Extending Our Conceptualization of Boundary-Spanning Leadership for Community Engagement

Trina Van Schyndel, Andrew J. Pearl, Jennifer W. Purcell


In this reflective conceptual essay, we critically examine two complementary models related to leadership for community engagement—the boundary-spanning model (Weerts & Sandmann, 2010) and the preliminary competency model for CEPs (Dostilio, 2017a). Both models organize and present prioritized activities necessary for individuals to advance community engagement. We believe an exploration of points of convergence and divergence between the models will lay the groundwork for continued inquiry and allow for further refinement of both models, with the aim of supporting the professional development of community engagement professionals (CEPs).

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