Dr. Holly E. Harriel is an independent consultant working on university-community partnerships, anchor institutions, civic engagement competencies and urban community transformation. Prior to her consultancy work, Harriel was the director of education outreach at Brown University. She received her Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, holds a masters degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an alumnus of Auburn and Tuskegee Universities. Holly's work is greatly informed from over 20 years of experience working with a wide range of stakeholder groups; as a senior leader at two community development corporations, a cross-sector collaborative neighborhood development non-profit, and a national community economic development funding agency. Holly's passion for social justice has been the driving force in her career as an urban planner and educator.
How do institutions and communities alike, deal with the historical mistrust that so often exist while building reciprocal university-community partnerships that are sustainable?
How is the shift of leadership in cities from Boomer generation civic leaders to urban Millennial change-makers influencing university-community partnerships?
What professional development training should be created to assist campus leaders understand and build their individual, as well as, a campus’s institutional capacity to work with urban change-makers in real time?
Practice Areas: Higher Ed Civic Engagement, University-Community Partnerships & Anchor Institutions
Institutional Community Engagement Assessment and Feasibility Study: Data-rich reports include recommendations for improving community engagement with an institution’s neighboring communities.
Institution-Community Partnership Initiative Alignment: In-person gatherings that help establish a common vision among campus leaders, community leaders, stakeholders and local social entrepreneurs influencers (who typically do not engage or communicate with one another), and provide a platform for effective collaboration.
Improving Community Engagement Accountability Strategy Session: Small discreet meetings assist executive campus leaders and community leaders in building trust and collaboration toward development of a shared vision and strategy. I offer advisory counsel across a range of issues and topics related to historical mistrust, boundary spanning practice and the building of inclusive partnership frameworks.
Civic Practice Professional Development Training: Training that focuses on cross sector partnership and anchor institution practice fields, helping campus leaders gain insights and understanding into the local community development innovation ecosystem. Thru an on-line knowledge-sharing platform and in-person coaching experiences, clients access original content on today’s civic leaders & social entrepreneurs & their work from across the country through a flipped classroom curriculum using individual case studies that are an interwoven collection of short storytelling videos, live streams, blogs, and podcasts. The professional development is organized around five community engagement core competency areas.
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