EPIC Overview

Understanding EPIC

Cities and communities face serious challenges related to social equity, environmental sustainability, fiscal health, livability and more.  While these are real challenges, lack of knowledge of how to address them is often not the barrier for moving forward, but putting knowledge into practice is.  Cities often lack the time, capacity, knowledge, and political space to do things in new ways.  Universities, on the other hand, especially via existing curricula and classrooms, have an enormous amount of time, capacity, access to new knowledge, and an inherent ability to insert new ideas into the public discourse in politically safe ways

Matching cities and universities to take advantage of one another’s needs and capacities, and doing so at a bigger scale than more typical one-off university-community projects, is the EPIC innovation that actually helps move the needle on pressing community issues while also training the next generation workforce and professionals.  And because the EPIC approach works within the existing administrative structures of both universities and cities, the model is highly replicable and adaptable.  Read on to learn more.


Learn how the EPIC-Network is creating sustainable change.


From the University of Oregon to the world.  



The success of the EPIC network depends on the collective efforts of every EPIC program. Learn about them here.


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This brief animation clearly explains how and why this university-community partnership model works and how it easily spans different administrative structures of both universities and communities.

This video shares the experiences from the University of Washington's EPIC program: Livable City Year (LCY). The inaugural LCY partnership was between UW and the city of Auburn throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.