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I am interested in the politics of urban education, particularly as they relate to democratic participation, equity, and difference. I see service learning and campus-school-community partnerships as possible ways to bridge the boundaries between education professionals and inner-city residents, and improve schools through community building and community development. Most of my current work, including my book, Engaging in Social Partnerships: Democratic Practices for Campus-Community Partnerships (Routledge 2015), is focused on the theory and practice of university-community partnerships. I am the secretary of an NGO that links Jamaican students and edu-tourists with local partners in Jamaica (Edu-Tourism) and direct a summer abroad program in Jamaica that involves international service learning. I am also collaborating with colleagues at Temple and elsewhere on professional development in diversity leadership and have co-developed and co-taught a 12-credit graduate certificate on the topic.