CoLab cultivates relationships between neighboring universities and communities to collaboratively address complex local problems through research, professional development, resource mobilization, and joint action.
CoLab explores the question: “How might higher education institutions have more meaningful, long-term engagements to better serve their local communities?”
Higher Education CollaboratorsCalifornia State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
CoLab prioritizes the following values in its projects and partnerships:
Community members, faculty, and students from local universities leverage their respective strengths and experiences to create change and positively impact their communities.
Colab projects are intentional. Partnerships result in useful and tangible outcomes from the perspectives of everyone involved.
BALANCING HUMILITY & EXPERTISE
We understand and honor that expertise — knowledge of root problems and their solutions — lies equally in communities and universities. CoLab creates conditions to join these perspectives so that partners see each other as assets for achieving mutually agreed-upon goals.
COMMITMENT TO LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS & CHANGE
We recognize that understanding and confronting complex challenges takes time. At the heart of CoLab’s work is an emphasis on building trust, exercising transparency, and cultivating mutually-beneficial relationships between community partners and universities.