Place-based Initiative

enews-immersionsThe SCU Thriving Neighbors Initiative will actively promote strategic ties between Santa Clara University and the Greater Washington Community of San Jose in order to advance prosperity and education of both SCU students and neighborhood students as whole persons in whole communities.

Initiative Description

The Greater Washington Community and surrounding neighborhoods of San Jose are some of the most socioeconomically challenged regions of Santa Clara County. Families face significant barriers that impede their ability to live healthy and productive lives. It is also home to a vibrant community with a significant immigrant population, strong community‐based organizations, and seasoned community leaderswho have much to teach our campus community. 

To reduce barriers to higher education, improve neighborhood prosperity, and enhance educational opportunities for SCU students, Santa Clara University will, over several years, build a center of engagement to support the needs of students and their families residing in five neighborhoods of San Jose, including: Alma, Gardner, Goodyear, Tamien, and Washington. A secondary, but equally important emphasis of the Center is to foster a quality education for SCU students in alignment with the University's educational mission. 

The Thriving Neighbors Initiative will actively promote strategic ties between Santa Clara University and low-income communities of San Jose in order to advance prosperity and education of both SCU students and neighborhood students as whole persons in whole communities. 

By 2017, Santa Clara University, in collaboration with individuals and organizations within these communities, will have accomplished the following objectives:

  • Established a physical space that serves as a center of engagement for students and their families;″
  • Engaged SCU students, faculty, staff, and alumni by developing a pipeline of volunteers who will provide ongoing tutoring/mentoring for children and youth, and wrap-around services for their families;
  • Supported the development of new business activity to enhance community prosperity and promote local entrepreneurship;
  • Provided a platform for University units (schools and departments) to share their expertise in community identified project-based education that will benefit SCU students, neighborhood students, and the local community, such as:
    • Entrepreneurial training for local tradespeople
    • Math, science, and reading achievement projects
    • Personal Counseling
    • Public health workshops/clinics
    • Environmental education workshops
    • Legal assistance
    • Recreational activities
  • Developed educational advancement opportunities for community leaders that will ultimately strengthen community educational opportunities;
  • Supported and advocated for neighborhood schools; and
  • Supported and advocated for technological access to educational resources.

Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative

NPI

Launched in January 2012, the LSB Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) provides opportunities for students to contribute to, and learn from, businesses, individuals and organizations in low income neighborhoods in the San Jose area around issues of economic prosperity. Funded and housed in the Leavey School of Business, NPI is part of SCU's larger Place-based Initiative. Read More.