University and Community Partnerships: A Model of Social Work Practice
This article describes the implementation of a “Community Leadership Fellows Program” of knowledge acquisition, professional development, and community building. This program was based on a strategic university and community partnership model that incorporates Paulo Freire’s theory of pedagogy where indigenous knowledge is recognized and respected. The implementation of this Fellows Program involved ten cohorts of university faculty and community agency service providers from culturally diverse communities who for two years worked collaboratively to build capacity in the local African, Arab and Hispanic communities. In this innovative program, faculty were moved outside the comfort zone of the conventional classroom, as well as outside of the Anglo-American, non-minority community, to a situation where the experience became the resource for learning rather than a repository for the application of academic knowledge. This approach manifests a community partnership social work practice model where faculty perceive themselves less as experts and more as participants and learners in a community where real-world connections often inform the curriculum, and faculty confront questions of what is expertise and who are the experts.
||Community Outreach, Civic Engagement, Faculty Community Engagement, Community Service, Community Partnerships
International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.39-46.
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Graduate Student, Education, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA, USA
Diana Lockwood currently teaches at a preschool school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Her professional interests include teaching and research in multicultural education. She has conducted research at the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti,Michigan, has presented results of her research at several conferences in Michigan and Georgia, and has published numerous newspaper articles. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Written Communication and Imaginative Writing with a minor in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University, a Master’s degree in American Literature from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and is a current graduate student in Education at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Student, School of Education, Eastern Michigan University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Jefffrey Lockwood, BA, B.Ed, has a baccalaureate degree in Creative Writing, and is pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti,Michigan. Currently, he is conducting his teaching internship at Atlanta Public Schools, where he is pursuing his interests in teaching and research with adolescents in multicultural communities.
Director, Graduate Program, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Dr. Elvia R. Krajewski, professor of Social Work, is the director of the graduate program in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. Her professional interests include practice and research in gerontology, medical social work, and civic engagement and community building with a focus on cultural competence. She has directed the School of Social Work, the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities, and most recently, the Center for Community Building and Civic Engagement. She has received numerous federal grant awards and has authored numerous articles, chapters in books, and monographs. Dr. Krajewski is in the Executive Board of the Michigan Collaborative Continuing Education and the Organization of Latino Social Workers. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in Social Administration from Temple University,and a doctoral degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Applied Research Center Director, Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Prof. Wiencek is director of the Applied Research Center in
the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and
Communmities at Eastern Michigan University. She holds
undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sociology from
Eastern Michigan University.
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