Community Engagement Center Building Capacity in NM Communities

August 8, 2016 - Dorene DiNaro

The University of New Mexico Community Engagement Center is proud and honored to make three major announcements to the community:

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has generously continued its support to the Community Engagement Center with a three-year award for a total of over $600,000 to develop the next generation of leaders for community capacity building. WKKF, founded in 1930, is guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive and works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so that  they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.  For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

 Public Allies National has identified the Community Engagement Center (CEC) as their new Operating Partner to host the Public Allies New Mexico (PANM) program. Both organizations are excited to continue and expand upon the collaboration with community partners. Public Allies was founded in 1983 in Chicago where current First Lady Michelle Obama served as the Site Director. Since its inception, Public Allies has been adopted by AmeriCorps and the Corporation of National Community Service and has grown into 23 operating sites across the United States.  For more information, visit www.publicallies.org

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Farm to School Grants Program is supporting the expansion, sustainability and capacity building of the FoodCorps New Mexico network. FoodCorps New Mexico is co-hosted by the Community Engagement Center and Farm to Table New Mexico and aims to address the root causes of food injustice, while also providing hands on training and technical assistance to communities engaged in farm to school work.  The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. For more information, visit www.fns.usda.gov

 The Community Engagement Center was founded in 1998 by parents, community members, university faculty, staff, and students who have followed direction from communities in addressing their own needs. Through these partnerships, CEC has been successful at leveraging local, state, and national resources in favor of local community capacity building. CEC remains committed to health, education, tribal, economic, and immigration justice through an antiracist lens. For more information, visit http://communityengagement.unm.edu/  and  CEC Facebook Page or contact Kiran Katira at 505-277-5158.