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Place-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education
A Strategy to Transform Universities and Communities

Foreword by Geoffrey Canada
Paper: 978 1 62036 677 6 / $35.00
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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
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While an increasing number of universities have or are committed to engaging their campuses in their surrounding communities, many recognize they lack the strategic focus and resources to maximize and sustain their impact on those communities. Place-based community engagement provides a powerful way to creatively connect campus and community to foster positive social transformation.

In developing community engagement strategies, most universities and community organizations face significant challenges in deciding who to partner with and why. Frequently this leads universities and community organizations to say “yes” to too many opportunities which significantly limit their ability to pursue long-term impact. Focusing on an established geographic area can make it much easier to decide where to deploy resources and which partnerships to prioritize and thus increase their ability to form strong and sustainable partnerships that are of greater value to all stakeholders.

This book presents the emerging model of place-based community engagement as a powerful process for attaining more positive and enduring results in their local communities as well as stimulating wider engagement by campus constituencies. Drawing upon the concept of collective impact and using data-driven decision making, place-based initiatives build long-term partnerships based upon a shared vision. Done thoughtfully, these place-based initiatives have attained impressive results.

Drawing upon the case studies of five institutions that have implemented place-based community engagement initiatives, the authors provide guidance on the opportunities, challenges, and considerations involved in putting a place-based approach into effect. By sharing the experiences of these five institutions, they describe in detail the routes each took to turn their place-based initiatives from concept to reality, and the results they achieved.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Introduction, Context, and Methodology
1. Introduction to Place-Based Community Engagement
2. Place-Based Community Engagement in Practice
3. Methodology and Institutional Profiles

Part 2: Phases Of Place-Based Community Engagement
4. The Exploration Phase: Listening and Visioning
5. The Development Phase: Experimenting and Growing
6. The Sustaining Phase: In it for the Long Haul

Part 3: Key Considerations for Practice
7. A View From the Community: Community Partners’ Perspectives
8. Pursuing Results: The Practice of Assessment and Outcomes
9. Lessons Learned and Moving Forward

About The Authors

Reviews & Endorsements:
"This is a very timely and important volume. Many institutions around the country recognize that achieving their core mission requires engagement with the communities of which they are of a part. But community engagement must be a two-way street. This book dives deep into examples of several institutions around the country that are practicing more responsive and responsible ways of addressing the needs of communities by working in partnership with, and not merely in them. A must read for anyone on either side of the town/gown divide."
- Charles Rutheiser, PhD, Senior Associate, Center for Civic Sites and Community Change , Annie E. Casey Foundation
"Yamamura and Koth offer a spectacular resource for postsecondary leaders, scholars, and community change agents pursuing place-based community engagements between communities and universities. They outline five key principles in practice by presenting institutional cases, portray a developmental process of three phases, render community perspectives, and promote the role of assessment. Perhaps most valuable is their robust exploration of critical issues such as the centrality of mutual benefit, aka the 50-50 proposition (distinct from the postsecondary tendency to focus more on student learning and faculty research impacts); how considerations of power, privilege, racial equity and voice are encountered within place-based engagements; and the “virtuous cycle” that is possible when residents pursue degrees through the university and leverage their education to serve their community or become community change leaders. This book is required reading for those seeking to develop or refine place-based engagement initiatives."
- Lina D. Dostilio, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Engagement, Associate Professor of Practice in Education , University of Pittsburgh