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CommUniverCity San Jose: A Partnership for Service and Learning
Unformatted Document Text:  i CommUniverCity San José: Building a Partnership for Service and Learning Presented by Terry Christensen and Co-Authored by Melinda Jackson San José State University CommUniverCity San José is a partnership for service, learning and empowerment between a community of neighborhoods, San José State University and the City of San José, hence the name CommUniverCity. In its first two years of existence, CommUniverCity San José has concentrated 21,281 hours of student and community service in these neighborhoods, all based on priorities set by the residents, not those of the university or the city. This is a story of collaboration—how it was achieved and the challenges we’ve faced. Community, University, City Community. The Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace (FWBT) area is made up of half a dozen neighborhoods with their own identities. The first half of the area’s name comes from the Church of the Five Wounds, whose two towers next to a major freeway make it the most visible and monumental building in the area. Five Wounds is the Portuguese national church and the center of an old Portuguese community still characterized by shops and restaurants catering to San José’s now dispersed Portuguese population. But Portuguese culture is still strong in the Five Wounds area, with band halls 1

Authors: Christensen, Terry., Jackson, Melinda. and Agredano, Ricardo.
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CommUniverCity San José: Building a Partnership for Service and Learning
Presented by Terry Christensen and Co-Authored by Melinda Jackson
San José State University
CommUniverCity San José is a partnership for service, learning and
empowerment between a community of neighborhoods, San José State University and the
City of San José, hence the name CommUniverCity. In its first two years of existence,
CommUniverCity San José has concentrated 21,281 hours of student and community
service in these neighborhoods, all based on priorities set by the residents, not those of
the university or the city. This is a story of collaboration—how it was achieved and the
challenges we’ve faced.
Community, University, City
Community. The Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace (FWBT) area is made up of
half a dozen neighborhoods with their own identities. The first half of the area’s name
comes from the Church of the Five Wounds, whose two towers next to a major freeway
make it the most visible and monumental building in the area. Five Wounds is the
Portuguese national church and the center of an old Portuguese community still
characterized by shops and restaurants catering to San José’s now dispersed Portuguese
population. But Portuguese culture is still strong in the Five Wounds area, with band halls
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