Concurrent Session 2

Sunday, October 2, 2011
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Symposium 4: Cultural Contexts for Community Based Research Room: 104

This session is convened by Gordon Henry, Michigan State University.

Frederick Leong, Michigan State University; Francisco Villarruel, Michigan State University; Carl Taylor, Michigan State University

This symposium will focus on issues related to doing research and scholarly activities with individuals from various ethno-racial populations. Often this community-engaged scholarship involves working with individuals, families, or systems around issues of social-economic inequities as well as ethno-racial inequities. Presenters will discuss work with African American, Latino American, Asian American, and American Indian communities, and then engage in a facilitated discussion with the audience about the cultural context of community work. Attendees can expect to leave the symposium with concrete ideas for working more effectively with diverse populations.

Symposium 5: Technology for Engagement with High School STEM Students and Teachers Room: 103

This session is convened by Katy Campbell, University of Alberta.

Lynn Sametz, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Felicia Chong, Michigan Technological; Brittany Collier- Gibson, Ohio State University-Lima; Jason D. Lee, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)

Three projects funded by NSF's Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) show differing approaches to using technology to prepare students for the STEM workforce by providing students with hands-on experiences with new technology, facilitating project collaboration by students in different schools, and supporting teacher professional development communities.

Symposium 6: Arts, Culture and Community Action Room: 105

This session is convened by C. Kurt Dewhurst, Michigan State University.

Living Reciprocity: Harnessing individual power to sustain partnerships

Eric Malm, Cabrini College; Stephen Eberle, Cabrini College; Melissa Terlecki, Cabrini College; David Dunbar, Cabrini College

Extending the notion of reciprocity to ALL participants involved in projects can strengthen and sustain partnerships. Using two partnerships and an integrative model that highlights power relationships and motivational forces, we illustrate how infusing reciprocity among all participants allows partnerships to flourish. Participants reflect on reciprocity on their campuses.

Community Culture Fest: Building Communities Through Cultural Appreciation

Brice Miller, University of Alabama; Whitney Jones, University of Alabama; Chris Hall, Tuscaloosa Housing Authority

Developing proven strategies that showcase the community's cultural wealth while strengthening ties between the university and its neighbors, the University of Alabama's Division of Community Affairs adopted some of the principles from the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce's Culture Builds initiative to host the first Community Culture Fest in 2008.The Culture Fest attracted 15,000 attendees for a day devoted to cultural diversity in music, art, dance, and other forms of cultural expression. Using collaborative partnerships methodology, Culture Fest recognizes the imperative of community grassroots empowerment and reciprocity as key elements for meaningful community and scholarly engagement devoted to cultural diversity in music, art, dance, and other forms of cultural expression.

Launching Engagement with the Community Arts Café

Mary Leuci, University of Missouri-Columbia; Shelley Bush Rowe, University of Missouri; Suzanne Burgoyne, University of Missouri-Columbia

Learn how University of Missouri Extension launched an effort to broaden engagement of campus faculty to work collaboratively with communities on a Community Arts Café that brought together campus leaders, professors from the various arts, local and campus extension specialists and leaders, and community leaders and organizations.

Workshop 6: The University as Network Weaver Room: Heritage

This session is convened by Janet Conner, Pennsylvania State University.

Scott Hutcheson, Purdue Center for Regional Development

The university can play a key role in creating networks that can accelerate economic growth and further enhance quality of life. This workshop presents three case studies — local, regional, and statewide networks developed by Purdue University, and provides a model that can be used by other universities.

Workshop 7: Pervasive and Deep: University Structures and Paradigms to Enhance Engagement Room: 101

This session is convened by Fay Fletcher, University of Alberta.

Jay W Brandenberger, University of Notre Dame; James Frabutt, University of Notre Dame; Stuart Greene, University of Notre Dame

Fostering engagement that is both pervasive and deep is a goal for many. What are the best university-wide structures, forms of coordination and assessment to support such objectives? We will address such questions, drawing on analyses of national trends and recent research and strategic planning at the University of Notre Dame.

