Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
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Submission Date March 2, 2016
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Miami University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Susan Meikle
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

Below is a sample of some of Miami's immersive experiences:

Miami's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) in Over-the-Rhine offers students a semester-long residency program in Over-the-Rhine, an underserved neighborhood in Cincinnati. The Center provides a site for learning that intersects with the needs of social movement in the the inner city. Through social engagement, the CCE's mission is to generate learning and knowledge among students, faculty, residents, and ultimately the community.

The Residency Program exemplifies the Center’s mission to work collaboratively with neighborhood organizations and residents -through courses, research, and service - in order to help formulate strategies and policies consistent with developing a community without displacement. It recently received $45,000 in funding from the John E. Fetzer Institute to implement several projects that build on the Center's collaborative residency program and the Over-the-Rhine People's Movement.

A uniqueness of the CCE is its relationship with the Over-the-Rhine People's Movement -
a coalition of individuals and organizations that engage with community members and students to "foster respect, empathy and healing" and build social capital across racial and economic divides.

The inaugural project for the Miami University Center for Community Design's Atelier program received two awards since its completion in May 2015.

The program has won several awards. One project students worked on:
In October, Beasley Place at 1405-07 Republic Street was named the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association's 2015 Project of the Year. In November, the Cincinnati Preservation Association acknowledged it a with a 2015 Rehabilitation Award. The 17,000 square foot building was built in 1897 and long served as an affordable housing site in the center of Over-the-Rhine. After a long vacancy, the historic structure now contains 13 affordable housing units,

The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:

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