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ERIC Number: EJ975811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
University-Community Partnerships: Bridging People and Cultures in an HIV/AIDS Health Intervention in an African American Community
Thompson, Maxine Seaborn; Head, Rachel; Rikard, R. V.; McNeil, Carlotta; White, Caressa
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v16 n2 p79-106 Jun 2012
As universities become more involved in real-world problems that affect racial and ethnic communities, university members are identifying strategies to effectively work with culturally diverse community partners. The Communities and Health Disparities Project described in this article is an example of collaborative scholarship that engages the university, a community-based organization, and members of the African American community. The purpose of the project was to develop a culturally tailored toolkit to correct misinformation about HIV/AIDS. In this article, the authors identify five strategies for building relationships across diverse cultural groups: connecting with cultural insiders, building collegiality, developing shared aims and goals, recognizing diverse skills and expertise, and sustaining commitments. The authors provide a conceptual framework that integrates the Freirian philosophy and the scholarship of engagement. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina