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Center for Urban Community Development


The Center for Urban Community Development creates innovative, accessible lifelong learning opportunities that support individual, organizational and community development through educational programming, consulting and applied research.

Emphasis is on capacity building among diverse central city populations that are often underserved and underrepresented in areas of education and employment as well as in social, political and economic development.


The focus of our educational programs is to address community issues that are identified in collaboration with neighborhood residents, local leaders and officials from both the public and private sectors.

Our strategy is to build partnerships that link underserved residents with local schools, agencies, public officials, and local businesses and employers. We then assist in designing and implementing community initiatives that engage the partners in working together for positive community change. The process includes custom-designed classes, seminars, conferences and service learning activities that combine classroom learning with community action projects. Participants can earn continuing education units or university credits that count toward a college degree.

Many find our programs to be excellent opportunities to test their readiness in starting a college career, resuming a degree program or building a record of continuing education units.

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  Program Areas  
Teachers Professional Development Training
Trauma Counseling
Understanding Cultural Competency
Wisconsin Women Training Institute
Community Intercultural Certificate Program
For more information, contact:
Devarati Syam, Researcher & Director,, 414-227-3232
Pa Vang, Program Director,, 414-227-3277
Ekua Paulette Bangura, Faculty Associate,, 414-227-3281
Elvira T. Asuncion, Program & Operations Director ,, 227-3166