Pre-Conference Sessions

Half-day Pre-conference Sessions: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Publicly Engaged Scholars
Nicholas Longo, Professor, Public & Community Service Studies, Providence College
Margaret Post, Visiting Scholar at NERCHE and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Dartmouth College

This half-day workshop will examine the “next generation” of engagement in higher education beginning with the stories of participants through the lens of publicly engaged scholarship, and how our stories fit with larger trends in higher education.  The workshop will then focus on using these experiences to develop strategies for better supporting engaged scholarship on campuses.

Collective Impact and Higher Education: Three Case Studies
Crystal Vera-Montalvo, 30,000 Degrees: College Readiness for a Stronger Staten Island
David L. Levinson, President, Norwalk Community College
Hannah Stewart-Gambino, Director, Lehigh Valley Research Consortium

This pre-conference session follows up on the Collective Impact theme around which the ERCC 2015 conference was organized. This session features three concrete examples of how higher education has adapted the collective impact framework to respond to local communities:
Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC) brings together faculty from six comprehensive and two community college institutions in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC).  The LVRC’s mission is to provide independent, reliable data collection and analysis in service to the health and well-being of the region. Included in LVAIC’s work is a new three-part series of community Data Citizenship workshops designed to strengthen organizations’ in-house data and research capacities within a broader Collective Impact framework.

30,000 Degrees, Staten Island: The Presidents of Wagner College, the College of Staten Island/CUNY, and the Vice Provost of St. John’s University/Staten Island Campus have created a shared vision for supporting increasing the number of Staten Island residents who hold Bachelor’s degrees. These institutions have partnered with four local high schools, to align existing community-based research and student civic engagement experiences along the P-16 pipeline toward one measurable goal: an additional 30,000 degree graduates by the year 2025.

Norwalk ACTS, CT: Having adopted the principles of Collective Impact and the StriveTogether methodology for building cradle to career civic infrastructure, the Norwalk ACTS Membership is helping the community build an integrated system to address the academic, social/emotional and health/wellness needs of Norwalk’s children. Norwalk ACTS convenes community leaders and members around data and community level outcomes, in order to make decisions and drive actions that will have a measurable and positive impact on the lives of all of Norwalk’s children.

Full-day Pre-conference Sessions: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Assessing and Enacting a Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity on College and University Campuses
Alane Shanks, Visiting Scholar, NERCHE
Jenene Cook, Research Assistant, NERCHE, University of Massachusetts Boston

Using the NERCHE Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education, participants will examine a tool designed to encourage assessment and thoughtful dialogue on campuses about these critical issues facing higher education.   Examples will be shared to demonstrate how the rubric facilitates an assessment and ways to strengthen institutional structures, policies, and practices around diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.  Participants will have time to workshop within institutional team and with teams from other campuses to explore ways to use the NERCHE Rubric on your campus.  This Pre-con will focus on emerging practices, strategies for engaging campus leaders, and practical ways to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion on campuses.

Equity-centered Community Engagement Professionals
Lina Dostilio, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement Centers, University of Pittsburgh
Diane Doberneck, Assistant Director, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement
Patrick Green, Founding Director of the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL), Loyola University Chicago
Tracy Dace, Assistant Professor, Parkland College

Community Engagement Professionals (CEPs) are those individuals who are responsible for supporting the faculty, students, community partners, and institutions involved in community-campus engagement. This pre-conference workshop will convene the architects of four efforts to raise the visibility, clarify the characteristics, build the scholarly capacity, and build community amongst those who do CEP work. These efforts include the Michigan State graduate student certificate program, IARSLCE’s Practioner Scholar Forum, CEP Competency Model development under Campus Compact, and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network. The four facilitators will share how each of their efforts prioritize and attend to the concepts of equity, inclusion, and critical consciousness within CEP work. Participants will trace how their own understanding of equity has been developed and is evident within their work and then dream together about what a community of practice around equity-centered work might look like for CEPs near and far. We will identify the experiences, conversations, readings, and activities necessary to build an equity-centered approach to CEP work.