Picture of Felicia SimpsonMs. Felicia Simpson, Ed.S., has been selected as the Director of the UA Gadsden Center. Beginning October 1, 2021, the UA Gadsden Center will serve under the leadership of Dean Peter Hlebowitsh in the College of Education. The Gadsden Center will focus on outreach and community engagement providing a resource hub for state and local agencies. Current partners include:

Alabama Afterschool Community Network (ALACN)

Established with the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Alabama Afterschool Community Network (ALACN) is one of the 50 national afterschool networks dedicated to informing policy, developing partnerships, and shaping practices to sustain and increase the quality of afterschool programs nationwide.

STEM Next Opportunity Fund

STEM Next is a national leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning, working to increase opportunities for youth in and out of school.

Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. The Afterschool Alliance is supported by a group of public, private and non-profit organizations that share the a common vision of ensuring that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool and expanded learning programs. Creating more afterschool programs, increasing program quality and moving toward long-term sustainability requires building strong public will in support of afterschool and expanded learning. The Afterschool Alliance was created to conduct this public awareness and advocacy work and to serve as a national voice for afterschool and expanded learning.

Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education and First Class Pre-K

The University of Alabama Gadsden Early Learning Initiative (ELI) is an inclusive diverse program designed to meet the needs of the community by providing (2) First Class Pre-K classrooms. The ELI strives to promote evidence based practices and high-quality early learning for all children by providing a model of care and education for young children and serving as a site to advance in-service and pre-service educator professional development and research in early childhood education.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

OLLI at The University of Alabama offers a wide variety of intellectually stimulating, non-credit courses and learning opportunities designed for people “50 and better”. There are no tests and no grades! It is learning solely for the joy of learning. OLLI is a membership program where, in addition to educational offerings, members can enjoy travel opportunities, socials and local events that builds a sense of community and camaraderie among participants. Educational offerings change each semester, so there is always something new and interesting across a wide range of topics; all for a minimal semester fee.