Community Engagement

Lehigh University South Side Initiative - photo by ryan hulvat
Working groups bring together Lehigh faculty, students and staff with community members to engage in sustained multi-year work on issues to which we can bring academic expertise as well as local knowledge and investment. Working groups seek to address pressing local problems and to create significant enhancements in the quality of life on the South Side and in the city and region more broadly.

Under the auspices of SSI, working groups conduct sustained research and creative projects, organize public forums and other public events, host visiting speakers and artists – and, at their most ambitious, help to build new institutions on the South Side.

We encourage community members, government officials, and local organizations – as well as Lehigh faculty, students and staff – to propose new SSI working groups. Contact the Directors if you want to launch or participate in the development of a new group.


CURRENTLY ACTIVE WORKING GROUPS INCLUDE:Lehigh University South Side Initiative - woman giving lecture