Concurrent Session: 6 | Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:45-12:00

Location: Room 2

Disrupting the Norm: Collaborative Approaches to Inspire Institutional Change

This session will feature lessons learned from two cross-institutional initiatives:  1) Collaborating for Change, which tests and deploys strategies that foster innovation across urban public research universities and 2) Urban Universities for HEALTH, which aims to build a diverse health and biomedical research workforce to address health disparities. This interactive session will ask attendees to consider how collaborative approaches featured through the two initiatives may apply to their own institutions and change efforts.


  • Shannon Looney, Project Manager, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Julia Michaels, Project Manager, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Anchor Strategy, Healthy Communities, Institutional Change, Diversity, Innovations in Higher Education


Preparing Professionals to Meet the Healthcare Workforce Needs of Our Diverse Communities

This presentation will discuss a college-wide, multi-faceted approach to increase both the number and the diversity of healthcare providers through academic programs and curriculum, organizational structure, and special student initiatives. Successful programs in Nursing, Health Science, Human Services, Child and Adolescent Studies, Counseling, and Social Work combine to prepare students to be skilled, culturally-sensitive providers of a broad range of healthcare services in diverse communities.



  • Laurie Roades, Dean, California State University, Fullerton
  • Cindy Greenberg, Interim Associate Dean, California State University, Fullerton

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Healthy Communities, Workforce Development, Diversity


Community Based Learning: A Model for University and Public Health Collaboration 

This presentation will focus on a community based partnership between Worcester State University (WSU) and the Worcester Department of Public Health (WDPH), and the opportunities created by this partnership which were made possible by a series of grants, supporting faculty-driven, and student-led projects informed by WDPH’s community health improvement plan (CHIP). The presenters will offer guidance for establishing relationships between urban universities and local public health departments.



  • Linda S. Larrivee, Dean, Worcester State University
  • Kelly Carlson, Assistant Professor, Worcester State University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Healthy Communities, Workforce Development, University-Community Partnerships


Location: Room 3

Student Success for All: Support for Low Income Students at an Urban Public University

In 2015, The Lumina Foundation released “Beyond Financial Aide", which reported that as increases in the cost of higher education outpace the availability of financial aid, more and more students are left with unmet need, placing especially low-income students at risk of dropping out. The presenters will describe the process at MSU Denver for undertaking solution-oriented discussion on this critical topic and will share examples of how the cross-functional team is now working toward meeting the goals for supporting low-income students. Attendees will also be asked to share their solutions for meeting this critical student-support need. 


  • Mark Potter, Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Lori Kester, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Presentation Type: How-To

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


Academic Achievement through Community Engagement

The presenters will describe a new Quality Enhancement Plan entitled “Academic Achievement through Community Engagement” which allows University of Houston-Downtown to capitalize on its strength in community engagement in order to help students develop crucial academic skills.  The community-engagement context demonstrates to students that UHD honors the communities of which they are a part, and equips community members with skills to improve their own lives and those of others in their communities.   


  • Faiza Khoja, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Houston- Downtown
  • Poonam Salhotra, Interim Director of Center of Community Engagement and Service Learning and Director of Quality Enhancement Plan, University of Houston- Downtown

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Civic Learning, Workforce Development


The Shared Value of Nonprofit Partnerships

Partnership is more than a buzz word. For nonprofits, key deliverables and outcomes often rely on strategic partnerships. A multi-faceted partnership with a major university may be the underpinning of a successful nonprofit. More than 80% of Building STEPS’ Baltimore City public high school students earn a college degree. This could not happen without university partnerships. Come learn what successful partnership looks like from the nonprofit perspective, and how collaborative partnerships benefit the university, the nonprofit, the student and the community. 



  • Debra Hettleman, Executive Director, Building STEPS, Baltimore, Maryland

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Partnerships, Success, Achievement, STEM


Location: Room 4

Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: A Strategy for Rust Belt Revitalization

Institutions of Higher Education located within former “rust belt” communities are increasingly seen as valuable anchors that not only provide gateways for individual economic empowerment, but also serve as “brain centers" charged with generating practical solutions for the economic woes of surrounding communities.  This presentation explores the development of The Center for Strategic Ingepreneurship (CSI) at Coppin State University in West Baltimore, Maryland.    


  • Elgin Klugh, Associate Professor, Coppin State University
  • Ronald Williams, Interim Dean, College of Business, Coppin State University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Anchor Strategy, Economic Development, Urban Development, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Support


Connecting Learners and Job Seekers to Opportunities in Philadelphia

Digital On-Ramps (DOR) is a collaborative network of 13 agencies based at Drexel University committed to improve the workforce readiness of students and job seekers in Philadelphia by improving the system of training and employment services through the use of 21st century technology. This presentation will focus on the challenges and opportunities with cross industry partnerships, and the differences in implementation from a systems view to an on-the-ground perspective.



  • Joanne Ferroni, Director, University and Community Partnerships, Drexel University
  • Yuri Seung, Digital On-Ramps Project Coordinator, Drexel University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Anchor Strategy, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Institutional Change, University-Community Partnerships, Neighborhood Support, Innovations in Higher Education


Community Engagement Day Focus Group Workshops: Action Research on Collective Impact

Nonprofit organizations are overwhelmed often by the lack of support, infrastructure and knowledge to create long-term sustainability around their work in order to become more effective in addressing the challenges faced internally and externally. The goal of this presentation is to explain how building and increasing collaboration among a constituent group of organizations can result in collective impact and community engagement using the engaged scholarship model.



