Center for Neighborhoods begins classes

center for neighborhoodsThe new Center for Neighborhoods at UMKC is starting its work next week, welcoming the first group of neighborhood residents who will participate in 12 weeks of classes and workshops.

The Center, part of the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, opening this spring. On Monday, June 6, it will kick off regular classes, with the first including 35 people from 17 neighborhoods. They will learn about governance, leadership, technology, communications, health and safety, and neighborhood development.

“As an urban-serving university, UMKC has a charter-based responsibility to meet the needs of the urban population in the Kansas City region, and the Center of Neighborhoods is poised to serve as the catalyst for university-community partnerships that help meet the needs of these neighborhoods,” said Dina Newman, director of the center.

Neighborhoods are already signing up for the next set of training sessions to begin next fall.

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