A group of academic and community partners developed this list of skills and perspectives needed to create strong community-campus partnerships and to collaborate on meaningful, impactful projects. These ideas are presented here to provoke our own and others’ thinking about how to develop our capacity for community engagement. One message that came out of these discussions is that some skills are foundational, and we use them for whatever kind of community-campus collaborations we are a part of. Other skills are specific to the form of community-engaged activity, for example, teaching or research. Many of the people we talked to felt that it is possible to do any of our academic work with a community-engaged approach, whether it be teaching, research, curriculum development, administration, etc. If you are a faculty or staff member, we invite you to use this resource to reflect on your own work, and to develop a plan to deepen your capacity for engagement. If you are a faculty developer, we encourage you to consider incorporating some of these competencies into your programs for faculty.
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The ten skill domains described here might be seen as a system in which the first five domains provide a foundation and build a context for the practice of community-engaged scholarship. All of the domains come together in creating transformation--for communities, for societal institutions, and for faculty, staff, and students. Relationships between domains are reciprocal—what we know about building partnerships informs how we carry out our teaching and research; what we learn from our experience of community-engaged scholarship changes what we know about partnership. We learn from each new interaction with partners, and this changes our practice of scholarship.