"THE ​EGAN WAY"

Sustainability & Transformation: 

We believe that our efforts in long-term partnerships with communities should lead to sustainable and transformative partnerships, programs and resources in the service of equity and justice.

Systemic Analysis of Power Relationships: 

We facilitate reflection about individuals, organizations and communities within the context of the internal and external systems that affect them. We work towards individual and social transformation and systemic changes in social, political and economic policies and practices.

Understanding Context: 

We believe that the social, political, economic, ecological, cultural, historical, gender-based, religious and other contexts of peoples’ lives are critical to understanding the assets they have and the goals they wish to achieve.

Valuing Indigenous Wisdom: 

We believe that the funds of knowledge inherent in communities, groups, communities and cultures are as important as knowledge produced in mainstream academic circles.

Sankofa:  

Creating opportunities for people to learn from past lessons and successes to move forward and build on what has come before us.

Community-driven: 

Egan Office believes that our work with communities must be at their invitation and must be driven by community folks who take ownership of the assets, goals and knowledge they develop and the actions they undertake.

Authentic Participation & Decision-making: 

We believe in providing concrete resources and supports for maximum participation of all community folks, especially the disenfranchised, in decision-making processes that affect their lives.

Inclusiveness: 

Egan Office works to ensure that all residents of a community, especially those that have been traditionally non-participatory and unheard, find and use their voices and participate as equal partners and as agents of change.

Critical Thinking: 

Partnerships should be based on a critical analysis of the power structures, inequalities and injustices that exist among partners, in communities and in society as a whole.  

Asset-based approach:

Egan Office works to help identify and build on community and individual strengths and resources. The processes we use and the outcomes we work toward are community-driven and based on community strengths, resources and assets whether they are formal or informal, traditional or nontraditional. We seek to add value to existing efforts by facilitating access to additional community and university resources.​