University-community partnering using a targeted mutual-interests approach

Radha Jagannathan, Michael J. Camasso, Stefan G. Mend, Jessica Varela, Arohiben Shah

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In this paper, we describe a six-year effort to create a university-community partnership in a disadvantaged neighborhood bordering Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We discuss the traditional community research and development (TCR&D) model employed by universities and how assumptions made by the university about the capacities of community brokering agents can significantly influence both the time and trajectory of partnership building activities and the implementation of research and planning recommendations. We present a strategy of targeted mutual interests which can advance both university TCR&D and a community's social capital formation in an environment where initial social capital levels are low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-423
Number of pages14
JournalCommunity Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • capacity building
  • citizen participation
  • community based organizations
  • community organizing
  • grassroots development
  • university-community relations

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