Concurrent Session: 4 | Monday October 24th 3:45-4:30

Location: Room 2

Universities as Partners in Scaling Up Evidence-Based Social Innovations

In this presentation, the presenters share findings from a study commissioned by The Wallace Foundation that examines how evidence-based social innovations successfully scale up through partnerships with foundations, nonprofits, researchers and government agencies. They provide a case study of how The Campus Kitchens Project, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a national staff of just 12 people, has partnered with more than 50 college campuses, several of which are CUMU members, to serve more than 2.6 million meals to campus communities.



  • R. Sam Larson, Assistant Dean, Michigan State University
  • Laura Toscano, Director, The Campus Kitchens Project

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Civic Learning, Healthy Communities, University-Community Partnerships, Social Justice, Innovations in Higher Education


Location: Room 3

Threats & Challenges to the Urban & Metropolitan University Mission: Current Trends and a Community Discussion 

In this session, the presenters will highlight current pressures that pose the greatest threat to achieving a balance between providing access, especially to historically underserved student populations, and the types of external pressures that realign institutional priorities. These include: mission differentiation efforts; resource competition; performance-based funding criteria; prestige expectations; and faculty pressures to focus more on research than teaching and service.  


  • Desiree Zerquera, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
  • Erin Doran, Senior Student Development Specialist, University of Texas at San Antonio

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Anchor Strategy, Institutional Change, Social Justice


Location: Room 4

Identity and Image Management: Data Tracking & Reporting as Institutional Change Strategy

Because higher education is particularly reputation and image conscious (Frombrun & Shanely, 1990), members of higher education institutions are especially susceptible to others’ views of “who” their organization is, and therefore, tend to spend considerable time, effort, and resources towards managing its image. Grounded in organizational identity (Whetten, 2006) and image (Price, Gioia & Corley, 2009) theories, the presentors share likely causes of and solutions to potential “scattered” images and identity problems that colleges and universities face when trying to capture and tell their “engagement stories.”



  • Emily Janke, Director, Inst for Community & Economic Engagement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Barbara Holland, Higher Education Consultant & Senior Scholar, Barbara Holland Research; ICEE/UNCG Senior Scholar

Presentation Type:  Proven Programs

Key Words: Institutional Change


Location: Room 5

Dancing without stepping on one another's toes:  Challenges and opportunities in campus-community partnership

This presentation provides an opportunity to take a close look at the experiences of Oakland University’s experience as they built a relationship with a community recovering from the loss of several GM manufacturing plants--located 6 miles from our campus.  After presenting our experience and areas of accomplishment, they will facilitate a brief discussion of “lessons learned” from participants in this session so we may learn from one another.



  • Kevin Corcoran, Dean, Oakland University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: K-12+ Higher Education Partnerships, Anchor Strategy, Institutional Change, Community Development


Location: Room 6

Innovative Models for Next-Generation International Partnerships with a focus on Academic Impact and Community Engagement

International programs open the world to students and foster a global mindset which is critical to the success of today’s college graduates; however, traditional international activities tend to focus on student mobility and produce cooperation agreements that rarely result in significant outcomes beyond exchange programs. The presenters plan to share specific examples of successful implementation of these models and how the impact is being sustained over a long period.



  • Hesham Ali, Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Deepak Khazanchi, Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Peter Mirski, Professor, Management Center Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Economic Development, Workforce Development, University-Community Partnerships, International Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education


Location: Room 7

Designing the Future(s) at Georgetown University: The Role of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning in the Future of Undergraduate Education

Georgetown University’s “Designing the Future(s) of the University initiative” is Georgetown’s strategic institutional response to the widespread and noisy national conversation about the nature and value of traditional university education. This presentation will include an overview of Georgetown University’s efforts to actively explore innovations around the future of undergraduate education, with a particular emphasis on the role of meaningful community engagement and experiential learning.  The presentation will feature an example of one such curriculum innovation, a new multi-year, and multi-faceted, urban studies program.



  • Lauralyn Lee, Senior Advisor to the President, Georgetown University
  • Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education, Georgetown University 
  • Brian  McCabe, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Georgetown University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

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


Location: Room 8

The Formation of Community-Engaged Scholars: A Collaborative Approach to Doctoral Training (The 2016 Lynton Award Winner)

This presentation focuses on the training and development of community-engaged scholars in doctoral programs in education. The presenter will share the results of a study focused on a research project designed to foster the skills, dispositions, and commitments needed for community-engaged scholarship. This study explored how the project developed these skills and dispositions and the ways in which this learning shaped students' ongoing practice of community-engaged scholarship. This presentation will offer critical lessons for those interested in the development of a new generation of researchers committed to working with communities for social justice.



  • Mara Casey Tieken, Assistant Professor, Bates College

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

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


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