The Global ARC facilitates new ways for universities to engage with community members, while jointly addressing challenges negatively impacting local neighborhoods. This value-based approach emphasizes reciprocity, respect, mutuality, equity, inclusion, partnership, and shared vision.
To bring about significant change on a policy and/or systems level requires joining the forces of science, research and technology with the practical knowledge of the community, merging theory and practice. The Global ARC acts as a transformational facilitator between the institutions of science, research and technology and local communities to develop and maintain a process that facilitates authentic bi-directional learning. The Global ARC operates from the premise that everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach. The challenge is to bring both of these worlds together in a way that allows for an equitable exchange of knowledge that leads to joint learning, generates new knowledge, and contributes to the development of healthy communities.