Nexus Community Engagement Institute

Who We Are

Nexus Community Engagement Institute (NCEI) advances and strengthens communities through equity-based community engagement, both locally and nationally.

Mission

To create an equitable and just society by advancing the practice of community engagement.

What We Believe

All community members, especially those who have been historically oppressed and ignored, should be engaged in and have authorship of their lives and future. Community engagement is a life-long commitment to a set of values that places equity, inclusion and community at the center.

Our Commitment

The Institute will honor, build, and grow what has come before and what is yet to come through broad engagement and co-creation with on-the-ground practitioners.

What We Do

  1. Convening Communities of Practice – we convene beginning, intermediate and advanced community engagement practitioners to explore opportunities and issues emerging in the field.
  2. Equipping the Field of Community Engagement – we produce tools and resources, lift up stories of impact and strengthen community engagement evaluation strategies.
  3. Growing the Field of Community Engagement – we coach, train and cultivate authentic community engagement practitioners in institutions, systems and communities.

History

Nexus Community Engagement Institute is continuing the work of the Building the Field of Community Engagement (BTF) collaborative, a four-year (2012-2016) initiative designed to magnify and elevate the power of community engagement to change the way problems are solved and resources are invested.

In 2015, Build the Field began to transition into the Nexus Community Engagement Institute (NCEI), housed at Nexus Community Partners. Many original BTF partners now sit on NCEI’s advisory committee, guiding and supporting the work of the Institute.

Below is an image of the graphic harvest of NCEI’s Theme Jam in 2016 that helped transition from BTF and informed the design of NCEI.