Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education

July 11, 2016

Edited and published by Minnesota Campus Compact in 2014, this book is a collection of essays and case studies that addresses both the potential and challenges for asset-based community engagement in higher education.

“This book is a treasure chest of experience and advice from the best theorists and practitioners in the field. Invaluable.” – John McKnight, Co-­‐Director, Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University

“Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education represents an invaluable new resource for grassroots leaders and university scholars committed to resident-led revitalization in distressed communities. It highlights an impressive set of town-gown partnerships whose leaders have used Kretzmann and McKnight’s asset- based approach to community development to transcend the formidable racial, class, religious, age, and gender barriers that often undermine efforts to build more equitable, sustainable, and democratic communities. If you add just one volume to your engaged scholarship library this year – it should be this book!” – Kenneth M. Reardon, Professor in City and Regional Planning, The University of Memphis

The experiences described in the essays and case studies in this book bring the principles of asset-based community engagement to life. Many of us in the field espouse ABCD, but until now there has not been enough in our literature that really demonstrates how its principles can be put into practice. The authors of the well-written essays and case studies in this book generously share their successes, failures, and lessons they have learned in ways that encourage us to critically examine and enhance our own practices. I found the book to be inspiring and also practical. It is an enjoyable read, too.” — Barbara Jacoby, Faculty Associate, Leadership & Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland

Table of Contents

Introduction: Asset-Based Community Development and an Engaged Campus Vision, by John Hamerlinck and Julie Plaut

Personal, Movement, and Cultural Histories
  • Reflecting on and Sharing Our Stories Can Transform Society, by Maria Avila
  • Assets, Innovation, and Academia, by Luther K. Snow
  • Reuniting Cultural Knowledge and Knowledge Production to Support Community Resiliency, by Atum Azzahir
Case Studies
  • Co-Creating Mutual Spaces for Campuses and Communities, by Richard Battistoni, Nicholas Longo, and Keith Morton
  • Hmong Youth Leadership in North Minneapolis, by Jeff Corn
  • On the Path to Neighborhood Transformation: Social Capital, Physical Improvements, and Empowerment in Partnership, by Janni Sorensen and Tara Bengle
  • Residents and Local Groups Organize to Reduce Health Disparities in Westwood, by Rachel Cleaves, Carolyn McAndrews, and Mike Green
  • The University of Minnesota Morris as an Asset-Based Institution, by John Hamerlinck
ABCD in Higher Education
  • Assets and Community Strengths: Our Struggle to Truly Believe in Them, by Byron P. White
  • The Value of Associations and Four Ways for Involving Them, by John Hamerlinck

Conclusion: An Invitation to Further Reflection and Dialogue, by Julie Plaut