Office of Community Partnerships
Focused on fostering meaningful connections with our local communities, the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) aims to cultivate, support, and sustain partnerships that bring about transformative social change for local communities and the region. The Brown School has identified priority geographic areas in the most critical need, making a measurable impact through social and economic justice.
We are Washington University in St. Louis, for St. Louis and with St. Louis.
Strategic Geographic Focus
Our partnerships extend into under-resourced geographic areas in need of support and investment: North City, South City, North County, and East St. Louis. These areas are not only critical to our mission but are also integral to the overall well-being of the St. Louis region.
A Win-Win Collaboration
Our collaborations yield mutual benefits. While enriching our academic mission, they also create real-world impacts by partnering with trusted community-based organizations that are addressing pressing social issues within St. Louis through a lens of social and economic justice.
The Connective Hub
The OCP serves as a bridge between the faculty, staff, students, and the community. It facilitates an organic network of collaborations, often connecting our academic community to impactful community collaborations.
The OCP collaborates closely with the Office of Field Education. This joint effort leverages our 300-plus affiliations with various organizations. This not only benefits our faculty and students but also serves as a connector to a hands-on training ground for our students in social work, public health, and social policy.
Currently, the School’s Administrative Partners are but not limited to
Located in St. Louis’ North City, Better Family Life (BFL) offers holistic solutions to issues that commonly threaten the family unit. They provide life-enhancing employment training and placement; education; housing and asset development; community outreach; and youth, family, and clinical services. The Brown School has commissioned space at BFL to be used for meetings, classes and workshops, which provides students, faculty, and staff with valuable insights into the needs of the area community.
Family Forward is transforming the way we understand the effects of childhood trauma. We use a trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive approach to understanding the impact of a child’s history on current functioning. Our comprehensive services support the child, family, and broader community.