Metropolitan Universities Journal Shared Spaces Issue Released
Volume 27, Issue 3 of Metropolitan Universities, entitled Campus and Community in Shared Spaces, is now available online. This latest issue focuses on the impact of shared learning spaces on communities and what approaches higher education institutions have taken to promote “shared space for shared work.”
“There is growing attention to the role that physical and practical spaces play in our interactions with communities particularly as we work to deepen those interactions and search for effective approaches to urban opportunities and challenges,” says guest editor Heidi Lasley Barajas of the University of Minnesota in her introduction to the issue.
The issue in particular highlights the work of universities internationally to create strong partnerships that benefit both the universities and their surrounding communities. With academic institutions around the world providing educational resources to their neighbors, urban and metropolitan universities will be able to extend opportunities to their communities to help solve pressing issues.
Authors featured in the issue discuss their experiences creating and maintaining particular outreach centers and community engagement programs.
- The Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) at the University of Brighton is one such program that has served the University of Brighton’s campuses and their communities since its inception in 2003.
- The York University-TD Community Engagement Centre promotes collaboration between York University in Toronto, Ontario, and academic initiatives in the surrounding Black Creek community.
- The University of Minnesota and the North Minneapolis community benefit from the partnerships forged and research produced at the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center.
- The UBC Learning Exchange is a learning hub where members of the community and the university exchange experience and expertise.
- The University of Nebraska Omaha’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center provides access to the university’s campus events and services for community members.
Other partnerships highlighted in the journal include partnerships benefitting correctional institutions, educators, and a local Hispanic population, as well as the connection between improving schools and improving neighborhoods.
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Table of Contents
- Increasing the Possibilities Through Shared Spaces
Heidi Lasley Barajas, University of Minnesota
- Exploring Engaged Spaces in Community-University Partnership
Ceri Davies, Juliet Millican, David Wolff, Bethan Prosser, and Stuart Laing, University of Brighton Community University Partnership Programme; Nick Gant and Angie Hart, University of Brighton
- The Morning After: Stakeholder Reflections on the Sustainability of a Community-Campus Engagement Center in the Changing Environment
Michaela Hynie and Lorna Schwartzentruber, York University, Wanda MacNevin, Jane/Finch Centre, Cheryl Prescod, Black Creek Community Health Centre, and Barry Rieder, Jane-Finch Community Ministries
- Shared Space, Liminal Space: Five Years into a Community-University Place-Based Experiment
Heidi Lasley Barajas, University of Minnesota, and Lauren Martin, University of Minnesota, The Robert J. Jones, Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
- The Learning Exchange: A Shared Space for the University of British Columbia and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Communities
Angela Towle and Kathleen Leahy, UBC Learning Exchange
- Building an Engagement Center Through Love of Place: The Story of the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
Sara Woods, Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, University of Nebraska Omaha, B.J. Reed, and Deborah Smith-Howell, University of Nebraska Omaha
- Shared Spaces, Shared Learning: University/Corrections Partnerships that Transform Thinking
Deborah Smith-Arthur and Amy Spring, Portland State University
- Building Community Through Shared Spaces and Intention
Maureen P. Hall, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Christine M. Panarese, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Boston Public Schools
- Oklahoma City’s Emerging Hispanic Community: New Partnerships, New Successes
Mark A. Kinders and Myron L. Pope, University of Central Oklahoma
- Place-Based School Reform as Method of Creating Shared Urban Spaces: What is It, and What Does it Mean for Universities?
D. Gavin Luter, Wisconsin Campus Compact, University of Wisconsin-Extension
- Book Review: Developing Effective Student Peer Mentoring Programs: A Practitioner’s Guide to Program Design, Delivery, Evaluation, and Training by P. J. Collier
Daniel J. Shipp, University of Nebraska Omaha
To read all of the articles, as well as the full archive of past issues, visit Metropolitan Universities online.