Building Capacity - Creating Opportunities - Overcoming Barriers - Inspiring Action

The University-Community Empowerment Center at Western Michigan University is a research, consultation, and training center that collaborates with individuals, groups and organizations to empower communities to reduce poverty.

Employing research, evaluation, policy analysis, consultation, training and advocacy, the overall goal of the center is to empower distressed communities by assisting them in creating social and economic opportunities through the engagement of community residents, service providers and other stakeholders in collaborative action to reduce poverty.


Dr. Dana Cunningham

Join us Thursday, April 5 for a pair of events to discuss how families deal with the incarceration of family members.

The events are a continuation of the UCEC's Building Bridges series of discussions for community empowerment and growth. The April events feature Lansing native and licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Dana Cunningham, who has devoted more than 16 years to working with children, adolescents and families. Dr. Cunningham recently published a book titled A Day I'll Never Forget, which shares the story of a youngster whose father was suddenly incarcerated.

  • Thursday, April 5 - 11 a.m.  |  Academic Forum
    College of Health and Human Services, Room 4010
    Dr. Cunningham's presentation is titled Beyond the Bars: The Impact of Parental Incarceration and will be followed by discussion with students, faculty and community members.
    Event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
  • Thursday, April 5 - 6 p.m.  |  Community Panel Discussion
    Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home, 1424 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI
    Dr. Cunningham will lead a panel of University and community leaders in a discussion about the impacts of incarceration on a community, specifically the impacts on children.
    Event is free and open to the public. More information and RSVP online

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