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Process of Adjusting to Change: Lessons Learned from the East Side Partnership

Poupart, John and Barbara Lukermann.

More than one hundred colleges and universities are collaborating with neighborhood organizations across the nation as part of the Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) program, a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that focuses faculty and student research on problems identified and priorities established by local community organizations in a targeted urban area. The goal of COPC is to bridge the two worlds of academia and community in a shared commitment to address the challenges and grasp the opportunities available to make communities desirable places to live and work. In 1998, community organizations on St. Paul's East Side entered into such a partnership with the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, and Metropolitan State University with the expectation that the expertise of students and faculty would increase their capacity to effect positive economic and social change. This article attempts to assess the outcomes of this 3-year partnership and document some of the insights gained along the way. Based on open-ended interviews with members of the East Side COPC Steering Committee, the authors identify the accomplishments and strengths of the program, the disappointments and weaknesses, the lessons learned by community and university participants, and challenges that remain for the future.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
32 (1): 35-39.
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