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Meaningful community engagement can take several forms, from culturally responsive outreach to community-based participatory research. The key to effectively and respectfully engaging with local and indigenous communities is to: 

  1. Recognize the diversity among them. 
  2. Ask, why would this engagement benefit both parties? The best way to find the answer is to learn directly from the community members their needs, but mostly their interests. Avoid adopting any “savior” attitude and try to develop honest relationships recognizing that as a researcher, there is also a lot to learn.
  3. Be flexible and open to complexity and ambiguity. Clear and constant communication is fundamental.

The Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service: Supports Stanford’s members interested in public service and community engagement through different resources.


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