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ERIC Number: EJ905426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Community Organizing Practices in Academia: A Model, and Stories of Partnerships
Avila, Maria
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v14 n2 p37-63 2010
This article describes a model of civic engagement based on four key community organizing practices, created at Occidental College and implemented since 2001. The foundations of this model do not include confrontation, mass mobilization, or demonstrations--tactics commonly associated with the term community organizing. This model, instead, utilizes community organizing practices that can help bring about long-term social and cultural transformation through a slow, reciprocal, relational process. The model was created in response to an issue the author has encountered throughout nine years working within the academy: the lack of reciprocity of interest, skills, and resources in creating long-term partnerships between academia and communities. The narrative format of the article includes stories from a faculty member and a community partner who have played roles in building this model. (Contains 4 endnotes.) ["Community Organizing Practices in Academia: A Model, and Stories of Partnerships" was written with contributions from Alan Knoerr, Nik Orlando, and Celestina Castillo.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California