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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.  

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  • William Collins Kohler Chair in Systems Change and Peacebuilding
  • Associate Professor
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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. 
At UWM, the Institute works with fellow centers, institutes, departments and programs to engage faculty and staff.
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Opportunities for community action and engagement are possible with the institute. Explore the fellows’ opportunity for partners and students.
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The institute works with community partners throughout the world and locally to align interests for collective action.
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Cunningham Hall 495
1921 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
UWM Institute for Systems Change and Peacebuilding
Cunningham Hall
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

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