Byron White - ADP National Meeting 2012

Plenary Session: Community Strengths, Assets and Other Ideas We Don’t Really Believe
Language about community strengths and assets is present in nearly every grant proposal, statement of purpose and presentation related to university-community engagement: “We will build on the strengths and assets of the community.” And yet, in the implementation of our engagement efforts, the community’s assets are more an afterthought than the substance of the work. The dominant framework for engagement continues to view the community as deficient and in need of fixing, and residents as clients rather than producers. Byron White addresses why our rhetoric and convictions so often fall short of our practice, and what can we do to walk our talk.