The authors draw on organizational theory’s use of the metaphor as a way of understanding and explaining sustainable university/community-engaged partnerships. Working from the premise that transformative and reciprocal relationships prove essential to pedagogies of engagement, specifically service-learning, this essay argues that pursuing and maintaining meaningful partnerships between universities and communities or organizations in many ways parallels our efforts to sustain healthy romantic relationships. Through a description and analysis of 10 cruxes for sustaining long-term, healthy relationships, the authors offer a model for achieving intentional, ongoing, and systemic campus-community partnerships.
Stewart, Trae and Alrutz, Megan
"Meaningful Relationships: Cruxes of University-Community Partnerships for Sustainable and Happy Engagement,"
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: Vol. 5
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol5/iss1/6