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Community Engagement Resources

College and university leaders are seeking ways to align all of their institutions’ assets—financial, human capital, and academic expertise—with the particular needs of local residents in their communities. Here is a collection of resources to help.

By Karla Hignite

The following resources provide more about the role of anchor institutions and the potential for colleges and universities to transform their communities through civic and economic engagement partnerships. (See also "More Than Good Neighbors" in the May 2013 issue of Business Officer.)

From the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Anchor Institutions Toolkit includes a timeline of growth and development for the University of Pennsylvania's movement into civic and community engagement activities. Includes a link to download the full "Anchor Institutions Toolkit: A Guide for Neighborhood Revitalization," prepared by the Netter Center, which leverages lessons from Penn's experience in West Philadelphia.
  • The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads, by Rita Axelroth Hodges, assistant director at the Netter Center, and Steve Dubb, research director at the Democracy Collaborative of the University of Maryland, College Park (Michigan State University Press, 2012).
  • "Change the World"  highlights Netter Center initiatives aimed at solving problems of obesity and poor nutrition, literacy and low reading levels, and environmental and health hazards, and to assist struggling neighborhood schools through university-assisted community schools initiatives.
  • "Democratic Devolution: How America's Colleges and Universities Can Strengthen Their Communities," by Ira Harkavy and Rita Axelroth Hodges (Progressive Policy Institute, 2012).

From Campus Compact

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KARLA HIGNITE, Middletown, Rhode Island, is a contributing editor for Business Officer.