Partners in Urban Development
Since 1985, Clark University has played a leadership role in the Main South community abutting its campus. That relationship was formalized in 1995 when Clark became a primary partner in the broad, grassroots collaboration called the University Park Partnership (UPP).
This partnership connects Clark with neighborhood residents and organizations, local churches, government officials, the business community, and public schools. Together, these groups are organized around the Main South Community Development Corporation (CDC), the neighborhood’s development organization and a key component of UPP.
UPP focuses on four major areas of urban redevelopment:
- Housing and physical rehabilitation
- Economic development
- Social and recreational activities for neighborhood residents
The University’s interest in UPP is rooted in its responsibility to the neighborhood and also in its long-standing tradition of applying teaching and learning to real-world problems.
Clark students and faculty conduct research with UPP organizations. They teach in neighborhood schools and serve as mentors to the children of Main South. In addition, many Clark faculty and staff — including Clark’s president — have become neighborhood residents.