The Egan Urban Center. Partnerships that foster social action John Zeigler Director of DePaul Egan Urban Center. The Egan Way. Influenced by the work of Msgr. John J Egan The pursuit of social justice. Building Partnerships for Social Justice and Social Action.
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Partnerships that foster social action
John Zeigler Director of DePaul Egan Urban Center
Community partners identify, strategize, and organize around significant community issues that impact their lives such as:
Affordable housing, school reform, living-wage jobs, land-use and zoning, economic development, health care, and neighborhood safety
Actively engaging community partners in being better informed about what is happening in their neighborhoods.
Helping to create safe spaces to build social capital
Equip residents with data and information on policy that can better help them understand their options
An example would be the Egan Urban Center’s Olympic report.
understanding the past in order to move forward
Self reflection and positionality
Identify organizations, stakeholders and the historical and political context of the community
Understand the community in relation to larger context (e.g. current policies)
Understand communities past relationship with university and community
What happens when the participation ebbs and the energy dissipates
Develop Proactive Strategies for Sustainability
Deepen and Broaden the Focus
Expand the Geographical Reach
Develop New or Non-Traditional Partners
Develop a Graceful Exit Strategy
Creating mutually beneficial partnerships between schools and their communities
Creating sustainable Community Liaison positions within each school
Community Liaison-organized community asset-mapping and relationship-building to connect resources
The process of reflection consists of:
Stepping back into ones experience by retrieving its most important moments.
Reviewing its process with the eyes of its diverse actors.
Analyzing carefully those more relevant moments
Drawing lessons useful for the future
The Critical Moments are “turning points”, they are moments of change, when situations or feelings became better or worse.
investing in the time that supports “real”
relationships, networks, connections and
providing resources, information and helping community partners to develop their own knowledge around issues that effects their community
this allows for the creation of a powerful structure, mechanisms, foundations that builds support for social action.