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The History of the CPC

Arnold Robinson - Former Associate Dean for Community Engagement (Staff Headshot - Sept. 2018)

The Community Partnerships Center (CPC) at Roger Williams University was founded by Arnold Robinson, the Associate Dean for Community Engagement. Roger Williams University President, the late Donald J. Farish, had wanted all community engagement classes - classes reaching out into the community to work with real businesses, organizations, and partners - to be organized by one department. He appointed Arnold Robinson as head of the department and tasked him with establishing and maintaining this department. It was originally based in a small office in the School of Architecture, as at the time the CPC only involved the School’s of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.

The School of Architecture at RWU

Within a year, the CPC was a hit among the faculty on campus. With professors from the Business and Engineering schools asking for their own CPC classes, the organization had to expand its team and reach across other disciplinary fields. Within the first year, the CPC had completed 13 projects. By year three, the CPC was completing between 20 and 30 projects a semester.

Three years later, the CPC relocated its base of operations to the Farmhouse with the Feinstein Center and the Study Abroad offices. The once one-man team now featured multiple full-time staff members and almost forty student workers. The CPC oversees upwards of 80 projects per school year, with that number increasing every new term.

The Farmhouse - Featuring the CPC, Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, and Study Abroad

The CPC today has grown exponentially since it’s small start in a space Architecture office, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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Oct 30, 2019

Great article! It's amazing to see the CPC reflect on its origins. I remember Contributing to the earliest projects of the CPC in the fall of 2011. Arnold was my professor for the HP Rehab class, so he had us work with an architecture class to conduct an existing conditions assessment for the Walley School in town. I did two additional CPC projects during the academic year - really fun stuff. If you're interested in hearing more, let me know!

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