OWS Questions

The Occupy Wall Street protest movement began September 17th, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, New York City.  In less than a year, the OWS has spurred groups and events around the globe who have adopted the Occupy banner. While it is difficult to estimate the size or to foresee how the movement will evolve, it has inspired many of us to reflect on the social movements and grassroots efforts we study, teach about and participate in. We invite you to share your experience and thoughts.  Join the conversation!  Advertisements Continue reading OWS Questions

Community-University Partnerships: Opportunities & Challenges

The renewed focus on the roles universities can and ought to play in fostering civic engagement among students and in the communities where they are located dates to the mid-1990s.  One outgrowth of this renewed focus has been the increasing attention paid to Community-University Partnerships (CUPs). CUPs include community-service learning programs, community-based research projects, and a range of other initiatives that aim to put the resources of universities, including the skills of faculty and students, to work in and with community members.   A growing body of literature documents successful CUPs practices and projects, including the challenges they have faced (see … Continue reading Community-University Partnerships: Opportunities & Challenges