Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department of Communications
Robert W. Alexander
The integration of the university and its students into the broader Harrisonburg community has promoted increased interaction amongst JMU students, JMU faculty and staff, and community members. Navigating this complex relationship can be challenging and, in recent years, this relationship has become increasingly strained. The following research seeks to cultivate processes that aid in its improvement. The research finds that utilizing dialogue and deliberation as an approach to designing public process is a promising approach to mending and maintaining the relationship between JMU students and the broader Harrisonburg community, as well as to addressing town-gown tension at large. The research also employs a unique, flexible, methodology to allow for ongoing learning in developing a multi-phased, responsive process that helps participants move from understanding to finding sustainable solutions. The research offers insights into how information and perceptions that emerge in dialogic conversation can be used to design processes that transition into collaborative solutions for town-gown tensions.
Herb, Courtney C.; Holder, Lauren A.; and Steed, Alison L., "Students as Neighbors: Utilizing Dialogue and Deliberation to Manage Town-Gown Tensions" (2015). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 65.