By Susan Sturm, George M. Jaffin professor of law and social responsibility and director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change, Columbia University
They can also build diverse multigenerational, multidisciplinary, and multisector learning communities whose combined research, teaching, and engagement cultivates the knowledge and leadership necessary to address difficult problems (Sturm and Cantor 2011).
The full participation framework articulates the processes involved in this examination and suggests focusing initiatives on groups and communities that are not flourishing within existing institutional arrangements (Sturm 2006).
Through its collaboration with Columbia Law School's Center for Institutional and Social Change
and Imagining America
: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, SU
is identifying what it means to exercise "institutional citizenship": to build higher education institutions that enable people from all communities, backgrounds, and identities to participate fully and to build collective knowledge and capacity for solving sticky public problems (Sturm 2006).
This action research project uses collaborative inquiry to advance three linked goals: (1) increasing access, success, and full participation in higher education for underserved groups and communities; (2) building higher education's capacity to address urgent challenges facing these communities; and (3) prompting the institutional reimagination needed to achieve these goals.
has embraced this ambitious vision under the umbrella of "Scholarship in Action.
has embarked on a series of long-term projects to co-create knowledge and action in partnership with communities in and around the city, and thus to build collective capacity for addressing pressing public problems-local, regional, and global.
At the heart of this activity is a strategy of creating new leadership roles that span disciplines and institutions and combine diverse knowledge, stakeholders, resources, and capabilities (Sturm 2010).
equips "organizational catalysts"-including faculty, students, community members, and administrators-to connect and mobilize the resources and activities of many different systems (Sturm 2006).