Better Communities
for Everyone

Student Resources for Community Activism

Get involved in your community! Students have the opportunity to make a big impact on the way cities are run. Together, we can create a fairer, healthier, more equitable world for everyone. The 21st Century Institute provides educational resources aimed at students who want to make a difference in their communities. The articles and videos on this site address matters of urbanism, race, and politics in American cities — and they are intended to inspire action. Don't just stand on the sideline; it's time to get engaged and make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.

Reflections from the Back Streets of a Renaissance City

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About 21st Century Institute

The 21st Century Institute was founded by Dr. Cynthia Hamilton and Robert Terrell in Newport, Rhode Island. We believe that by sharing common values, we can increase the opportunity for each individual within the community. Our staff members are a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience. Dr. Hamilton is Professor Emerita in African & African American Studies at the University of Rhode Island and has written extensively on issues related to housing, race, and urbanism. She also worked as a school teacher in Los Angeles for many years, during which time she encouraged her students to think about their communities and consider how they wanted to see them change.