Sustaining Hoosier Communities builds upon transformative partnerships between local communities and Indiana University’s faculty, students, and staff to enrich the health, prosperity, and vitality of the region.
The Sustaining Hoosier Communities collaboration extends over a year. In the fall, before academic year-long engagement begins, communities are invited to apply to be the next SHC partner. Once the SHC partner is selected, community leaders, staff, and faculty work together in a three-phase project process.
Sustaining Hoosier Communities staff meet with community leaders to develop and refine project proposals, translate them into scopes of work, and begin matching the scopes of work with faculty teaching relevant classes.
During this phase, the community can expect a surge of activity—visits from students, faculty, and staff, trips to campus for class presentations, and regular communication by email and phone.
At the end of each project, students will present their deliverables to the community, and partners will identify future collaboration opportunities through the Center for Rural Engagement.
The EPIC-N Model
Sustaining Hoosier Communities is based on the community engagement model championed by the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Community Network (EPIC-N), which universities across the nation have adopted.