up or contact CWC staff for more information.

Community Building Fellowship

CWC annually recruits students who are interested in pursuing future careers in community development and community building to participate in the Community Building Fellowship Program.

The Community Building Fellowship is designed to introduce a talented group of UMSL graduate students to the challenges and opportunities of working with community-based initiatives in the St. Louis region. Selected fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and staff affiliated with the Community Partnership Project on a community-based initiative that is bringing residents and stakeholders together and addressing a priority issue or important public problems.

Selected Fellows receive a $2,500 award, along with access to an on-campus office and mentors as part of the community-building project. Fellows may also be able to use the community project as an internship or practicum experience for academic credit, depending on the guidelines of their academic department. This year’s community building fellowship will be for the spring semester. The community building fellowship application will be posted during the fall semester. 

Graduate Assistant

This graduate position helps organize and staff the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, Neighborhood Leadership Fellows, other training, and public forums including the year-long series on neighborhood issues, “What’s Brewing”. Creating Whole Communities Graduate Assistants are paid positions ($6,240/semester). For a full description of the CWC Graduate Assistant position, click here

Graduate Research Assistant

CWC Graduate Research Assistants aid the faculty and staff involved in running Creating Whole Communities to conduct and complete priority research in a timely manner. Creating Whole Communities Graduate Assistants are paid positions ($3,500/semester). For a full description of the CWC Graduate Research Assistant position, click here.

CWC looks forward to partnering with community building nonprofits, government officials and policy makers, philanthropy, business leaders, and others to strengthen decision making and practices regarding creating whole communities. If you are interested in exploring a partnership with Creating Whole Communities, please contact Claire Rippel or by phone at (314) 400-7287.