December 22, 2010 - Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin is featured in a new report that explores best practices among various forms of partnerships between universities and communities.
The report, The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at the Crossroads, focuses on approximately a dozen universities that are actively engaging in community partnerships. Dr. McClaurin is featured as the founding Executive Director of the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC).
The report says of the Center, based in Northern Minneapolis, “UROC focuses on three core areas identified through community discussion and votes: education, health, and community and economic development. Underpinning the University’s approach is participatory action research, through which community residents are engaged as collaborative partners working alongside university faculty and staff.”
“This report is critical in that is allows universities to have an in-depth view of successful programs, and have the opportunity to discover which model or models work best for them,” said Dr. McClaurin. “It is my intention that Shaw becomes intrinsically involved in these types of partnerships as soon as possible.”
The report, published by the University of Maryland’s Democracy Collaborative, is available as a free download at www.community-wealth.org.
Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational, liberal arts University that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills.