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ERIC Number: EJ764785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan-25
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Project Town Gown
Davies, Sally Walker
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n25 p16-19 Jan 2007
At first glance, the seemingly impenetrable fence surrounding the urban campus of Rhodes College seems to represent the academic and social isolation of the liberal arts college. Inside the fence are manicured lawns, beautiful buildings of stone and stained glass and a student body comprised mostly of affluent White young men and women. Outside the fence, just to the north, lies the gritty reality of one of Memphis' most neglected neighborhoods: Hollywood Springdale. Vacant, trash-filled lots, a high crime rate, deteriorating homes, rampant poverty and the zip code with the highest infant mortality rate in the country. But now, in the minds of the Rhodes community and neighborhood residents, that fence is nonexistent. There is instead a tangible sense of a growing relationship between the two communities. This article describes the Rhodes Hollywood Springdale Partnership, which aims to revitalize the Hollywood Springdale neighborhood by cleaning up the community, instituting faculty-sponsored programs and student-led initiatives involving the neighborhood, and integrating a public service component into the school's curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee