Date of Award
College of Urban and Public Affairs
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.
Spaan, Mathew, "The Role and Structure of Mediating Entities in University-Community Partnerships: An Examination of Urban Routes" (2004). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 185.