Human capital development focuses on building human capacity and empowerment of individuals and families. It is a transformative approach that involves the interrelationship among human, economic, physical and social development. Our action motto is “Working to build the human-capacity of families for a healthier, vibrant, more competitive Mississippi.”
The Human Capital Development Division was established in 2009 initially to administer the five-year (5) Washington Addition Prenatal/Early Childhood Education Project (WAPECEP). The human capacity-building project, funded with a grant from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation provides a comprehensive approach to early intervention for children and families in the Washington Addition community. The project is a multi-disciplinary approach to address the various domains of human development-social, educational, economic, physical and cultural indicators that contribute to their at-risk status.
The Human Capital Development Division uses a transformative approach to community development where community residents are engaged and participate in the process that aims to increase their capacity to become empowered to take positive, informed action in their lives. As individuals and families are changed other positive changes may also accrue to neighborhoods, communities and society at-large.
The Division collaborates with other University departments, faculty, staff, students and community partners to transform lives and build more sustainable communities.