Workshop 8: Promoting Utilization of Evaluation Findings: Lessons from a Statewide Evaluation Room: 106

This session is convened by Bridget Julian, Colorado State University.

Pennie G. Foster-Fishman, Michigan State University; Joan Blough, Early Childhood Investment Corporation; Alissa Parks, Early Childhood Investment Corporation; Charles Collins, Michigan State University; Mara Stein, Michigan State University; Kalli Decker, Michigan State University

University/community collaborations often intersect around evaluation. Yet, even the most collaborative of partnerships struggle to promote effective utilization of evaluation findings. This presentation describes the successes and lessons learned in one partnership that adopted an action learning approach to feedback with 54 early childhood collaboratives and coalitions in one state.

Workshop 9: Building 21st Century Resilience Through Creative Engagement and Technology Room: Riverside

This session is convened by Paul H. Matthews, University of Georgia.

Theresa M. Bernardo, Michigan State University; Mark V. Sullivan, Michigan State University; Bill Hart-Davidson, Michigan State University; Dean Rehberger, Michigan State University

Thriving communities that are resilient in terms of social, environmental and economic health will require 21st Century approaches and technologies that supersede those of the industrial age. Creativity and the creative use of new, open technologies that encourage engagement of all sectors of society will be necessary for success.

Poster Symposium 2: Student Engagement Room: Michigamme

This session is convened by Burton A. Bargerstock, Michigan State University.

Overseas Service-Learning Projects: Bridging Local and International Communities

Anna Helm, George Washington University

This presentation explores the potential of international service-learning in the arena of green business. The presenter will highlight creative strategies for how to mitigate the geographic distance between community partners abroad and the local context of home institutions to which students contribute ideas and best practices from overseas.

Reflections on Graduate Community Engagement

Antonio Vasquez, Michigan State University

The presentation will highlight, from a doctoral student perspective, the importance of including a mentored community engagement experience as part of graduate studies. The presentation will connect a prior mentored experience with the scholarship of engagement and offer key lessons learned in the process. All are welcome, especially graduate students.

Service-Learning/Civic Engagement at a Large University: Linking Quality with Quantity

Nicole C. Springer, Michigan State University; Karen McKnight Casey, Michigan State University

Michigan State University has the unique privilege and challenge of working with a large student body and adequately preparing them for service. Evidence suggests that the group orientation model enhances preparation and expedites connecting students to community. This presentation will focus on the data from this design and implementation structure.

A collaborative learning approach for community-based research Through service-learning

Jacob du Plessis, Stellenbosch University; Antoinette R Smith-Tolken, Stellenbosch University

The presentation focuses on the importance of collaborative learning involving students, academics, and service agency staff who actively participate in a community-based research project in community sociology. The research agenda is determined by agencies, and students obtain competency in research skills, resulting in a mutually beneficial outcome for both groups.

Undergraduates From Underrepresented Groups Engaging Living and Historical Communities

George Daniels, University of Alabama; Thomas Potter, University of Alabama; Isabella Morales, University of Alabama; Yolanda Barnes, University of Alabama; Lisa Elizonda, University of Alabama

The scholarship of engagement can be generated with research involving subjects from the past and present. This presentation showcases four undergraduates' work in a variety of academic disciplines as evidence of their embracing the concept of community-based research.

Undergraduates Considering the Community in Cancer and Health Research

Heather Pleasants, University of Alabama; Jasmin Bush, University of Alabama; Emberly Jay, University of Alabama

When it comes to evidence of engagement scholarship, the involvement of undergraduate students in such research is a sure sign the campus "gets it." This presentation showcases three such undergraduate projects where juniors and seniors are learning about positioning the community partner as a central component of translational research.

Designing and Implementing an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Community-Based Research Course)

Patrice Mettauer, University of New Hampshire at Manchester; Alison Kolbe Paglia, University of New Hampshire at Manchester

Interdisciplinary faculty designed and implemented the pilot project of an interdisciplinary undergraduate community-based research course. Join us to hear about students' assessment of the development of their research skills in this authentic learning experience, working across the disciplines, providing "usable" results to our community partner, the YWCA, and future plans.