Partnership is essential to everything MERC accomplishes and we have been very fortunate to have benefited from long standing collaborative relationships with many organizations. Currently our partnerships include:
Prescott College has been our primary collaborator on the Dopoi Center and International Student Programs. PC is a liberal arts college in northern Arizona with an unusual commitment to social justice and environmental education, expressed through a masters program in Social Justice and Community Organizing, a PhD program in Sustainability Education, the XITO Institute, Fanon Community Strategy Center, and Indigenous Community Partnership Project at our Kino Bay field station in Mexico. Prescott College expresses an institutional commitment to immigrant rights and anti-racism. The Maasai community has benefited from the contributions of many PC faculty, students, staff, and board members who have taught, researched and donated to this work who teach and study across the curriculum.
The Global Resolve program of the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University has been MERC’s primary partner in building models of collaborative, community led development. Our partnership has led to the engagement of ASU faculty and students in various projects for sustainable development in Maasailand, culminating in plans for the Maasai Automotive Education Center (MAEC).
Rotary International is our most valued partner in the critical work of bringing clean Water to Maasailand, and more than 50,000 people are living beyond thirst today because of the commitment of many Rotarians over the years that water is a human right and that development is most effective when it is based in local knowledge.
MERC welcomes partnerships of many kinds; to explore further, please contact Mary Poole at [email protected]