Institute of Local and Community Studies
In its capacity as an institution of higher learning that trains thoughtful and highly skilled professionals to work in the community, Anna Maria depends on current and critically significant data, information and analysis. The myriad challenges (social, economic, health, etc.) that communities face demand that as an academic community we ask questions, investigate where possible, provide analyses and, where feasible, propose answers or solutions.
The Anna Maria Institute of Local and Community Studies will help frame some of the research questions important for the College and collaborators, and provide outlets for disseminating the results of research implemented by the academic community (faculty, students, and collaborators). Through its presence and activities, the Institute will encourage faculty, students and collaborators to engage in community research, whatever form that might take. The College houses an extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge about and commitment to the local community. This Institute will encourage the pursuit of knowledge and expression of creativity in support of the larger community.