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Creating Whole Communities (CWC), formed in 2014, brings together the University of Missouri–St. Louis (School of Social Work, Des Lee Collaborative Vision, and the Public Policy Research Center), University of Missouri Extension, and the St. Louis region’s neighborhoods to focus on strengthening our communities. Creating Whole Communities involves multiple disciplines, departments, and community leaders who work to research, provide training and informational resources, and foster public conversation on issues that are critical to strengthening the regions ability to build strong communities.

CWC believes in rooting its work in three principles.

A dedicated leadership team, committees, and staff have come together to deliver on CWC’s three areas of work and principles. Click here to see who is involved.

For students, faculty, and community stakeholders that want to get involved or explore opportunities to work with CWC, please click here.

Events and Training

Feb. 22 - Whats Brewing: Arts and Culture in Old North St. Louis and St. Louis Place 
Feb. 28 - CWC Research Fellows Presentation
What's New?
See Dr. Jörg Plöger's presentation on Revitalizing Older Industrial Cities here.
Read CWC Research Fellow Dr. Adriano Udani's research on African Immigrant Perceptions of Non-Profit Service Providers in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region.


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Karl Guenther