Welcome to the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS)!
Since 1972, CCRS has worked in partnership with community-based organizations, local, state and federal governmental agencies, non-profit and private/for-profit entities, grass-roots community groups, as well as academic partners within and outside of the University of Delaware to promote healthy and vibrant communities across our state (and beyond).
We engage in interdisciplinary and action-oriented research and services to enhance the wellbeing of people and places, particularly those that experience disadvantages relative to other communities.
Our work is grounded in a number of core values, including social justice and civic engagement, where the needs and priorities of communities come first. We view our work as helping to build the capacity of those working in and with communities to enhance the social, economic, physical and cultural opportunities available to all residents.
With two locations in the state, one in downtown Wilmington and one on the main campus in Newark, CCRS has worked for over 40 years to be a focal point for community research, engagement and action. We work in a number of areas, including public health and healthcare, community development and revitalization, nonprofit capacity-building, and media studies, to name a few. It is our commitment to community well-being that binds the diverse activities that are housed in the Center.
I am proud of the work of the Center and encouraged by the progress we see every day. I'm inspired by and grateful for the work of our partners, including the residents of our wonderfully dynamic and diverse neighborhoods. But there is much work to be done and I look forward to continuing to work with you to promote thriving communities.