March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Picturing Community Engagement: What We Say Through Images and Stories and Why It Matters

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This interactive workshop draws on research by Donahue, Fenner, & Mitchell (2015) to explore the ways that photographs convey to a broad audience of students, faculty, and community partners what service learning “is and can be” and to challenge the narrow understanding of service, racialized patterns of helping, and charity orientations to service-learning that result. Communicating the equity and justice oriented aspirations of our field requires thought in choosing images and frames for stories. By examining images of service learning from university websites, we seek to spark critical conversations about identity, representation, strategy and inclusion that highlight gaps between our theory and our practice. Organizations working in and with community to tell stories have expertise to share and wisdom to inspire campuses about relationships that are reciprocal and justice-oriented. This workshop will briefly present the research referenced above. Attendees will analyze images from the study and practicing the method of “audiencing” to share their understanding of those images. We will share how a community partner shares stories visually and end with facilitated discussion of how practitioners can tell stories to challenge ideas about inequality and identity, and to expand the range of ways considered appropriate to address social problems.

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E’Rika Chambers

Executive Director, Collective Impact
E’rika Chambers is a dedicated advocate for youth development in the out of school time field. She has over 25+ years of experience working with youth. E’rika started her youth development work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of SF, where she learned to inspire & enable all young... Read More →

David Donahue

Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, University of San Francisco
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Leslie Lombre

Director, External Relations, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, University of San Francisco

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST