African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Community Service, ServiceLearning, and Community-Based Research

African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Community Service, ServiceLearning, and Community-Based Research

by Stephanie Y. Evans
     
 

This book discusses race and its roles in university-community partnerships. The contributors take a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multiregional approach that allows students, agency staff, community constituents, faculty, and campus administrators an opportunity to reflect on and redefine what impact African American identity-in the academy and in the

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This book discusses race and its roles in university-community partnerships. The contributors take a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multiregional approach that allows students, agency staff, community constituents, faculty, and campus administrators an opportunity to reflect on and redefine what impact African American identity-in the academy and in the community-has on various forms of community engagement. From historic concepts of "race uplift" to contemporary debates about racialized perceptions of need, they argue that African American identity plays a significant role. In representing best practices, recommendations, personal insight, and informed warnings about building sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships, the contributors provide a cogent platform from which to encourage the difficult and much-needed inclusion of race in dialogues of national service and community engagement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438428734
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/10/2009
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Preface: Using History, Experience, and Theory to Balance Relationships in Community Engagement Stephanie Y. Evans xi

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction: Characteristics of Engagement: Communicated Experiences of Race, Universities, and Communities Colette M. Taylor 1

Part 1 Community Service, Volunteerism, and Engagement Stephanie Y. Evans Colette M. Taylor Michelle R. Dunlap DeMond S. Miller 11

1 The Community Folk Art Center: A University and Community Creative Collaboration Kheli R. Willetts 17

2 An African American Health Care Experience: An Academic Medical Center and Its Interdisciplinary Practice Kendall M. Campbell 29

3 African American College Students and Volunteerism: Attitudes toward Mentoring at a Title I School Joi Nathan 41

4 Prejudice, Pitfalls, and Promise: Experiences in Community Service in a Historically Black University Jeff Brooks 53

Part 2 Community Service-Learning Michelle R. Dunlap 67

5 Can the Village Educate the Prospective Teacher?: Reflections on Multicultural Service-Learning in African American Communities Lucy Mule 71

6 Sowing Seeds of Success: Gardening as a Method of Increasing Academic Self-Efficacy and Retention among African American Students August Hoffman Julie Wallach Eduardo Sanchez Richard Carifo 89

7 A Service or a Commitment?: A Black Man Teaching Service-Learning at a Predominantly White Institution Troy Harden 105

8 Racial Identity and the Ethics of Service-Learning as Pedagogy Annemarie Vaccaro 119

9 "We'll Understand It Better By and By": A Three-Dimensional Approach to Teaching Race through Community Engagement Meta Mendel-Reyes Dwayne A. Mack135

Part 3 Community-Based Research DeMond S. Miller 149

10 Black Like Me: Navigating Race, Gender, Research, and Community Fleda Mask Jackson 157

11 A Partnership with the African American Church: IMPPACT and S.P.I.C.E.S. For Life Micah McCreary Monica Jones Raymond Tademy John Fife 173

12 "I Have Three Strikes Against Me": Narratives of Plight and Efficacy among Older African American Homeless Women and Their Implications for Engaged Inquiry Olivia G. M. Washington David P. Moxley 189

13 A Culturally Competent Community-Based Research Approach with African American Neighborhoods: Critical Components and Examples Richard Briscoe Harold R. Keller Gwen McClain Evangeline R. Best Jessica Mazza 205

14 Community Engagement and Collaborations in Community-Based Research: The Road to Project Butterfly GiShawn Mance Bernadette Sánchez Niambi Jaha-Echols 225

Final Word: African Americans and Community Engagement: The Challenge and Opportunity for Higher Education Donald F. Blake 241

List of Contributors 249

Index 255

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