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Community Assets, Reciprocity, and Other Ideas We Don’t Really Believe
Guest Speaker: Dr. Byron P. White, Associate Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement at the University of North Carolina Charlotte

Language about reciprocity and community assets is present in nearly every grant proposal, statement of purpose, and presentation related to university-community engagement. And yet in engagement efforts, the community typically possesses less authority than the university and its assets are often overlooked or considered less essential. Despite progress toward more democratic practices, the dominant framework for university-community engagement continues to view the community as deficient and in need of fixing and its residents as clients rather than producers.

This Carnegie Elective Classifications webinar considers why rhetoric and convictions often fall short of practice and outlines what we can do to put ideas into action. It will explore:
• Barriers that universities face in pursuing reciprocity
• Benefits of focusing on partnerships rather than projects to achieve reciprocity
• Insights from UNC Charlotte’s Community Innovation Incubator model on sharing authority, responsibility, and accountability with community partners

Feb 1, 2023 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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