Community Engagement Abroad

On today's episode we're joined by Pat Crawford and Brett Berquist to discuss their book, Community Engagement Abroad: Perspectives and Practices on Service, Engagement, and Learning Overseas.
A landmark in our understanding of international community-engaged learning programs, Community Engagement Abroad invites educators to rethink everything from disciplinary assumptions to the role of higher education in a globalizing world. Tapping the many such programs developed at Michigan State University during the last half-century, the volume develops a comprehensive framework for analyzing study-abroad programs with a community-engagement focus. More than a how-to guide, it also offers seven theoretically framed case studies showing how these experiences can change students, faculty, and communities alike. The book’s authors take readers on a fascinating journey through how they changed as a result of designing and delivering programs in full collaboration with community partners, and as a whole the delivers powerful, persuasive arguments for developing truly reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships beyond the academy.

Pat Crawford is the director of the School of Design at South Dakota State University and former Associate Director of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. Brett Berquist leads international strategy and operations as director international at the University of Auckland.

Community Engagement Abroad: Perspectives and Practices on Service, Engagement, and Learning Overseas is available at and other fine booksellers. You can connect with Brett on Twitter @bberquist. You can connect with the press on Facebook and @msupress on Twitter, where you can also find me @kurtmilb.

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