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Robert E. Brown

Associate Director, Center for Community and Economic Development

E-Mail: brownr23@msu.edu

Department Web page: http://ced.msu.edu

Robert E. Brown is an associate director of the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED), Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement. Mr. Brown brokers, facilitates, and participates in university/community partnerships that are scholarly, community-based, collaborative, responsive, and capacity-building for the public good. Staffing the CCED Flint Office, he works with community partners across multiple sectors to:

  • Co-create systemic engagement platforms that link science and community wisdom for transformational change
  • Co-create collaborative platforms with action protocols—iterative, strategic action across community and academic networks
  • Frame and operationalize engagement within developmental and ecological contexts
  • Co-create collective impact by combining human development, community development, and economic development

Brown is a husband and father (his son Desmond is in the 4th grade), and is a resident of the great City of Flint and a board member of WOW Outreach. He is also a core team member of the national Strategic Doing Institute, and helped to found Neighborhoods Without Borders, a network of Flint residents working to dismantle systemic and institutional racism. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.

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Recent Publications

McNall, M. A., Brown, R. E., Barnes-Najor, J. V., Doberneck, D. M., & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2015). Systemic engagement: Universities as partners in systemic approaches to community change. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 19(1), 7-32.


Recent Reports

Brown R. (2012, May). Neighborhoods Without Borders: Strategic Doing case study. West Lafayette, IN: Strategic Doing National Design Team.

Brown, R. (2012, January). Infancy to Innovation whitepaper. Lansing, MI: Capital Area Infancy to Innovation.


Recent Presentations

  • (May 2016)

    Despair and hope: The story of Strategic Doing in Flint

    Brown, Robert E.

    Presented at the National Strategic Doing Conference

    University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama

  • (September 2015)

    Systemic engagement: Universities as partners in systemic approaches to community change

    McNall, M., Barnes-Najor, J., Brown, R. E., Doberneck, D. M., & Fitzgerald, H. E.

    Paper presented at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference

    University Park, Pennsylvania

  • (December 2014)

    Supporting your tribe in creating effective teams to enhance native language and culture

    Barnes-Najor, J. V., Burnett, R., Kerver, J., Verdugo, M., Brown, R. E., Filimore, R., & Abramson, L.

    Workshop presented at the Honoring Our Commitments to Native Families and Communities: Today and Tomorrow (2014 ACF Grantee Conference)

    Washington, D.C.

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