December Community Engagement Resources

November 7, 2017

The Republic is (Still) at Risk — and Civics is Part of the Solution by CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and former CIRCLE Director Peter Levine
Outlines some civic challenges and opportunities in the U.S., particularly as they relate to young people, and lays out recommendations for civic education practice into the 21st century.

A Storied Community: Piloting a Patient/Student Narrative Workshop at a Community Health Center by EmmaLee Pallai
Describes some of the successes and challenges of creating a community for those who told and listened to stories of
illness at the Community – University Health Care Center (CUHCC).

How Universities Foster Economic Growth—and Democracy by Richard Florida
Discusses the role that universities play in urban economic development.

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained with a cartoon by Alvin Chang
Explores how the American college environment may contribute to structural inequalities.

The Artistry of Systemic Change by Richard Evans and Eric Booth
Examines new roles emerging for teaching artists and new ways to accomplish social change.

‘We demand more’: Student leaders across the country challenge politicians to combat hate by Sarah Kennedy
A request for student leaders to demand more from politicians and leaders against hate.

Science’s Next Frontier? It’s Civic Engagement by Louise Lief
Points to a need for the scientific community to reintroduce science to the public as a trusted, non-partisan civic actor, a collaborator that can help communities address their problems, and partners in a dialogue where each party brings its unique lived experiences to the table.

Using Action Inquiry in Engaged Research: An Organizing Guide by Edward P. St. John, Kim Callahan Lijana, Glenda D. Musoba
Offers higher education and school professionals practical guidance and methods for using the Action Inquiry Model (AIM) in engaged research initiatives and community partnerships.


Democratic Evaluation and Democracy: Exploring the Reality by Donna Podems
Democratic evaluation brings a way of thinking about evaluation’s role in society and in particular, its role in strengthening social justice. This book affords an in-depth journey that immerses a reader into the realities of evaluation and its relation to democracy.



Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Civic Engagement
The articles in this peer-reviewed journal focus on how theories and practices can inform and improve partnerships, connections, and collaborations between students, faculty, community agencies, administrators, disciplines, and more.

The Promise of Community Citizen Science by Ramya Chari, Luke J. Matthews, Marjory S. Blumenthal, Amanda F. Edelman, and Therese Jones
The authors examine the transformative potential of community citizen science for communities, science, and decisionmaking.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Perspectives from Faculty Development
This Association of American Colleges & Universities journal on Liberal Education explores the role of faculty development in creating educational spaces that welcome students of all identities and encourage dialogue across perspectives.

The Kettering Review edited by Noëlle McAfee and Nicholas A. Felts
A journal of ideas and activities dedicated to improving the quality of public life in American democracy.

Taking the Learning from Service Learning into the Postcollege World, Journal of Applied Science
This research is a qualitative assessment of transferable-skill development and attitudinal change of Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) alumni who, as students, held manager positions during a week-long on-campus emergency homeless shelter.

Learning where we stand: How school experiences matter for civic marginalization and political inequality by Sarah Bruch and Joe Soss
How does formal education matter for political inequality? Most answers focus on the things schools allocate, such as skills, knowledge, and other forms of human capital. This paper shifts attention to the relations that schools organize and the ways students experience them.

Healing Justice: A report by Susan Raffo
Represents a conversation with 23 healers representing multiple communities, generations and approaches to healing. Discusses how to support collective healing, roles of infrastructure and culture, and concrete steps for change.

Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement
A call for individuals and organizations to open public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land. is an international meeting place for people with a scientific or professional interest in the study or application of a sense of community.

Sense of Community Index
The measure most frequently used in the social sciences to gauge a sense of community. It has been used in various cultures and contexts around the world.

Anchor Institutions Task Force Conference Materials
Presentation materials from AITF’s annual conference in October 2017.

Free Speech Inclusion Guide
Encourages colleges and universities to use guided conversations to examine the tensions around free expression, political polarization, and inclusion on their campuses.

Compact Nation Podcast
Conversations with leading community engagement professionals, book and literature reviews, and discussions of important topics in the field.

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