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This chapter describes how community-university collaboration is created

by the Chicago Civic Leadership Certificate Program (CCLCP), an

undergraduate program offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago

(UIC). In CCLCP, partners from community-based, not-for-profit organizations

mentor first- and second-year students who complete writing and

research projects that their partner organizations need. In effect, then,

CCLCP’s community partners function as co-teachers, collaborating with

university instructors to direct, monitor, and evaluate student work; this

teaching relationship builds on a deeper and more interesting collaboration:

the bilateral development of students’ community-based projects.


This chapter was originally published in the book Going Public: What Writing Programs Learn from Engagement, edited by Shirley K. Rose Irwin Weiser, which is available in its entirety from Utah State University's DigitalCommons@USU