Concurrent Session: 1 | Monday October 24th 9:45-11:00

Location: Room 2

Leading with the Civic: Institutionalizing a Two-Tiered Model of Community-Engaged Learning

Duquesne University has pivoted away from service-learning to a two-tiered model of community-engaged learning, which prioritizes civic learning outcomes and developmentally appropriate experiences. This presentation will present a civic learning model that is garnering attention nationally and share the processes, structures, and resources used to institutionalize the model. 

 

Presenters:

  • Lina Dostilio, Director, Ctr Community-Engaged Teaching/Research, Duquesne University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Civic Learning, Institutional Change

 

Supporting Institutional Change: A Case Study of Strategies that Really Work

This presentation presents a case study of how Pace University, a multi-campus university, implemented an action plan toward creating a culture of civic engagement and educating for social justice across its campuses. The presenters will discuss the designation of the Center for Community Action and Research as a hub for planned change, the development of a Core Curriculum service learning requirement, and how the university encouraged individual and cross-constituency community partnerships. 

 

Presenters:

  • Mary Ann Murphy, Director, Professor, Director of CCAR, Pace University
  • Heather Novak, Associate Director, CCAR, Pace University
  • Dan Botting, Associate Director, CCAR, Pace University 

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Civic Learning, Institutional Change

 

The Impact of Community Engagement as a Strategy in the Retention of Minority Students at an Urban, Public Commuter Campus

This presentation presents a case study of how Pace University, a multi-campus university, implemented an action plan toward creating a culture of civic engagement and educating for social justice across its campuses. The presenters will discuss the designation of the Center for Community Action and Research as a hub for planned change, the development of a Core Curriculum service learning requirement, and how the university encouraged individual and cross-constituency community partnerships. 

 

Presenters:

  • Liza Alonzo, Executive Director, University of Houston-Downtown
  • Khoja Associate, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness, University of Houston-Downtown

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Civic Learning, University-Community Partnerships, Neighborhood Support

 

Location: Room 3 

What the Heck is a Metropolitan University? (How to promote it and why it's important)

The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) is defined as Nebraska's Metropolitan University within the University of Nebraska system. Seems like a great way to be defined at the surface, right? The problem is, when asked, everyone on campus and in the community had a different definition for what it meant. With just three years of existence as a campus office, the UNO Office of University Communications collaborated with campus partners to study and define what it means to be a Metropolitan University. The UNO Office of University Communications leadership team will describe the process of defining what a Metropolitan University means to the UNO campus; how to promote the Metropolitan University message; and why being a Metropolitan University is so important. You don’t have to be in communications or marketing to attend this session.

 

Presenters:

  • Emily Poeschl, Director of Marketing, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Erin Owen, Executive Director of University Communications, University of Nebraska Omaha

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Institutional Change, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Crafting and Enhancing Communications to Support Community-University Partnerships in Higher Education

The Virginia Commonwealth University Division of Community Engagement website will be used as a case study on methods to structure content and communications to create a dialogue grounded in best practices of university-community partnerships. Attendees will walk away with tangible next steps to shape their existing communications to create complementary approaches that will convey the mutual benefit of university-community partnerships.

 

Presenters:

  • Audrey Trussell, Assistant to the Vice Provost, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Valerie Holton, Director of Community-Engaged Research, Virginia Commonwealth University

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: University-Community Partnership

 

Location: Room 4

Georgetown's Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor: An Experiment in Experiential Learning and Solidarity Building

This presentation will tell the story of the development of Georgetown's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor & the Working Poor, an experiential learning lab that has provided Georgetown students with the opportunity to engage with issues that are currently affecting working people, especially the working poor. The presentation will address several aspects of the initiative, including: relationships with labor and community allies, undergraduate organizing and research internships, the development of student-labor solidarity projects, student-led research on labor issues, alternative break programs, curricular support, and faculty research and fellowship.

 

Presenters:

  • Joseph McCartin, Professor of History, Director, Georgetown University

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Social Justice

 

Teaching Baltimore Together: Building Thematic Cooperation Between Classes

One year ago, Baltimore citizens took to the streets to protest the death of Freddie Gray and the structural inequalities and structural violence that systematically limit the opportunities for working-class African Americans in Baltimore.  This presentation describes how activists moved to both support the people of Baltimore while using the moment of critical reflection to critique racial inequalities on campus. The presenters will discuss how they brought together several courses in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice in order to examine the interrelationships between power, race, class, public space and urban development.

 

Presenters:

  • Matthew Durington, Professor, Towson University
  • Samuel Collins, Professor, Towson University

Presentation Type:  Proven Programs

Key Words: Civic Learning, Urban Development, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Social Justice, Diversity, Shared Spaces, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Divided Baltimore Speaker Series\Course: Beginning the Process of Positive Change

  This presentation will describe how the University of Baltimore created the Divided Baltimore Speaker Series/Course, which invited UB students and the general public to attend Ted Talk style lectures presented by UB faculty, business leaders, activists, and community members one night a week in the campus Town Hall. The objective was to explore the city’s racial division with the larger community even while offering course credit at multiple levels.

