Building Capacity—Creating Opportunities—Overcoming Barriers—Inspiring Action

The University-Community Empowerment Center at Western Michigan University is a research, consultation, and training center that collaborates with individuals, groups and organizations to empower communities to reduce poverty. Employing research, evaluation, policy analysis, consultation, training and advocacy, the overall goal of the center is to empower distressed communities by assisting them in creating social and economic opportunities through the engagement of community residents, service providers and other stakeholders in collaborative action to reduce poverty.

News and announcements

2017 Burian Lecture announced
Ms. Edna Kane-Williams
Executive Vice President at AARP
Thursday, Feb. 23. 2017

"Call to Action" final report now available
In the spring of 2014, the University-Community Empowerment Center collaborated with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University in a series of events and meetings that engaged the community in addressing poverty and its correlates in Kalamazoo County. The final report of this collaboration is now available for review.

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