Project Vision Statement
The Harding Community Resource Center building will expand the successful collaborations at HUPS by providing more physical space for services and community groups, thereby supporting current HUPS families as well as residents of the Santa Barbara Westside community who do not have an enrolled student.
After public presentations, the Santa Barbara School Board and the Santa Barbara City Council unanimously approved the Center’s mission.
Schools at the Center of Healthy Communities
The Center is a unified collaboration—led by UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School of Education —that takes a holistic approach to supporting the Westside community. Informed by the groundbreaking work of researchers including Nicholas Hobbs and Geoffrey Canada (Harlem Children’s Zone), this approach brings together existing social supports, for example SBACT and the Westside Health Collaborative, and will establish opportunities for additional partners to enrich the lives of all neighborhood residents. We envision the Center as a one-stop community resource for legal aid, language lessons, child care, healthcare, after-school programs, prenatal classes, fine arts education, computer tutoring, bicycling groups, senior yoga, and more.
UCSB and the Gevirtz School have partnered with Harding for over a decade, so the Center is a natural extension to the successful collaboration. This Harding University Partnership has enhanced the learning and development of students at Harding and their families, through educational, social, and psychological interventions. At the same time, students and researchers from UCSB have learned from the students, parents, teachers, and administrators at Harding. UCSB has resources and experts to coordinate and document the implementation of evidence-based practices. Through our collaboration, we hope to document our processes, successes, and challenges in order to create a blueprint for school-centered, more equitable communities.