 

Presenters:

  • Darien Ripple, Experiential Program Manager, University of Baltimore
  • Tylis Cooper, Academic Program Coordinator, University of Baltimore
  • Joseph Wood, Professor, University of Baltimore
  • Sonce Reese, Graduate Assistant, University of Baltimore

Presentation Type:  Proven Programs

Key Words: K-12+ Higher Education Partnerships, Civic Learning, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Social Justice, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Location: Room 5

Across the Continuum: A Framework for Community Engagement

Recognizing the value and need for these mutual and reciprocal relationships with community partners, the Division of Community Engagement at California State University San Marcos reorganized its programs and activities along a continuum “from outreach to engagement.” In this session, leaders from the Division will: (1) share this innovative structure, (2) discuss how programs and activities are plotted along the continuum, and (3) examine outcomes related to developing and sustaining meaningful connections and impacting the social good.

 

Presenters:

  • Patricia Prado-Olmos, Vice President, Community Engagement, California State University San Marcos
  • Sarah Villarreal, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement, California State University San Marcos
  • Scott Gross, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement, California State University San Marcos

Presentation Type:  Proven Programs

Key Words: Anchor Strategy, University-Community Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Institutionalizing Community Engagement: Development of Community Engagement Plans

The University of Louisville attempted to address institutionalization of community engagement by engaging in a university-wide conversation of what the University of the 21st Century should look like in the areas of teaching, research, and service. This presentation will look at the template used to develop the engagement plans and the role these plans play in institutionalizing community engagement, positioning the university for the next round of Carnegie classification, and meeting Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirement in assessing community engagement.    

 

Presenters:

  • Henry R. Cunningham, Director, Community Engagement, University of Louisville
  • Patrick Smith, Coordinator of Community Partnership Assessment, University of Louisville
  • Ralph Fitzpatrick, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement, University of Louisville

Presentation Type:  How-To

Key Words: Institutional Change, University-Community Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Location: Room 6

Foucault Rides the Streetcar: Power, Privilege, and Service Learning in New Orleans 

Students rapidly pass through universities and the surrounding communities, and yet in the context of service learning, these temporary residents hold power, transmitting knowledge between university and city. During this presentation the presenter will reflect on leading service learning seminars at Tulane University in order to explore these dynamics further, as well as present and solicit methods for promoting ethical conversation in service learning classes.   

 

Presenters:

  • James Garrett, Senior Program Coordinator, Tulane University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: University-Community Partnerships, Social Justice, Diversity

 

Service Learning and the Significance of Students' Racial Identities

This presentation addresses service-learning classes and their ability to change students’ stereotypes by exposing to individuals who differ from them in their ethnoracial, socioeconomic, and linguistic background. This case study about freshmen students’ service learning experiences with a local West African community not only tested Allport’s intergroup contact hypothesis but also provides insights how the experiences of  White students differed from their ethnoracial minority and/or immigrant peers.

    

Presenters:

  • Bernadette Ludwig, Assistant Professor, Wagner College

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Civic Learning, University-Community Partnerships, Social Justice, Diversity

 

Flipping the Script:  From Problems to Promise

Often when working in low-income neighborhoods, the focus is on need, vulnerability, and trauma.  Using the example of the city of Chester, PA, the presenter will engage participants in an exercise designed to challenge perceptions of low-income neighborhoods and the people who live in them.

 

Presenters:

  •   Marina Barnett, Associate Professor, Widener University

Presentation Type:  Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Social Justice


Location: Room 7

Capturing the Promise:  Moving beyond Partnerships based on Proximity

This presentation will address (a) internal and external barriers (academic and administrative) encountered by the department as it initiated change within both the university and the P-12 districts, (b) expected and unexpected outcomes, and (c) data from two years of implementation.  The ultimate question “has the promise of the new partnership model been reached?” will be the focus of the presentation.

 

Presenters:

  • Connie Schaffer, Assessment Coordinator, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Sarah Edwards, Chair - Teacher Education Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Presentation Type:  How-To

Key Words: K-12+ Higher Education Partnerships, Institutional Change, University-Community Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education

 

The Why, What and How of Building a Citywide STEM Ecosystem

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) partnered with the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, as well as more than 30 other citywide partners to undertake the effort of increasing the number of graduates in STEM programs and increase our international competitiveness. .  This presentation will discuss: 1) why such a citywide structure is critical, 2) what is entailed in creating such a multi-stakeholder effort, and 3) how the effort has been formalized in Omaha.

 

Presenters:

  • Neal Grandgenett, Haddix Community Chair of STEM Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Elizabeth Mulkerrin, Director of Education, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
  • Christine  Cutucache, Haddix Community Chair of Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Presentation Type:  How-To

Key Words: K-12+ Higher Education Partnerships, Workforce Development, Institutional Change, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Experiential Learning to Teach through University-Community and K-12 Partnerships

This presentation will focus on the value of experiential learning partnerships between a school of education and external entities. The five case studies (three in traditional classroom settings, one in a museum, and one at a zoo) will include student’s narratives of experience that demonstrate the impact of experiential learning on pre-service teacher’s knowledge and skills for beginning to teaching.   

 

Presenters:

  • Glenda Moss, Department Chair, University of North Texas Dallas

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: K-12+ Higher Education Partnerships, University-Community Partnerships

    

 

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