Children, Families & Communities
Consistent with the traditions of the University's land-grant and urban-grant missions, the focus area of Children, Families, and Communities seeks to integrate the strengths of the university with those of our partners. In communities, the private sector, public agencies and the policy community to, together, promote the positive development and well-being of children and families. Our approach is shaped by our fundamental commitments to diversity and social justice. To ensure that through teaching, research, policy analysis and service - all children, individuals, and families, are fully prepared and empowered to participate in a democratic society, its institutions, and the economy. We prepare students to serve diverse populations and communities in a wide array of roles that address pressing societal concerns. Further, through collaborative research and service, we seek to advance knowledge and understanding across our disciplines and constituencies to inform policy, improve practice, strengthen communities and the citizenry, and develop the economic and social resources and policies required to continually improve the quality of life for all.