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Community-University Partnerships Enhance Quality of Life

Briefly, what is the mission of your organization and what is your role?
What do you most want people to know about the work that you do and the unique characteristics of your organization?
What are you passionate about in your work?
What is your dream for the future of your organization and/or community-campus partnerships you're involved in?
What lessons have you learned that you would like to communicate to others involved in community-campus partnerships?
What is the biggest challenge you face in your work and how are working to overcome it?
If you could give advice to a policy maker (Congress, President, Secretary of Health, Surgeon General, etc.) what would you recommend?
Why did you join CCPH? How would you describe the organization to your colleagues?
What does "community-campus partnership mean to you?
What value do you see in being a member of CCPH to meet your future goals for your organization?
What strengths and talents do you bring to CCPH?

Q: Briefly, what is the mission of your organization and what is your role?

Richard Eberst, Director of Community University Partnerships (CUP) at California State University at San Bernardino, gives a speech during the CUP Symposia in 2001.

A: Currently, I am the director of Community-University Partnerships (CUP) at California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB). CUP's mission is "To advance community-university partnerships that enhance the overall quality of life of our service region, increase the relevancy of our educational efforts, and bring new vibrancy, repute, and resources to CSUSB and to the community." In doing this we are directly addressing one of the three goals of the CSUSB strategic plan which is to "Adopt a long-term strategy for university engagement in community partnerships." The most important thing readers should know about CUP is that we span all five Divisions of the University and our partnerships focus on five areas: Culture and the Arts, Educational Quality of the Work Force and Citizenry, Economic Transformation, Health Enhancement, and Family and Community Enrichment and not just health. However, most of my colleagues understand that if universities are to truly engage in community health enhancement