Many of my classes pair
students with key Los Angeles community groups. These are sustained
multi-year partnerships that include significant planning and
collaborations in areas beyond the classroom. This ongoing work has
led to a semester long class that, with a planning group including
several community and campus wide partners, organized a 2-day
conference bringing together executive and program directors and
other partners to think strategically about how to most effectively
share university resources (human, development, technological,
database, media) with community based organizations in ways that
serve community as well as university needs. Granted Carnegie
Foundation Fellowship (with California Campus Compact, declined) and
a Pericles Foundation grant to further this city-wide initiative.
Initiative currently working on speakerís bureau of local community
for "Partnering for Social Change" 2-day conference. Other
classes regularly include both archival research and community
partnership project options. Please see "Activism
and the Archive."
"For understanding that Institutes of
Higher Learning have a responsibility and a role to play in the
world struggles surrounding them."
Honoree, 10th annual benefit event, Families to Amend Californiaís Three
Strikes Law (FACTS),
California African American Museum. February, 2009.