Written by Sarah Thomas, WLLC 2015-2016
From the beginning of the quarter to the end, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to participate in a community partnership. A partnership takes time, work, caring, and most of all commitment. Life can seem to complicate this and so can our level of business. A good amount of the success of the project has to do with your viewpoint. As the article From notions of charity to social justice in service-learning: The complex experience of communities says, “Viewing communities from the perspective of justice rather than charity promotes examination of the power relationship that exist in the community-university partnership.” I agree with this statement, because if you view the work you’re doing as charity, you only see it as a good deed. This is not all bad, but it tends to defeat the sense of urgency and passion that a fight for justice promotes. Justice matters. It brings about a sense of necessity because everyone deserves justice and many are willing to fight for it. If the community project is viewed in this way, it is much more likely to be tackled in a way that involves an understanding of its severe importance. The article Using Relational Dialectics to Address Differences in Community-Campus Partnerships perfectly sums up this concept when it says “The actions, attitudes, and perceptions of individuals may greatly influence the outcomes of a relationship or partnership.” If there is no sense of purpose of motivation behind a cause, it is bound to not be successful. Half of success is in the belief in it, the other half is time commitment and hard work.
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