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CommUniverCity San Jose: A Partnership for Service and Learning
Unformatted Document Text:  assess community needs and views and measure the impact CommUniverCity is having. Residents, city staff, and university faculty and students interacted in all the projects—a new experience for most participants. Residents and city staff had rarely intermingled with students and faculty and because SJSU is a commuter campus, faculty and students rarely interact with one another outside the classroom. The simple opportunity to be together was enjoyed by many participants and surely contributed to community building itself. Community Planning: Updating the Action Agenda. The flagship project for Year I of CommUniverCity was a community planning project to update the FWBT neighborhood priorities for both the city’s SNI program and CommUniverCity projects. Over the course of the 2005-06 academic year, eighteen master’s students in Urban and Regional Planning, under the leadership of Professor Dayana Salazar and Paul Pereira of the City’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, worked with over ninety FWBT residents to update priorities for neighborhood projects. Completing over 3,000 hours of volunteer service, students assembled research data on the current state of the neighborhood and the progress towards meeting priorities set five years previously, interviewed residents and city staff, and presented their preliminary findings to the community as a basis for subsequent planning. This was followed by three community workshops in which residents, supported by students, professors, and city staff, developed recommendations for future priorities and conducted an elaborate voting process to determine the top ten projects for FWBT. Resident participation more than doubled from the first round of goal setting in 2001 – from 43 to 90 participants – and FWBT was the first of the nineteen SNI 16

Authors: Christensen, Terry., Jackson, Melinda. and Agredano, Ricardo.
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assess community needs and views and measure the impact CommUniverCity is having.
Residents, city staff, and university faculty and students interacted in all the projects—a
new experience for most participants. Residents and city staff had rarely intermingled
with students and faculty and because SJSU is a commuter campus, faculty and students
rarely interact with one another outside the classroom. The simple opportunity to be
together was enjoyed by many participants and surely contributed to community building
itself.
Community Planning: Updating the Action Agenda. The flagship project for Year
I of CommUniverCity was a community planning project to update the FWBT
neighborhood priorities for both the city’s SNI program and CommUniverCity projects.
Over the course of the 2005-06 academic year, eighteen master’s students in Urban and
Regional Planning, under the leadership of Professor Dayana Salazar and Paul Pereira of
the City’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, worked with over ninety FWBT residents to
update priorities for neighborhood projects. Completing over 3,000 hours of volunteer
service, students assembled research data on the current state of the neighborhood and the
progress towards meeting priorities set five years previously, interviewed residents and
city staff, and presented their preliminary findings to the community as a basis for
subsequent planning. This was followed by three community workshops in which
residents, supported by students, professors, and city staff, developed recommendations
for future priorities and conducted an elaborate voting process to determine the top ten
projects for FWBT. Resident participation more than doubled from the first round of goal
setting in 2001 – from 43 to 90 participants – and FWBT was the first of the nineteen SNI
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