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  • MIT@Lawrence Partnership

    MIT@Lawrence is a sustained, multi-faceted partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the City of Lawrence, MA, a small, ethnically diverse city 30 miles northwest of Boston. Over the partnership’s 10-year history, faculty and students from many MIT programs have worked together with Lawrence residents, civic institutions and community-based organizations to address problems facing ...

  • MIT@Lawrence Story Project

    The MIT@Lawrence Story Project was a culminating product of nearly ten years of collaboration that examined the partnership through dozens of interviews with participants. The project was motivated in part by a need to report the outcomes of a multi-year HUD Community Outreach Partnership Center grant. But Lawrence residents were interested in the project as ...

  • Are you an activist scholar? You are not alone.

    In this essay, Activist Scholar Lorlene Hoyt uncovers the importance of universities and communities collaborating to solve modern urban problems. Hoyt calls for activist scholars to boldly explore alternative forms of scholarship. Read more here. Author(s): Lorlene Hoyt Publication Date: 2010   Image by Talloires Network

  • The Theory of Participatory Action Research

    This course provides an introduction to the theory of participatory action research and more generally to competing ideas about the uses of social research to promote social change. Students will explore the epistemological foundation for action research, knowledge generation in action research, the role of the “friendly outsider,” action science and organizational learning, participatory evaluation ...

  • One Activist Intellectual’s Experience in Surviving and Transforming the Academy

    My survival in higher education has its roots in the connections between my lived experience as the immigrant son of farm worker parents and the lessons learned in overcoming systemic obstacles as a community organizer and intellectual activist. Whenever the road in academia got rough I had to face another hurdle, I always remembered the ...

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