  • Constance Lacy, Dean, Univeristy of North Texas at Dallas

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

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


Location: Room 5

Public Sector - University Collaboration: Prioritizing Policy Alternatives for the Public Good

University-community collaborations in distressed urban areas are often focused on complex, multi-dimensional problems that pose significant challenges to policy makers and academics alike. In this presentation, a case study describing the relevance and use of the decision making model that provided community leaders with a unique view of property values in the context of urban redevelopment will be detailed and the lessons learned will be shared to inform similar collaborative efforts.



  • Ellen Szarleta, Director, Center for Urban & Regional Excellence, Indiana University Northwest

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

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


Weber State and Ogden: Defining Each Other through the College Town Initiative

The partnership between Weber State University (WSU) and the City of Ogden, UT was recognized in 2015 as the most robust partnership in the United States and Canada by the International Town and Gown Association.  Presenters from Ogden and WSU will outline key elements of the College Town Initiative, with the main goal of showcasing a model of stewardship that is strategic, intentional, and formalized between the university and its host city.



  • Chuck Wight, President, Weber State University
  • Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Associate Provost for High Impact Programs, Weber State University
  • Bill Cook, Executive Director of Ogden City Council, Ogden City

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Anchor Strategy, University-Community Partnerships, Diversity, Shared Spaces


Location: Room 6

A Service Year: Innovations in Campus-Community Partnerships

This session will describe a partnership between Service Year Alliance and Drexel University’s UConnect initiative, through which students learn about the real and pervasive social justice issues effecting their local communities, while also supporting their neighbors in navigating the complex social service landscape. Presenters will guide a discussion around this strategy, share best practices, and help participants explore whether a service year strategy will help fulfil their institutional goals.  



  • Jenna Dell, Associate Director, Service Year Alliance
  • Jennifer Johnson, Kebea Executive Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, Drexel University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words:  K-12+ Higher Education Partnerships, Civic Learning, Anchor Strategy, Healthy Communities, Economic Development, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education


Music to Our Ears: A University / Youth Orchestra Collaboration

This presentation will describe an innovative first-year university student program called FLEX: Freshman Learning Experience, and will show how adding a community engagement component to the FLEX triad of courses greatly enhanced the experiences of the faculty, students, youth and administrators involved in the University / Youth Orchestra collaboration. Attendees will hear of the successes and challenges of this ambitious collaborative project between the University and YOLA at HOLA, a successful urban program providing for some of Los Angeles’s most vulnerable youth, specifically through a K-12 social change/youth development orchestra program.



  • Lynn Stanton-Riggs, Assistant Dean, College of Education, University of La Verne
  • Marisol Morales, Director of Civic and Community Engagement, University of La Verne

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

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


First Year Experience: Success and Challenges in a First Year Experience Program 

This presentation will highlight the process of developing and implementing a First Year Experience program intended to impact up to 2100 freshmen annually at a four-year public university. This session will provide attendees with recommendations in fast-tracking their own institutional First Year Experience program, while also promoting dialogue in best practices across existing and proposed programs.


  • Kim Wingate, Director of First-Year Experience & Associate Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Valerie Rutledge, Dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 
  • Beth Crawford, Director of Summer Bridge Program and Associate Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Institutional Change, Innovations in Higher Education


Location: Room 7

Starting with Faculty: Building a culture of engaged scholarship on campus

Participants will gain an understanding of what motivates some faculty members to consider the work of engagement. They will learn how to assist faculty to connect their existing research and coursework to engagement opportunities. Finally, they will understand how to move their engaged scholarship work from being activity-based to sustainable with strong community partnerships.



  • Arto Woodley, Scholar-in-Residence, Swarthmore College
  • Benjamin Berger, Executive Director, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and Associate Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Civic Learning, Anchor Strategy, Institutional Change, Urban Development, University-Community Partnerships, Social Justice


Community Engagement: Can it retain its momentum throughout a university presidential transition?

University presidents hold the strategic and symbolic power to communicate their institutions’ missions internally within their institutions and externally to the larger community; however, the requirements and demands of the position are dramatically increasing and significant presidential turnover is also occurring. The purpose of this session is to present a case study on the effects of community engagement throughout a university presidential transition and its applicability to urban and metropolitan universities.



  • Diann Olszowy-Jones, Recent Ph.D. Graduate, University of Georgia

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words:Institutional Change, University-Community Partnerships 

Professional development for community-engaged research and teaching: An integrated model for administrators, instructors, researchers, and community partners

Traditional professional development strategies, such as workshops and lectures, are ill-suited to meeting the goals of adult learners interested in utilizing community-engaged research and teaching methods. Participants will learn key andragogy principles and how to integrate these into community-engagement professional development initiatives; core community-engagement concepts that apply to both teaching and research activities; a method for creating a flexible professional development system that can be delivered in multiple formats; and strategies for creating learning environments that can simultaneously meet the needs of multiple stakeholder groups.  



  • Lynn Pelco, Associate Vice Provost for Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jennifer Early, Research Associate & Strategic Project Manager, Virginia Commonwealth University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

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



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