A district-university partnership paved the way to an innovative plan to merge a low performing school on the border slated to be closed, with a top forming school less than two miles away. Two communities with differing ideologies in the education of their students and communities merged.
Purpose: Participants will understand how to approach and engage organizations in ways that benefit those who need it the most – children and communities.
Objectives: 1) Demonstrate the importance of equity and inclusion in community and partnership work, including challenges inherent in the process and across the diversity between both communities; 2) Communicate how effective community/district/university partnerships are related to our work at the university
The importance of equity and inclusion in community-engaged work
The understanding that challenges inherent in these cases are to be expected and the importance of including all voices, perspectives
The importance for university faculty to engage in this work and ground courses in this type of work.