Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Community-University partnerships

Creating more healthy places will require new partnerships between large institutions like universities and communities. There are far too many examples of universities literally bulldozing their neighbors (often the poor and people of color) in the name of "higher education." As importantly, the neighborhoods surrounding many elite universities (e.g., Columbia and West Harlem, Roxbury/Dorchester and Harvard, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins) have not benefited from the jobs, health services and other benefits their university neighbors could provide.
See a short video describing a better way forward to ensure universities are better partners with their neighboring communities:

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