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Service-Learning Through Community Engagement

SKU# 9780826126221

What Community Partners and Members Gain, Lose, and Learn From Campus Collaborations

Author: Lori Gardinier PhD, MSW

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While campus engagement with the local community is generally viewed in a positive light, in reality these collaborations are more complex. Presenting a variety of contemporary models and frameworks for community engagement, this book is distinguished by its unique emphasis on campus-community partnerships from the perspective of the community. Bolstered by concrete data, the text addresses the impact of a variety of service-learning arrangements on local communities and focuses on the experiences, both positive and negative, of the community organization.

Integrating theoretical, historical, ethical, and practical frameworks, the book examines in depth such emerging models as global service-learning, social entrepreneurship, and experiential philanthropy. Vivid case examples drawing from real-life programs that have been implemented in the United States and abroad bring these models to life. While the book emphasizes the perspectives of the communities served, it also encompasses the experiences of nonprofit organizations, students, and faculty. Students, faculty, and administrators who are engaged in campus-community partnerships--particularly in disciplines that are grounded in community-based learning, such as social work, human services, sociology, and public service studies--will find this book to be an important resource.


  • Examines campus-community partnerships from the perspective of the community served
  • Presents lively and engaging case studies of domestic and global scenarios
  • Includes the perspectives of nonprofit organizations, students, community members, and faculty
  • Includes extensive resources for more in-depth study

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 19, 2016
  • Page Count 188
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826126221
  • EISBN 9780826126238

About The Author(s) 

Lori Gardinier, PhD, MSW, is director of human services and a senior research associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has practiced in the area of antipoverty/social justice work in community-based settings, and as a counselor in organizations addressing intimate partner violence. In her role at Northeastern University, she is a leader in experiential education practice in both local and global settings. Her outstanding commitment to high-quality experiential education was recognized with the Northeastern Presidential Aspiration Award (2004), the Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), and the Outstanding Teaching Award (2015) at Northeastern University. She has developed partnerships with many of Boston’s nonprofit organizations through her own practice and continued implementation of service-learning partnerships. Dr. Gardinier has also established project-based service-learning capacity-building programs with nonprofits in Benin, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Zambia. In this role, she and her students collaborate with local leaders to identify creative solutions to organizational challenges.

Table of Contents 





Introduction: Why We Engage

Lori Gardinier

1. Colleges and Universities: Structure and Role in Civil Society

Lori Gardinier

2. University as Provider: Education and Youth Development

Sarah Faude, Lori Gardinier, and Emily A. Mann

3. Checks and Balances: Experiential Philanthropy as a Form of Community Engagement

Rebecca Riccio and Lori Gardinier

4. Global Community Engagement: Transformation, Paradoxes, and Fumbling Forward

Lori Gardinier

5. Hosting International Service-Learning Students: Assessing Expectations and Experiences of Supervisors

Julie Miller and Lori Gardinier

6. Compulsory Engagement: Good Intentions or Misguided Policy?

Lori Gardinier and Emily A. Mann

7. Creating Professional Pipelines Through Community Engagement

Lori Gardinier, Megan Dow, and Emily A. Mann

8. Community Development as Engagement

Lori Gardinier

9. Mind-Set, Critical Theory, and the Ethics of Engagement

Lori Gardinier