Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in Higher Education

First Advisor

Phillis L. George

Second Advisor

Amy E. Wells Dolan

Third Advisor

Neal H. Hutchens

Relational Format



The community engagement field has grappled with critical questions around its failure to effectuate institutional change that will permit colleges and universities to create a more just society. At the same time, the University of Mississippi has struggled to reconcile its own institutional legacy of forced integration alongside an ambitious public mission in a state recognized for persistent poverty and inequality.



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