Friday, October 14

06-04 Making Time: Strategies for Improving Community-University Partnerships [hybrid]

Friday, October 14, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Promenade B

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee and the Public Programs Section


Chair: Sarah M. Gordon (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Forum participants:

Junious Lee Brickhouse (Urban Artistry, Inc.)

Elizabeth Campbell (Appalachian State University)

Nicole Saylor (Library of Congress)

Naomi  Sturm-Wijesinghe (Philadelphia Folklore Project Board)

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth (The Ohio State University)

This forum follows from the AFSAM2021 forum titled “'This Needs More Time!': Addressing the Practical Limitations of Community-University Partnerships.” That forum discussed various challenges panelists confronted in attempting to do community-driven work while based at universities, including rigidity in timeline expectations, grant-fundable expenses, modes of interaction, and acceptable project outcomes. This year’s panel will bring the outcomes of last year’s discussion into alignment with parallel concerns being discussed by the Cultural Diversity Committee by bringing together university-based and public folklorists, including CDC leadership, with the goal of creating a position statement that engages holistically with the challenges and best practices of community-university partnerships. This statement should be usable by universities and university-based folklorists, public folklore organizations, and other stakeholders to inform ethical and practical expectations for community-university partnerships in folklore. Then, it will discuss rollout strategies to support the adoption and teaching of the practices outlined in the document.