"Our intent is to create an archive for all interested churches so that they have a resource to teach the next generation and preserve their history."
- Professor Anthony Alfieri, Director, Center for Ethics & Public Service
The Historic Black Church Program provides multidisciplinary resources in education, law, and social services to underserved residents by establishing congregation-based church partnerships through the West Grove's sixteen-church Ministerial Alliance. It is also expanding to collaborate with additional churches in Liberty City, Overtown, South Miami and other low income communities of color throughout Miami-Dade county.
The program offers University of Miami students and faculty opportunities for civic engagement, service-learning, and community-based research and is comprised of the following initiatives:
Environmental Justice Clinic
The Environmental Justice Clinic provides advocacy and transactional assistance to low- and moderate-income communities discriminated against by public and private actors in the contexts of the built and natural environment across the fields of civil rights (e.g., housing and transportation), environmental protection (e.g., biodiversity and wildlife, climate change, energy conservation and sustainability, food access, land use, and pollution), poverty law (e.g., community economic development and municipal equity), and public health. Read More.
Oral History & Documentary Film Project
The Oral History & Documentary Film Project compiles oral history archives and produces film documentaries to preserve the cultural and social history of low-income communities of color in South Florida through a partnership with Ransom Everglades High School. Since 2010, the project has produced five films and documenting the history of Coconut Grove Village West, public school segregation in Miami-Dade County, and environmental injustice in the City of Miami. Read More.
Social Enterprise Clinic (not offered in 2017-2018)
The Social Enterprise Clinic provides education and training in the start-up and governance of nonprofit organizations and for-profit benefit and social purpose corporations. Fieldwork: Coconut Grove Village West (e.g., Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance, Inc. Greater St. Paul AME CDC) and Little Haiti (e.g., Little Haiti FC Soccer Club).
In the News
Center for Ethics & Public Service Honors Attorneys Who Worked to Block Trolley Garage in Low Income Neighborhood
Coral Gables settles dispute over trolley garage – Miami Herald
Coral Gables close to deal on trolley garage – Miami Herald
Coral Gables Commission to address power lines, trolley on Monday – Miami Herald
Coral Gables postpones decision on trolley-dispute settlement – Miami Herald
West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods - WLRN
CEPS Engages in Trolley Garage Fight on Behalf of West Grove Residents
Dartmouth College Students Explore Miami Law Ethics Programs
Miami Law and FIU Partner for the First Time to Develop Education Rights Initiative
Health, Nutrition, Education Fair Saturday in Coconut Grove
Center for Ethics and Public Service Hosts First Annual Community Health and Education Fair in the West Grove