Nexus Community Engagement Institute

NCEI works to build more permanently organized communities by creating a healthy ecosystem where all communities are readily engaged and resourced.

At Nexus, we believe that community engagement is central to ushering out the rules, attitudes, and practices that concentrate wealth and power, and ushering in ways of living and working that nourish people now and for generations to come.

In early March 2024, Nexus made the difficult decision to sunset the Community Engagement Institute (NCEI). Although NCEI as a program and a platform will no longer exist, community engagement will always be woven throughout all our work. We will continue to evolve this work as we move into the future. Authorship is a central strategy at Nexus, and we remain committed to a world where all community members are engaged in and have authorship of their lives and their futures. Access our tools here, and learn about the history of community engagement at Nexus here.

If you have any questions about the history, impact or learnings from Building the Field of Community Enagement or Nexus Community Engagement Institute, please reach out to Theresa Gardella at If you’d like to share a story or experience of BTF, NCEI, or any of our tools, click here and let us know!

What is Community Engagement?

Community engagement is a process and practice of making sure all people are seen, heard, and valued. Valuing everyone, especially those who are excluded and isolated by racial and economic violence, is healing and transformative. Community engagement stewards us into right relationship with each other and all living things.


NCEI sees our role in the social justice ecosystem as a Dandelion. We enrich the soil for innovation and liberation by holding nutrient-rich spaces with community, as well as supporting organizations and people in systems to loosen up systems’ toxic soil to create pathways for growth, community voice, and power.

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