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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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The egan urban center

The Egan Urban Center

Partnerships that foster social action

John Zeigler Director of DePaul Egan Urban Center


The egan way
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
Building Partnerships for Social Justice and Social Action

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


Community planning
Community Planning

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.



What happens when cbos come together from different communities to learn from each other
What happens when CBOs come together from different communities to learn from each other?

  • Building social networks across communities

  • Lessons learned

  • Sharing resources

  • Developing new partnerships and coalitions


Sankofa
Sankofa communities to learn from each other?

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


Community engagement and partnerships
Community Engagement and Partnerships communities to learn from each other?

  • Asset-based community engagement

    • Identify internal assets and resources through relationship networks, grassroots efforts, or research

    • Build social capital by linking assets and resources in a meaningful way through relationship-building


Identifying community assets
Identifying Community Assets communities to learn from each other?


Community engagement
Community Engagement communities to learn from each other?


Community engagement and partnerships1
Community Engagement and Partnerships communities to learn from each other?

  • Community-driven and participatory approach

    • Community as experts, colleagues, and co-investigators

    • Building upon work in which the community is already engaged

    • Continuous dialogue and reflection within and between community and university on capacity-building projects, research, and the nature of the partnership


Maintaining momentum
Maintaining Momentum communities to learn from each other?

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


Sustainable partnerships with schools the chicago public school initiative
Sustainable Partnerships with Schools: communities to learn from each other?The Chicago Public School Initiative

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


Critical reflective moments
Critical Reflective Moments communities to learn from each other?

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.


Conclusion
Conclusion communities to learn from each other?

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.


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