Community of Practice
RCE Community of Practice: Higher Ed- Community Partnerships
This Community of Practice* is focused on Community – Higher Ed Partnerships. It was created to support stronger and more effective relationships between community partners and colleges and universities, and to enable all of us to better leverage the resources and network of the RCE Greater Atlanta. The Community of Practice undertook a concept mapping process in 2019 and identified five priority areas, listed below. These are in no way set in stone; as a community of practice, the priorities and goals of the group may shift as group membership and activity shifts. The most urgent group goal at this moment is that more community partners join us and add their priorities to this living list.
1) Building capacity of community partners
2) Being/learning to be a better partner
3) Identifying and sharing the resources in our networks
4) Strengthening our networks
5) Improving collaboration/coordination among Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
* WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE?
"What it is about: its joint enterprise as understood and continually renegotiated by its members; How it functions: the relationships of mutual engagement that bind members together into a social entity; What capability it has produced: the shared repertoire of communal resources (routines, sensibilities, artifacts, vocabulary, styles, etc.) that members have developed over time. Communities of practice also move through various stages of development characterized by different levels of interaction among the members and different kinds of activities. Communities of practice develop around things that matter to people. As a result, their practices reflect the members’ own understanding of what is important. Even when a community’s actions conform to an external mandate, it is the community — not the mandate — that produces the practice. In this sense, communities of practice are self-organizing systems.”
- Excerpt from Etienne Wenger, https://thesystemsthinker.com/communities-of-practice-learning-as-a-social-system/
1) In order to identify and share resources, improve collaboration and strengthen our networks, the Community of Practice (CoP) is identifying and mapping assets and resources using this spreadsheet.
2) In order to build the capacity of community partners and improve collaboration, members of the group sought and were awarded a grant for an internship program engaging students from five RCE member institutions to intern with three Clarkston-based refugee-facing community partners. This program, the Global Communities Internship Program, is funded by AGREC, the Atlanta Global Research and Education Collaborative.