Book: Partnerships for Effective Community Engagement

Posted by Stylus Publishing on November 13, 2018

A Guide to Collaborative Communication for Service-Learning and Community Engagement Partners
by Rebecca Dumlao, Foreword by Cathy Burack

This book focuses on partnerships at the most basic level of interaction – between two people as they work toward common goals. Interpersonal dynamics described in this book are intended to guide formal and institutional relationships between members of a community or community organization on the one hand and representatives from campus on the other.

Collaborative communication principles and practices shared can form a foundation for individuals to build flexible, lasting relationships that will weather most challenges and sustain the larger partnerships of their respective organizations.

This book offers a conceptual framework of collaborative communication to build and sustain partnerships, recognizing that relationships change over time as the people involved and their circumstances evolve. Collaborative communication uses a repertoire of knowledge and skills that allow partners to make choices that fit their situation or context and to work through differences and challenges as they occur, to include managing conflict and navigating cultural differences. It further takes into account the different means of communication, whether face-to-face, using e-mail, text messaging, or social media. Readers will appreciate the numerous real world examples that illustrate and bring its key concepts to life.

This book is addressed to partners at all levels focused on community engagement and service-learning.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Cathy Burack

1) Thinking about Ourselves and Our Partnerships
2) Community Engagement and Partnership Communication
3) The Collaborative Communication Model
4) Practices and Processes for Collaborative Communication
5) Leadership in a Changing World
6) Navigating Cultural Differences while Preserving Relationships
7) Dealing with Partner Differences and Conflicts
8) Creative Change for Future Community Engagement

Appendix 1: Annotated Bibliography
Appendix 2: Learning Activities

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