Shared Resources - Summer 2021 Institute

Citizens Planning Institute

HECU (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs)

Drexel University, Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships 

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Framework

Decolonization is Not a Metaphor (Eve Tuck & K.Wayne Yang)


Some Community Organizing Traditions Resources from AJ Lewis with Elliot Ratzman

Elliot Ratzman suggests my hunch is that understanding the strengths and weaknesses, the virtues and skill, of community organizing will really enhance a professor and a program’s ability to carry out smart long or medium-term partnerships with non-university agencies and agents. The work we do is not organizing, but thinking like an organizer or thinking or like we’re engaged in a campaign, has been very useful for me to think about these concerns. I have pdfs of all of these, so email me ( ) and I’ll send them along to you.

Michael Gecan, Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action, Beacon. The best short book in defense of the Alinsky/IAF community organizing method, complete with great examples.

Robert Putnam, “Valley Interfaith: The most dangerous thing we do is talk to our neighbors,’” in Better Together: Restoring the American Community, 2003. A great short description of organizing for power among a disenfranchised border community in Texas.

Mark and Paul Engler, This is an Uprising, How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century, Nation Books, 2016.  The best treatment of the tensions between “activism” and “organizing” with great case studies. The Englers have pioneered the “momentum” strategy, now being used by groups like Sunrise and IfNotNow.

Vincent Lloyd, “Organizing Race: Taking Race Seriously in Faith-Based Community Organizing,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 2014. A fantastic summary of traditional schools of organizing, and critique of interracial projects, championing a specifically Black tradition of organizing. See also Lloyd’s In Defense of Charisma. 

From Lisa Kaul (Vassar College)

This is somewhat related to Marion’s question regarding assessment: Duke has an interesting “self-assessment and resource tool to help faculty implement critical serving learning courses."

They also list a couple of other resources on assessment and impact.

Service & Social Innovation Ecosystem (Susan Sanning, Grinnell College)

SSI Ecosystem Infographic

Mapping Power, Privilege, & Identity in Community-Engaged Learning (Lia Schifitto)

C-EL Affinity Group Pres Day 2

Gateway Resources

Kerill O'Neill:

Humanities Labs at Colby - Explore a series of 2-3 minute videos

Ed Cohn:

Here are a few links that build on themes from Philip Ewell’s talk today:


Scott Denham (Davidson College)

Ungrading / Liberatory pedagogy

Innovations in Humanities 


Lisa Kaul (Vassar College)

Duke has an interesting “self-assessment and resource tool to help faculty implement critical serving learning courses.” They also list a couple of other resources on assessment and impact.


Podcast Suggestions (Anonymous) 

I found the following podcasts to be incredibly helpful in terms of developing my understanding of a variety of issues related to white supremacy, US history, social justice movements, etc.:

  • Intersectionality Matters - I listen to this on an ongoing basis. Kimberlé Crenshaw gathers really fantastic scholars, activists, lawyers, athletes, etc. to talk about intersectional matters.
  • Scene on Radio - Especially the Seeing White and The Land that Never Has Been Yet seasons
  • This Land - full series
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