Center for Urban and Regional Excellence

Center for Urban and Regional Excellence

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Center for Urban and Regional Excellence

Chicago, United States 

Indiana University Northwest


The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) at Indiana University Northwest engages the University and the community in the creation of positive, sustainable and impactful programs and initiatives. CURE works collaboratively with organizations in all sectors to promote continued learning, solution-based interaction and mutually-beneficial partnerships in our communities.

Main Activities

Since its inception in 2004, CURE has worked to support the community, faculty, staff, and students in forming long-term partnerships, which serve as the foundation of engagement activities. To learn more about CURE’s engagement activities, please browse our webpage. We also encourage you to explore the CURE Blog, which features a variety of contributors and perspectives on community engagement in action.

The center engages in outreach and partnership building activities.  Both types of activities are focused on improving the quality of life in the Northwest Indiana region.   Outreach activities provide life-enriching educational opportunities to community members on a variety of social, economic and environmental issues, e.g, healthy eating, financial security, and the arts.  Our partnerships are characterized by mutually-beneficial, reciprocal interactions that engage community and university in co-designing and co-implementing initiatives addressing sustainable community development. Our most recent work is in the area of civic health, assessing civic outcomes and facilitating the development of a civic capacity strategy that focuses on citizen participation in decision making.

Organizational Structure

The center is staffed by a Director (PhD, JD), and Asst. Director of Engaged Research (MPA).  Our funding sources include university allocations, grants and contracts. In the past five years, grants and contracts totaled over $350,000 in support of community-based research initiatives.


Ellen Szarleta, Ph.D, J.D.