March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 11:30am - 12:40pm
Race and Community Engagement: Building Our Capacity to Listen, Reflect, Discuss and Act

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Through this session we hope to further the conversation about race in the field of community engagement and allow for two separate and simultaneous spaces where colleagues can reflect on how race impacts them personally, interpersonally and institutionally. One space will be for white identified participants, facilitated by white facilitators (Koth and Cotterman). One space will be for POC, facilitated by POC (Nondabula and Loggins). Ideally, the spaces will run concurrently and be near each other at the conference site. The goal of the white identified group is to engage with white identified colleagues in a process around understanding how race and racism impacts them, and their work in the field of community engagement. We will explore how frequently white dominant culture negatively impacts our work and our ability to be positive agents of change. The goal of the POC group is to engage with POC colleagues to uplift ways of knowing and being that are largely overlooked and unappreciated in the field of community engagement. Through storytelling, reflecting, and learning we will challenge and better equip ourselves to use community engagement as a tool to combat racism and lift up visions and practices that foster racial equity.

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Karin Cotterman

Director of Engage San Francisco, University of San Francisco
Karin Cotterman directs Engage San Francisco, an intentional, systematic and transformative university-community initiative focused on achieving community-identified outcomes supporting children, youth and families in the Western Addition through student learning, research and teaching... Read More →
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Kent Koth

Executive Director, Seattle University Center for Community Engagement
Kent Koth is the founding director of the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement. Through this role Kent leads the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a long-term commitment by Seattle University faculty, staff and students from all disciplines to join with parents, the... Read More →
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John Loggins

Director of Community Engaged Learning, University of San Diego
John Loggins the Director of Community Engaged Learning in the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action at the University of San Diego. John works collaboratively as part of a team responsible for ensuring that USD is a global and national leader as... Read More →
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Nolizwe Nondabula

Associate Director, Engage San Francisco, University of San Francisco
Nolizwe (they/them) joined the McCarthy Center team in 2016 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships for Engage San Francisco. They additionally sit on the steering committee of the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), a project fiscally sponsored... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm PST