Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Public Administration


College of Urban and Public Affairs

Major Professor

Strong, Denise

Second Advisor

Alcazar, Alvaro

Third Advisor

Gladstone, David


This thesis examines the use of mediating entities in overcoming barriers found in many university-community partnerships, which arise out of unequal power, a lack of mutual understanding, and divergent agendas of the partners. In order to develop a theory or model of the functions and structure of these mediating entities, this thesis analyzes the Urban Routes program of International Project for Nonprofit Leadership. This study identifies four main functions of mediating entities: integration, interpretation, equalization, and sustaining. This case study reveals the importance of structuring these mediating entities in a way that allows for the most effective utilization of the personal relationships these structures rely upon.


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