In 2014, teams from 12 universities gathered at Seattle University for a two-day institute to create a community-inspired definition of place-based work. Since the initial convening, teams from 25 universities have participated in three additional multi-day institutes organized by Seattle University and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In February 2018, leaders from several member universities met to clarify the purpose and structure of what has become known as the Place-Based Justice Network.
Focusing on a place-based community engagement strategy invites institutions of higher education and their communities into a deeper examination of how transformation and change occurs on campus and in communities. This exploration often leads to an analysis of how to address historic and current systems that disenfranchise people based upon race, gender, class, national origin and many other personal and communal identifiers.
Kent Koth and Erica Yamamura define place-based community engagement as “a long-term university-wide commitment to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to focus equally on campus and community impact within a clearly defined geographic area." It is within a collaborative interpretation of community engagement that the Place-Based Justice Network is built.
Connect with other people invested in place-based community engagement across North America. Post relevant articles, videos, updates from your work and pose questions to the group for feedback. Open to all, PBJN membership not required: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8726536/
Place-Based Justice Network members participate in a collaborative and facilitated learning initiative to best develop and implement place-based engagement in their own community engagement program. Membership includes:
To become a member, institutions pay a $500 annual membership fee and agree to the network’s purpose and values statements. Fees support the core administrative functions and staff of the network and institutional outreach. Membership is currently closed for the season, but new membership enrollment information will be available again soon in the spring.