Confronting environmental challenges on the US-Mexico border: Long-term community-based research and community service learning in a binational partnership

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Abstract

Recent efforts to increase university involvement in addressing community problems and improving the way such problems are conceptualized and addressed have converged in discussions of community service-learning, community-based research, and community-university partnerships. Yet, the intersections among these approaches have not received much attention. This article addresses this gap by describing a multisectoral, binational partnership established to address significant environmental and environmental health issues on the US-Mexico border that includes academic institutions, and within which students play a key role in helping meet partnership goals while at the same time fulfilling their needs and desires for participating in community-based research and community service-learning. The article examines how the partnership has evolved, highlights 4 educational institutions that have been central to the partnership, and illustrates how community-based research and community service-learning have become key mechanisms for engaging people from within and across communities, over many years, in the partnership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-395
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 30 2010

Keywords

  • Ambos Nogales
  • Binational collaboration
  • Multisectoral partnerships
  • US-Mexico border

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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