Promoting Democratic Practice in the Context of an Extended University-Community Partnership:
Lessons from Participant Interviews and Observations Over Five Years

The National Forum’s Access to Democracy project brought together community leaders, local residents, and civic organizations across the state to discuss college access and educational attainment. This project outlines the knowledge gained in working in Brightmoor and other Michigan communities with the support of the Kettering Foundation. It describes the evolution of the work in the Brightmoor community over the course of five years. The subsequent project report also presents ongoing questions that have arisen out of neighborhood partnerships and the reasons they could be important beyond the immediate context and perhaps useful to others that share a similar faith in the democratic processes that take place in community settings.