Back-to-back hurricanes prompted the creation of a partnership between Western Carolina University and an affected community in western North Carolina. The partnership was designed to promote the economic, social, and cultural revitalization of the community while creating opportunities for civic engagement and enriched student learning. The principal stakeholders in the partnership were the university and the municipal government, representing the community at large. The partners undertook several projects over a three-year period as part of a comprehensive, multifaceted initiative. In this article, the authors discuss the benefits and impact of the projects on participants and the community. They also share the insights gained and lessons learned from the initiative and comment briefly on factors inherent in effective university-community partnerships.
Bowen, Glenn A.; Richmond, William B.; Lockwood, Frank S.; and Hensley, Glenda G.
"Canton Connections: A University-Community Partnership for Post-Disaster Revitalization,"
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: Vol. 5
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol5/iss1/4