ERCC 2015 Pre-conference Institutes

HALF-DAY PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTES: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

The Culture of the Democratically Engaged Campus
Matthew Hartley, University of Pennsylvania; John Saltmarsh, University of Massachusetts; and Laurie Worrall, New York Campus Compact
Creating a campus culture that fosters democratic community engagement requires institutions to transform their fundamental core practices. What does it take to shift an institutional culture to embrace community engagement practices? Through case studies, this institute will make the case that targeting strategic practices, institutional structures, and moments in history can help create the engaged institution. Participants and facilitators will reflect on case studies that have emerged from extensive national research and explore the examples of two different institutions – one public, one private – to understand the critical areas of practice that can lead to cultural transformation. This institute is valuable for participants interested in advancing the practice of democratic community engagement on their campuses.

Implementing A Collective Impact Model to Transform a Community (field-based experience)
Todd Clear, Rutgers University-Newark, and Diane Hill, Rutgers University-Newark
This field based pre-conference experience will allow participants to see an example of where collective impact is taking place in Newark. Success is being achieved in the Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood, but it requires capitalizing on stakeholders’ talents and expertise as well as employing the Appreciative Inquiry model to support full participation and commitment/investment from residents and other community stakeholders. Equally important is engendering institutional support and commitment that enables effective utilization of resources. This session will highlight key strategies that were used to implement this model as well as feature stakeholders involved in the process. This is a field based experience where participants will tour the local community and visit related organizations and site.

The Principles and Possibility of Collective Impact
Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Michigan College Access Network
The purpose of this Institute is to provide an orientation to Collective Impact. Bliss will discuss the differences between Collective Impact and collaboration; will provide examples of how and why Collective Impact is worth the effort; and will dig into his experience with higher education to explore the possibility and pitfalls of Collective Impact in community engagement.

Designing and Delivering a Service-Learning Course
Dwight Giles, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Matthew Roy, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
This pre-conference activity is designed to show participants how to develop a service-learning class or service-learning faculty fellows program at your school, college, or university. Participants will be ushered through a six-module course which provides teachers, at all levels, the tools to incorporate service-learning into their classes. Each module is designed to build upon the others and provides participants with hands on exercises and readings that enhance the modules. You will learn how to design a service-learning course that maximizes the learning experiences for students, addresses a community issue, while providing an avenue for collaborative research. Upon completion of this series, your service-learning class will be designed. Participants will also learn how to use this series in a cohort model to develop a faculty service-learning fellows program at their school, college, or university.