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About Us

The Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement is a collaboration of university faculty, students and community development actors that seeks to enhance educational opportunities, facilitate innovative research, and build community development capacity.

What We Do

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Education

The Center brings the university into the community and the community into the university through community based research and discussion. Each Spring, a faculty committee selects four to five Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service undergraduate fellows who work together with a community partner during the Fall semester. Students work with the Center on research projects throughout the year.

Research, Information, and Analysis

Center staff conduct research on urban and community issues in communities around the world. They pursue work that enables them to think creatively about what produces local problems and engages in local, national, and international conversations about these issues. Faculty and students work in collaboration with communities to conduct research, publish, and present research locally and at academic conferences.

Discussion, Networking, and Public Policy

The Center creates opportunities to discuss community development and urban challenges to enhance relationships, communication and to foster entrepreneurship.

Center Staff

Kathe Newman

Kathe Newman

Faculty Director

Nadia A. Mian

Nadia A. Mian

Senior Program Director

2022-2023 Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellows

Arielle Cohen

Arielle Cohen

Anamika Desai

Anamika Desai

Nina Gohel

Nina Gohel

Shreya Gupta

Shreya Gupta

Taha Umar

Taha Umar

Faculty Affiliates and Visiting Faculty

Cara Cuite

Cara Cuite

James DeFilippis

James DeFilippis

Shiloh Deitz

Shiloh Deitz

Post-doctoral Associate

Andrea Restrepo-Mieth

Andrea Restrepo-Mieth

Will Payne

Will Payne

Ronald Quincy

Ronald Quincy

Eric Seymour

Eric Seymour

Mi Shih

Mi Shih

Brigitte Zamzow

Brigitte Zamzow

Visiting Researcher

Student Researchers

Olubori Agboola

Olubori Agboola

Jonathan Francisco Bonilla

Jonathan Francisco Bonilla

Erica Copeland

Erica Copeland

William Downie

William Downie

Mila Hamilton

Mila Hamilton

Wael Kanj

Wael Kanj

Lauren Nolan

Lauren Nolan

Senior Research Associate

Elana Simon

Elana Simon

Smriti Singh

Smriti Singh

John Fidel Klarke Smith

John Fidel Klarke Smith