University Economic Development Association


American Resilience & Equity Networks Initiative (ARENI)


As our nation rebuilds from the multiple crises of the past two years, regions are setting new priorities, meeting evolving challenges, and making investments that will impact generations to come. We have witnessed and learned the importance of working toward economic equity and building economic resilience within our regions. 

The American Resilience & Equity Networks Initiative (ARENI) offers higher education institutions (HEIs) a structure for collaboration on resilience and equity issues and EDA’s University Centers. ARENI will provide regular convenings, online forums, and resource libraries. ARENI will gather information about how HEIs are approaching their equity and resilience efforts. The ARENI Advisory Council will evaluate these methods and elevate those that are  original, scalable, sustainable, impactful, and replicable in other regions, making the approaches and their results widely available to the ARENI network. 

Why Join ARENI?

The American Resilience & Equity Networks Initiative (ARENI) is the best way to network with other higher education leaders who are interested in advancing equity and resilience for the regions they serve. Join ARENI because you can: 

  • Join for FREE!
  • Access resources that can improve your strategies and strengthen your partnerships; 
  • Take advantage of ARENI’s in-person and virtual peer networking opportunities; 
  • Attend highly relevant and informative webinars and discussions to help you work through challenges and identify opportunities;
  • Highlight your own projects and initiatives and obtain feedback and support from your peers around the country. 

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ARENI is operated by the UEDA using Federal funds under award ED21HDQ3120062 from Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.