Guest post by Joan Clifford, PhD
Service-Learning Faculty Consultant and Director of Community-Based Language Initiatives
Truly reciprocal partnerships, also called collaborations, are well-defined relationships based on “a commitment to: a definition of mutual goals; a jointly developed structure and shared responsibility; mutual authority and accountability for success; and sharing not only of responsibilities but also of the rewards.” (Jacoby, 2015)
Duke Service-Learning and the Social Innovation pillar of Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship hosted the 2ndAnnual Collaboration X-Change on February 22 at The Bullpen. The Collaboration X-Change is an annual event intended to explore the skills and resources needed to build positive relationships between Duke students/faculty/staff and community partners. It is essential to include the voices of all stakeholders in an on-going conversation about our practices in community engagement. Despite regular communication between individuals at the university and community partners on specific projects, there rarely is there a space in which multiple stakeholders from multiple projects intersect. At the Collaboration X-Change we invite community partners, faculty, staff, and students to share ideas and to work to negotiate best practices for successful collaborations. Our exchange serves as a building block for reciprocity—and provides a forum through which we reflect on past, present, and future collaborations.
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