Wilmington Partnership

In this photo: (Seated l-r) Wilmington Council President Hanifa Shabazz, UD President Dennis Assanis, DSU President Harry L. Williams and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki prepare to sign a cooperation and assistance agreement that will benefit the city, its residents and businesses. Representatives of UD, DSU and the city stand behind the signees.

(Seated l-r) Wilmington Council President Hanifa Shabazz, UD President Dennis Assanis, DSU President Harry L. Williams and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki prepare to sign a cooperation and assistance agreement that will benefit the city, its residents, and businesses. Representatives of UD, DSU and the city stand behind the signees. Photo Courtesy of DSU.

A new partnership between the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and the City of Wilmington will bring opportunities for university students and faculty to assist in the development of applied and practical research geared at improving city government operations.

The Wilmington Partnership will create a formal framework for collaboration addressing the most compelling challenges and opportunities faced by Delaware’s largest city and its residents. Other community institutions, such as the Delaware Community Foundation, will also be engaged with this new partnership. Led by the Center for Community Research and Service, the University has played a central role in addressing the urban challenges facing Wilmington and New Castle County for more than half a century. Now, this role will be strengthened through programs that increase and sustain research-based collaborative approaches to challenges related to health, education, community and economic development and environmental sustainability.

The Wilmington Parntership agreement paves way for a number of collaboration opportunities between the two universities and the City of Wilmington, including the ability to partner on future student internships, research projects, grant applications, and fellowships; a shared utilization of field experts within both the universities and the city; resource sharing to promote local government efficiency and service delivery and the expansion of such programs as the Urban Fellows Program (UFP) to allow for more students to assist Wilmington with specific government projects.

Established through the School of Public Policy & Administration’s Center for Community Research & Service (CCRS) in 2013, the UPF program partners exceptional UD students with the City of Wilmington to assist in developing policies that address the needs of the community. The program, which serves as a testament to the longstanding collaboration between the school and Wilmington, offers up benefits for both sides: fellows bring with them the ability to assist the city’s officials in the development of policy while working Wilmington provides the fellows with real-world experience that can’t be mimicked on campus.

Read the full legislation from the Wilmington City Council website.