University partnerships with the community are often depicted in terms of the many positive contributions that university professors and students can provide back to the surrounding neighborhoods and communities in terms of human and intellectual capital.
By now everyone in California is aware that the state’s 2009-2010 budget crisis has led to drastic cuts in state funding for social services and education. In response to the $814 million dollar cut in its budget the leadership of the University of California has reduced or eliminated programs, imposed unpaid furlough on staff and faculty, and raised in-state undergraduate student fees by 32%.
Professor Na’ilah Suad Nasir, African American Studies / Education
by DANIEL PAREDES, Urban Planning
The Brooklyn, New York based civil rights activist Sonny Carson once noted that the schoolhouses he attended were like prisons, and that the prisons themselves were posing as schoolhouses—metal bars ran down the windows of both. Various authors such as playwright George Bernard Shaw, sociologist Michel Foucault, and even the band Pink Floyd have drawn similar comparisons between institutions of learning and institutions of incarceration.