Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Professor Jeff Lewis
Professor Barbara Junisbai
Professor Claudia Arteaga
2018 Rachel J Geller
Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN), a collaborative initiative in Multnomah County, Oregon, combines the increasingly popular community school model with an innovative organizational structure to further two key goals: sustainability as an initiative and furthering racial equity. This thesis situates SUN within the context of American public education reform and existing literature on the positive outcomes, organizational structures, and leadership components of community schools. Building on past reviews of SUN and its outcomes, I use results from qualitative interviews with key stakeholders to provide insight into how its organizational structure contributes to the goals of sustainability and racial equity. I discuss the current state of SUN, future directions, and the relevancy of findings to other community schools initiatives and more generally, public education reform efforts.
Geller, Rachel, "Schools Uniting Neighborhoods: Sustainability and Racial Equity in a Community Schools Initiative" (2018). Scripps Senior Theses. 1210.
Civic and Community Engagement Commons, Community-Based Research Commons, Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration Commons, Organization Development Commons, Other Educational Administration and Supervision Commons, Race and Ethnicity Commons, Social Welfare Commons, Work, Economy and Organizations Commons