Community partners in a meeting

One of the goals of forming relationships between the campus and community organizations is to build sustainable relationships that benefit both the University and the community organization. In order to ensure that the relationships are not only sustainable but also mutually beneficial to all parties, there are some basic principles that provide context and guidance through which these partnerships can be formed, maintained, and understood.

  • Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals, and measurable outcomes for the partnership
  • The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness, and commitment.
  • The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also addresses areas that need improvement.
  • The partnership balances the power among partners and enables resources to be shared among partners.
  • There is clear, open, and accessible communication between partners, making it an on-going priority to listen to each need, develop a common language, and validate or clarify the meaning of terms.
  • Roles, norms, and processes for the partnership are established with input and agreement of all partners.
  • There is feedback to, among, and from all partners with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
  • Partners share credit for the accomplishments within the partnership.
  • Partners understand that partnerships take time to develop and will evolve over time.
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