March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Wednesday, March 6 • 2:15pm - 3:25pm
Building Collaboration and Partnership through Community-Based Research Projects

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LMU has implemented an Engaged Learning requirement into our core curriculum, which means that all LMU students take a course where their educational work applies to a real world issue. Faculty members, however, struggle with creating meaningful projects within their classes that benefit both community organizations and students. Our session will address how LMU faculty are collaborating with one community organization, Women Organizing for Justice and Opportunity (WOJO) to develop a fruitful partnership where students’ work help meet its organizational needs. WOJO is part of A New Way of Life (ANWOL) Women’s reentry program that supports women who are returning into their communities after incarceration. Over the past year, faculty at LMU and members of WOJO have met together to identify strategies for collaboration such that our courses could support their work. Our session will share how our collaborative work across multiple courses is developing to support WOJO, while also meeting LMU’s goal of being an engaged campus. Additionally, we will describe our engagement process, highlight the lessons learned, and identify next steps for this collaboration.


Deanna Cooke

Director of Engaged Learning Clinical Asst. Professor, Loyola Marymount University

Tiffany Johnson

Co-Director, A New Way of Life Reentry Program
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Anna Muraco

Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University

Kyra Pearson

Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University

Wednesday March 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:25pm PST