Concurrent Session: 5 | Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:15-10:30

Location: Room 2

Creative Ways for Universities to Leverage Private Real Estate Investment in Neighborhoods 

Since 2010, Johns Hopkins University has become more intentional and transactional in its implementation of two place-based community revitalization strategies. These efforts have leveraged more than $620 million of private real estate investment, creating hundreds of jobs, growing the tax base, and expanding opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses. Learn how universities, with strong leadership and a team of internal advocates, can creatively leverage their financial and intellectual resources in support of neighborhood revitalization efforts. Although real estate development alone is not an effective revitalization strategy for anchor institutions, new real estate investment can be transformative. The presenter will show that when the same talents, relationships and access to resources of a university’s leadership team are pressed into service on behalf of community investment, the prospects for revitalization are greatly enhanced. Find out how this kind of participation produced two restored movie theaters in a fledgling arts district, a 550-bed graduate student housing project, $260 million state office building, Walgreens and a popular local restaurant.

  

Presenters:

  • Andy Frank Special Adviser to the President on Econ. Dev., Johns Hopkins University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words:  Anchor Strategy, Healthy Communities, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Urban Development, University-Community Partnerships

 

Addressing the Housing Crisis in Oregon: Different Approaches to Collaboration 

This session will use the housing crisis in both the Portland Metropolitan region and in rural and remote Oregon as a vehicle for describing four different approaches to understanding and addressing the housing challenges facing the state. These four approaches offer insights into different approaches to defining and exploring a problem, new approaches to generating options for responding to the problem, different kinds of resource sharing and ways to generate a sense of shared purpose. 

 

Presenters:

  • Judith Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor, Portland State University

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words:  Institutional Change, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships

 

Location: Room 3

American University's Community-Based Research Scholars Program

American University's Community-Based Research Scholars (CBRS) program is an innovative living-learning community with an emphasis on community-based service learning and research. In this session, the CBRS director and an undergraduate Scholar will describe how the program has evolved since its inception in 2014. Community partners from a DC Public Charter Schools will present on the benefits and challenges of conducting community-based service learning and research projects with university students. In addition, the presenters will share the outcomes of our ongoing collaborations and the components of the program that lead to its success. 
 

Presenters:

  • Jane Palmer, Director, Community-Based Research Scholars program,  American University
  • Brandan Persaud, CBR Scholar (undergraduate student), American University
  • Tuesday Hence, Lead Residential Counselor, Maya Angelou Public Charter School
  • Michael Walker, Director of Post-Secondary Success, Maya Angelou Public Charter School

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

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

 

Innovation + Proven Practice: Increasing First Generation Student Success in STEM at Georgetown University

This presentation will describe the new Georgetown University Regents Science Scholar Program, designed to increase the number of underserved and first-generation college students who successfully complete degrees in the sciences and graduate prepared for careers in STEM fields. The program’s resources include access to a vast alumni network with hundreds of volunteers, peer mentors, a pre-orientation program, career and academic counseling, emergency financial support, summer and winter break housing, a physical space for gathering, and targeted programming.

 

Presenters:

  • Heidi Elmendorf, Biology Professor and Director of Science Education, Georgetown University
  • Devita Bishundat, Assistant Director, Center for Multicultural Equity and Access Director, Community Scholars Program, Georgetown University
  • Missy Foy, Director, Georgetown Scholarship Program, Georgetown University
  • Lauralyn Lee, Senior Advisor to the President, Georgetown University 

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: K-12+ Higher Education Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education

 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Endeavor Leadership Scholars Program

The Endeavor Leadership Scholars Program was established at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2010 and is designed for high performing women and minorities who have been involved in community service in high school. This presentation is designed to explain the program's learning objectives and corresponding required activities.  

 

Presenters:

  • Matthew Roy, Assistant Vice Chancellor,  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • John Quinn, Director of Public Interest Law Program, University of Massachusetts School of Law Dartmouth

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

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

 

Location: Room 4

Strategies to build effective tutoring and mentoring programs for youth

The Lindy Scholars Program at Drexel University provides mathematics and literacy support along with other related services to students in grades 6-8 enrolled in partner elementary schools, with Drexel students serving as small group tutors twice a week and mentoring four Saturdays per term. This presentation will focus on what has worked well with the Lindy Scholars Program model, including: the program structure, breakdown of tutoring and mentoring sessions, “divide and conquer” small group approach, best practices for student recruitment and training, and collaborating with schools to determine needs beyond after-school programming.

 

Presenters:

  • Katherine Regetta, Program Director, Lindy Scholars Program, Drexel University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: K-12+ Higher Education Partnerships, Civic Learning, University-Community Partnerships, Neighborhood Support

  

A unique community partnerships: Lessons learned for the future

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has a 23 year partnership with UALR Children International, which serves 3,200 low income children and their families every year with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty for the children and families the program serves. This presentation will discuss unique aspects of this 23 year partnership with UALR, how we assessed programming needs for the population served, challenges of increasing university engagement with CI and implications of assessing impact. 

 

Presenters:

  • Betsy Hart, Assistant Director, Community Connection Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Ryan Davis, Director, UALR Children International

Presentation Type: How-To

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

 

Safety and Protection of Minors: Developing Policy and Best Practices to Protect Youth on Campus

Activities for non-enrolled minors at colleges and universities such as camps, clinics, workshops, shadowing and conferences are integral components of outreach activities and pipeline programs on urban campuses. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) recognized the need for a centralized process to address the safety of youth on campus and embarked on a process of developing a policy and support mechanisms for implementation.  This presentation will review processes, best practices in youth program delivery and recommendations identified during the development and implementation of VCU’s Safety and Protection of Minors Policy.

