The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence engages Indiana University Northwest and the community in partnerships that jointly formulate programs and policies to support thriving Northwest Indiana communities. The center works collaboratively with organizations in all sectors to address challenges and co-create solutions in diverse areas including economic development, government efficiency, nonprofit leadership development, public safety, transportation policy, environmental sustainability, health disparities, and arts and culture.
Please browse our web pages for more information about our partnership in the community, programs and events. Contact our staff to learn more about ways the center can work with your organization to drive positive change.
The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest engages the university and the community in partnerships that jointly formulate programs and policies to support thriving Northwest Indiana communities. Current projects include:
Members of the Northwest Indiana community are welcome to join us for a variety of educational and culturally enriching events. Click on the links below for more information.
The Division of Continuing Studies has developed a series of non-credit courses that are educational and fun for any adult learner. Graduation from high school, college, or admission to the university is not required.
A campus-community partnership transformed a vacant lot on campus grounds into a blossoming array of colorful native plants and vegetables. A portion of harvest yielded from the garden will be donated to various community organizations, including local shelters and a food pantry. The IU Northwest Community Garden is located on the southwest side of the Gary campus, behind the university’s Lindenwood Hall.
Kids between the ages of 10 and 13 are invited to attend Kids College at IU Northwest in July, with two-week sessions planned on the topics of citizenship and law enforcement. If athletics is more their interest, kids can choose to attend a basketball and leadership camp.
Classes for local senior residents include arts and crafts, writing, computer classes, and other enriching topics.
Center for Urban and Regional Excellence
Indiana University Northwest
Library Room 206
Gary, Indiana 46408