Run by a Steering Committee of community members and Tufts Faculty, Tufts Community Research Center places a special, but not exclusive, emphasis on Tufts’ host communities of Somerville, Medford and Boston’s Chinatown. Research we support must involve a formal community partner and produce scholarship at the same time it yields knowledge useful to the community. Priority is given to redressing issues of disparity, inequality and injustice in society. Research topics may include education, the economy, housing, the environment and health. TCRC is directly supported by funding from the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.
In the Spring of 2012, the Steering Committee underwent a formal strategic planning process from which three major goals and priorities emerged and were established:
- Have actual positive impact on the communities with whom we partner and their capacity
- Add to general knowledge in the various fields where we conduct community-based research
- Influence and engage students in community research
Publication Regarding the TCRC Model for Academic-Community Partnerships
- Title: A democratic university-community administrative body dedicated to expanding community-engaged research: The Tufts Community research Center (TCRC)
- Authors: Linda Sprague-Martinez, Flavia C. Perea, Alyssa, Ursillo, Fiona H. Weeks, Warren Goldstein-Gelb, Doug Brugge
- Abstract: The benefits and challenges of community-engaged research (CEnR) partnerships are well documented. The barriers to building sustainable university-community partnerships are many, ranging from a lack of institutional support, historical conflicts, differing time scales, and divergent philosophies to lack of infrastructure on both sides. In order to promote CEnR partnerships and provide a forum to address the challenges of community research partnerships, the Tufts Community Research Center (TCRC) was established. The work of the TCRC is guided by an interdisciplinary democratic steering committee composed of University faculty and administrators, students, and community stakeholders. This article describes the TCRC, and its efforts to promote CEnR across the University by (1) demonstrating the value of CEnR to the institution; (s) establishing opportunities for communication between the university and communities; (3) developing shared and democratic leadership; and (4) creating purposeful mechanisms to stimulate and promote collaboration, such as providing early seed funding to foster partnerships.
- Full article: This is an electronic version of an article that was published in Community Development Society © 2013 Copyright; Taylor & Francis. Community Development Society is available here.
Please click here to view the bylaws that guide the membership and activities of the Tufts Community Research Center.