 

Presenters:

  • Catherine Howard, Vice provost, Division of Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Tina Carter, Director, Mary and Frances Youth Center, Virginia Commonwealth University

Presentation Type: How-To

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

  

Location: Room 5

Lessons from the playground: How 3 rival universities found sharing just works better

The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities collaborate utilizing predictive analytics, career readiness, high-tech pathways, and targeted support to assist student success through institutional collaboration. This session will examine the coming tide of inter-university higher education collaboration and how it will begin to allow for the formation of partnerships designed to strengthen student success, increase access, and improve overall educational quality while also sharing resources and avoiding the duplication of efforts.

 

Presenters:

  • Michael Preston, Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Shared Spaces, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Managing and Mapping Highly Engaged Students: Metaphorical Code-Switching as a Mode of Experiential Reflection

Rutgers-Camden Civic Scholars is a Bonner Leader program that awards selected students a scholarship to serve 300 hours per year with nonprofits in Camden, NJ. Civic Scholars provides educational experiences that connect academics with intensive service, engagement with a variety of social issue areas and experts, and an emphasis on leadership and professional development. This workshop will be a discussion that delves deeper into the concept of metaphorical code-switching as a viable experiential learning reflection mode.

 

Presenters:

  • Chris Countryman, Program Coordinator of Student Civic Engagement, Rutgers University, Camden

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Civic Learning, Anchor Strategy, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Diversity

 

Using Research Awards to Encourage Applied Research Relevant to an Urban Mission

In 2014 and 2015, the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) provided funding for projects with high relevance to current urban issues, with the potential to apply the findings to practice in Nebraska, Iowa and beyond. . In this session the presenters will: discuss the motivation for developing the program; describe the process they use in awarding the funds; review the projects that we have funded; discuss how community partners were involved in the projects; and discuss the overall benefits and impacts of the projects both from the perspective of faculty and staff and community partners.

 

Presenters:

  • Jerome Deichert, Director, Center for Public Affairs Research, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Theresa Barron-McKeagney, Associate Dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Presentation Type: How-To

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

 

Location: Room 6

Medical Student-Community Partnership: Researching/Proposing Real World Solutions to Critical Community Problems

In the District of Columbia changing demographics now include a population of 25,517 children under the age of three; 25% of the child population. Families of children in this age group have long complained of inequities of diagnosis and treatment for children with special health care needs. This presentation will present an overview of the multi-year strategies and measurable outcomes achieved through an equity partnership model to develop and communicate resonant messages and policy for families based on reflections, focus groups and discussions with African American male caregivers in the District of Columbia.

 

Presenters:

  • Kim Bullock, Georgetown University
  • Beverly Roberson Jackson, Ed.D., Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
  • Debbie Vargas-Collins, Service-Learning and Community Health Program Coordinator, Georgetown University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Institutional Change, University-Community Partnerships

 

From Office to Innovation: Faculty Developing Infrastructure for Community Partnerships

At Marquette University, the Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative (LWRI) has recently been developed to deepen community engagement and advance academic scholarship pertaining to the reduction of health disparities among Latina/o youth and adults living in Milwaukee. The presentation will provide an opportunity to dialogue about the importance of the critical initial stages of developing deeper community partnerships and some of the key strategies and barriers to cultivating authentic collaboration, communication, planning, and accountability. 

 

Presenters:

  • Lisa Edwards, Associate Professor, Marquette University
  • Lucas Torres, Associate Professor, Marquette University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Healthy Communities, Institutional Change, University-Community Partnerships, Diversity

 

Creating a Sustainable Community Partnership using the Stater Collaboration Model

The session will present the methodology used to create a successful university, school and community partnership that addresses the behavioral health needs of residents of a traditionally underserved urban community. Using the 6 elements of the Slater Collaboration Model (Slater & Ravid, 2010): Purpose, Resources, Mutuality, Resistance, Positives and Limitations, the Cardinal Success Program is addressing the mental health needs identified by community residents using innovated programing integrated into the existing community structure.

 

Presenters:

  • Eugene Foster, Associate Professor & Clinic Director, University of Louisville

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Healthy Communities, Institutional Change, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Social Justice

 

Location: Room 7

Measurement and Assessment of Community Engagement: starting a campus-wide dialogue 

The University of Nebraska at Omaha faces difficulties in documenting and systematically gathering data about its community engagement activities, which are essential steps towards measuring the outcomes, impacts and quality of community engagement. This presentation describes the landscape analysis research conducted to understand how stakeholders perceive community engagement, perceived requirements, identify data gaps in reporting mechanisms, consolidate reporting needs, and identify best practices in measurement.

 

Presenters:

  • Deborah Smith-Howell, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Anthony Starke, Graduate Assistant, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Keristiena Shenouda, Project Specialist, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Presentation Type: How-To

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

  

Into the Weeds: Using Institutional Data to Support Program Improvement Across the University  

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of a unique pilot that was undertaken by VCU to strategically utilize institutional data to support program-level improvement, focusing on two programs that serve as models of high impact practices (HIPs) within the university, service-learning and ASPiRE, a living-learning program. The first semester of the pilot found that both service-learning and ASPiRE are succeeding as HIPs at VCU with underrepresented and diverse students participating and being retained at the university when compared to non-participants.

 

Presenters:

  • Erin Brown, ASPiRE Director, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Lynn Pelco, Associate Vice Provost for Division of Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Scott Oates, Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Christopher Rillstone, Program Support Coordinator, Virginia Commonwealth University

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Institutional Change, Innovations in Higher Education

  

 

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