Notes From the Field: Service Learning and the Development of Multidisciplinary Community-Based Research Initiatives

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Recent literature suggests that community-based research (CbR) is a model of service learning that can advance student learning, as well as support the research interests of community organizations. For the pedagogy to be successful, however, faculty must overcome a number of challenges. This article discusses these challenges and illustrates how multidisciplinary, multiyear CbR initiatives are important vehicles for furthering university–community partnerships. We conclude that, as with other service-learning models, successful multidisciplinary, community-based efforts require institutional investments to facilitate successfully linking faculty, students, and community organization in research initiatives that promote positive social change.