Why are we an institute?
The UWM Institute for Systems Change and Peacebuilding works to align university and community interests in equitable partnership to engage with these complex and ever-changing systemic drivers.
To bring about transformative and sustainable change, we work to build long and deep relationships that are rooted in trust as a path toward advancing equitable power dynamics, learning, adaptation and emergence. Through these relationships, we collaborate with campus and community partners to co-create community-based initiatives that engage these complex challenges with holistic systems thinking and participatory processes.
The vision of the UW-Milwaukee Institute for Systems Change and Peacebuilding is:
University and community interests and assets are aligned in equitable partnership and mutual vitality to engage the complex interacting systems that affect health, well-being and sustainable peace.
The mission of the UW-Milwaukee Institute for Systems Change and Peacebuilding is:
- Convene and facilitate the deep and evolving dialogue among diverse members of the community, university faculty, students and alumni that builds the relationships necessary to engage difficult conversations addressing issues important to the community
- Employ participatory systems-thinking approaches to co-create shared understandings of context and theories of systems change that support strategies and proposals supporting aligned actions for collective impact.