2017-2022 Strategic Plan
Over the past year, the staff at the
Dornsife Center worked with Praxis
Consulting Group to develop a five-year
strategic plan, creating a clear direction
for the Dornsife Center's programming
and development. In their process Praxis
talked with neighborhood and Drexel
stakeholders, program participants
and program partners, and took into
account existing neighborhood plans as
well as the foundational Dornsife Center
planning and evaluation documents. We
are pleased to share the highlights of
this plan with you.
The Dornsife Center brings Drexel’s academic and
administrative expertise into the neighborhood,
engaging students, faculty and administrators with
community residents in creative collaboration to
address matters of shared importance.
Mantua, Powelton Village and Drexel University are
strong, vibrant and effective because they are doing
shared public work to advance their individual and
collective interests. Education and civic life are
strengthened when all participate in this public work.
Statement of Principles
- Community residents and leaders and Drexel University administrators, faculty and students all
have knowledge and skills that can be of mutual value. Each constituency is benefitted when
the knowledge and skills of all partners are mobilized.
- The projects and activities facilitated by the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
are based on the concept of reciprocity: all parties have a stake and the potential to gain.
Projects and activities will be evaluated to determine whether they meet the standard of
- Community interests, needs and priorities must play a primary role in the identification of
shared work. At the same time, the Dornsife Center needs to benefit teaching and research at
- None of this work can happen without mutual trust. All activities will be marked by
transparency and accountability.
- The partnerships facilitated by the Dornsife Center will transform both Drexel University and
Mantua and Powelton Village.
- The work of the Dornsife Center will be grounded in cultural competence. Each person
involved in a Dornsife Center partnership will strive to have an appreciation for cultures other
than their own and will be open to learn from others.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 1: Align Dornsife Center staff, financial and physical resources, and
the Dornsife Community Advisory Council so that they are focused on facilitating partnerships
between Drexel University and Mantua and Powelton Village.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 2: Make the Dornsife Center the centerpiece of the place-based
work of the Office of University and Community Partnerships (UCP).
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 3: Develop a process for identifying community ambitions that align
with Drexel University’s academic and administrative resources.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 4: Identify the teaching and learning, knowledge and creative
production and administrative resources of Drexel University that best align with community
priorities and needs.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 5: Communicate the mission, vision and principles of the Dornsife
Center to all stakeholders so that they understand how they can participate and how they
can benefit. Communicate the accomplishments of the Dornsife Center, powerfully and
tangibly, so all stakeholders can measure progress.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 6: Implement a fund raising initiative that results in endowed funding
for core operations and program funding to support programs.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 7: Implement an assessment and evaluation initiative that is both
quantitative and qualitative, that helps tell the story of the Dornsife Center as well as
determines what outcomes are being achieved.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 8: Play a role in the national civic engagement in higher education