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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education’s] balance of theory and practice, as well as historical and contemporary contexts, can provide tools for achieving cultural competency in community service in any discipline, through informing the transition from ‘doing’ to ‘being’ community service.” — Teaching Theology and Religion

“This book validates the African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ The topics are right on the mark and highlight the benefits of service-learning as an instrument of individual and community involvement and empowerment.” — Festus E. Obiakor, coeditor of Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438428734
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2009
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Y. Evans is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida and the author of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850–1954: An Intellectual History.

Colette M. Taylor is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Texas Tech University.

Michelle R. Dunlap is Professor and Chair of Human Development at Connecticut College and the author of Reaching Out to Children and Families: Students Model Effective Community Service. DeMond S. Miller is Professor of Sociology at Rowan University and the coauthor (with Jason David Rivera) of Hurricane Katrina and the Redefinition of Landscape.

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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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