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