Due to changes unfolding in urban demographics, along with continuing social and economic problems in many cities, there is a growing need for a cadre of community-based leaders to work in, and on behalf of, communities of color. Developing such leaders requires understanding of the factors that determine the nature of racial and ethnic relations between African-American, Latino, and Asian communities. Unfortunately, training programs in higher education designed to equip African-American, Latino, and Asian urban leaders to work with each other and become effective change agents in their communities have not been widely established, even at institutions with strong urban missions. The Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership represents a pathbreaking model that suggests new ways of pursuing effective training for multiracial and multi-ethnic collaboration while strengthening and expanding the professional and organizational skills of the participants.



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