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Engagement Scholarship Consortium International Conference

2021: Creating Connections and Expanding Possibilities

Main conference: September 13-15, 2021

Pennsylvania State University

Pre-Conference Workshops

To register for any of the pre-conference workshops, with the exception of the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop, visit the main Registration page. The Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop has a separate application process, which is outlined below.

Engagement Academy for University Leaders

September 9, September 23, and October 7
3:00–4:30 p.m. (ET)

Fee: $180

Leading Engagement in an Era of Political Polarization

In a politically fracturing nation, engagement leaders are faced with the challenge of partnering with an array of stakeholders that hold profoundly different visions about the direction of our democracy. How can engagement leaders be successful in navigating this difficult context within the academy and outside of the academy? During this three-week virtual seminar, participants will engage with literature, video interviews, and collaborative problem solving to understand rival beliefs about higher education’s role in society and ways that engagement leaders might bring together diverse constituents to serve the public good.

Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network (OEPN) Workshop

September 9
1:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)

Fee: $25

Exploring Positive Developments in Engagement

Join the Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network (OEPN) for a virtual pre-conference workshop that will connect you with other outreach and engagement professionals. You will learn from one another and collaboratively identify strategies to be more effective leaders and change-makers in our field — to the benefit your institution and communities. 

Learn more on the OEPN website

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW)    

September 7–9
Presentations: 3:00–4:30 p.m. (ET)
Mentoring sessions (small breakout groups): 5:00–6:00 p.m. (ET)

This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community-engaged scholarship. Participation in the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW) is limited and interested applicants must be nominated to be considered for this workshop.

Learn more and apply at the EESW website

Pre-College Programming Workshop

September 8–9
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (ET)

Fee: $130

The 6th National Pre-College and Youth Programming Workshop will take place during the Engagement Scholarship Consortium pre-conference sessions. For two days, attendees of the Pre-College Programming Workshop will connect, collaborate, and explore best practices with other pre-college programs across the nation.  

Who should attend:

  • Postsecondary education administrators, faculty, and staff and graduate students 
  • Program directors and coordinators (GEAR UP, Upward Bound, Trios, and similar programs)
  • Pre-college offices, or similar programs within higher education settings
  • K–12 teachers, counselors, and administrators
  • Community representatives interested in the role of pre-college and youth development programs at institutions of higher education

Workshop: Assessing Your Pre-College Programming Operation

This hands-on workshop will guide you through a self-assessment of your pre-college programming operations. Using 25 dimensions that were created in 2018–2019, this two-part working session will feature guidance and facilitation using a brand new workbook so you can reflect on your own self-study while creating an action plan and prioritizing your next steps as you advance your pre-college programming experience. This session will be relevant to newly established operations and long-standing pre-college units. 

Additional presentations include:

  • Pre-College Programming in Higher Education
  • Youth Safety on College Campuses
  • Diversity Equity & Inclusion in Pre-College Programming
  • Community Programs & Connections
  • Evaluation – Data & Metrics