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Our Mission

Pivotal Places serves as a platform where university students coordinate integrated research and development initiatives that promote sustainable and resilient communities.  

Through strategic partnerships, we co-create innovative solutions to complex socio-economic and ecological challenges.

We focus on areas where there is tension between needs of the people, conservation goals, and urban development; where our efforts can have the greatest positive influence on human and environmental health.


Pivotal Places stands to be a unique approach to conservation and community resilience, weaving study abroad, innovative research, and actionable change into a single organization.

Built upon over 20 years of research in the region and our summer in South Africa, our team has created this community-based organization to help aid in the development of solutions to complex challenges.

The process to create this organization was collaborative and took many iterative steps. But as a result of the hard work of 17 study abroad students for the past year, Pivotal Places and its innovative model were created.

 
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“South Africa is regularly portrayed as helpless and in need, but my experience showed strength, persistence and desire to make a change in their community, they just need a little more help to do so!”

– Sabrina Romeo

2018 Program Participant