Participants will examine a multidimensional community partnership model as part of a comprehensive strategy institutionalized at a Carnegie-classified community-engaged institution. Together with the presenters – a community engagement administrator, faculty member, and community partner – attendees will explore principles that guide mutually beneficial partnerships between higher education institutions and community-based agencies. They will also discuss programs that have produced measurable outcomes for underserved communities. A specific example will focus on a service-learning course, which has produced a curriculum for an early-learning program and provided socio-emotional support to some 500 children at two inner-city sites. Furthermore, the presenters will engage attendees in exploring salient features of a capacity-building approach to community transformation. Finally, participants will identify characteristics of purposeful, productive partnerships.
Participants will be able to:
explain the main principles of effective university-community partnerships (shared values, vision, and purpose; clear roles and responsibilities; reciprocity – mutual trust, participation, and benefits)
outline key features of a capacity-building approach to community transformation
list at least four characteristics of productive partnerships