The South Side Initiative (SSI) brings together Lehigh University faculty, students and staff with the people of Bethlehem in order to share knowledge, foster democracy, and improve the quality of life in our city.

SSI rests on the proposition that the teaching and research mission of the university —and the quality of life in Bethlehem—will be enhanced by this collaboration that allows for the sharing of local forms of knowledge, historical memory, and cultural practice with those in the university. SSI ultimately creates a forum to address pressing challenges in the life of the city, by creating opportunities for informed democratic deliberation and action.


Breena Holland
Phone: 610-758-5982