Community Partners

Teaching Democracy was created through deep collaboration and curriculum sharing with three anchor organizations organizations who are core partners of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning:


Chinese Progressive Association is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. It seeks to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect their lives. Recent successful collaborative organizing campaigns include securing Chinese and Vietnamese bilingual ballots and unionization for home health workers. Part of the Right to the City Alliance, CPA is currently part of a campaign to secure “Just Cause Eviction” legislation in Boston.



Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative‘s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners. Established in 1985 as a resident-led membership organization, DSNI’s role is community planning and organizing. Major work includes the Boston Promise Initiative to mobilize family and community effort to improve child outcomes, a community land trust to protect land use and achieve permanent housing affordability, and the Fairmount Cultural Corridor.



Somerville Community Corporation, established in 1969, focuses sustaining affordability and livability for the lower income two thirds of the population, recent immigrants and generational descendants of the earlier immigrants. As a membership-based organization,, SCC is a community development corporation strongly rooted in grassroots community organizing, resulting in a number of successful campaigns over the years to influence affordable housing policy and neighborhood quality of life improvements. Since 2005, SCC has also built a strong practice of participatory community planning originally with our East Somerville Initiative, and later the Community Corridor Planning project along the pathway of the anticipated MBTA Green Line Extension.