Outreach and Community Engagement Staff Network

2015 Outreach and Engagement Staff Workshop

A Preconference workshop sponsored by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

September 27-28, 2015
State College, Pennsylvania

Offered in conjunction with the 2015 Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference, the Outreach and Engagement Staff Workshop will be held from Sunday, September 27th (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) through Monday, September 28th (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), 2015 at Pennsylvania State Univesity.

Who Should Attend

The Outreach and Engagement Staff Workshop (OESW) is designed for university staff and non-tenure-track faculty members who, in roles distinct from those of tenure-track faculty, facilitate, manage, direct, and administrate ongoing projects, programs, services, research, and relationships with community partners. These professionals span the boundaries between campus and community and have an emerging professional identity and a unique set of strengths and challenges that will be addressed in this workshop. Because of the overlap in roles, skills, and values, "boundary spanners" who facilitate community-university partnerships on behalf of community organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend.

2015 Theme

From Theory to Practice: Community-University Engagement through a Critical Lens
By examining our role as boundary spanners through a critical lens, we can identify ways in which we can improve our practice, our building of partnerships, and our ability to promote equitable social problem solving. Through this session we look to unpack power relationships, differences between equality and equity, social justice imperatives (our comfort or discomfort with this approach), and the role institutions can play in responding to community needs, all in the context of reciprocal community-university partnerships.  Organized and led by peer practitioners, the workshop will offer a variety of activities and content on this theme.

OESW Purpose

  • Engage participants in exploring the common roles, skills, and values of successful community-university boundary spanners;
  • Deliver tools and resources for addressing key challenges;
  • Provide a venue for practitioners to establish visibility and a voice in the field of community-university partnerships; and
  • Strengthen interpersonal and intercampus engagement networks to support learning, resource sharing, problem solving, innovation, and collaboration.

To learn more about the OESW or the national practitioner network, contact OESW Logistics Co-Chairs Katherine Loving at kaloving@uhs.wisc.edu or (608) 263-5714, or Susan Erickson at susaneri@iastate.edu or (515) 294-1790.