Carnegie Community Engagement Webinar: Community Assets, Reciprocity, and Other Ideas We Don’t Really Believe

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Hosted by: Carnegie Elective Classification

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.

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