March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 11:30am - 12:40pm
Grounding Ourselves in Community: A Critical Practitioners Guide to Not Knowing (Everything)

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Recognizing complexity, contradictions, doubt in our own practice as service-learning faculty and program administrators, we seek ways to ground ourselves, students, and faculty equitably in the local community. For faculty, the paradigm shift from disciplinary expert to co-learner with students requires a surrender of the traditional academic “knowing”. Opening ourselves to learning and honoring community-based histories, contexts, strengths, and issues often runs counter to academic hierarchies and their role in perpetuating the status quo. Session participants will explore the presenters’ proposition that a critical approach to service-learning includes creating more space for faculty and students to critically reflect on our own identities, ideals, and implicit biases and cultivating dispositions that build capacity to authentically value and honor community voice, experience, and knowledge. We will share a series of frameworks from across and beyond the community engagement field that we integrate into faculty development and classes and an illustrative case study of faculty transformation. Participants will brainstorm how they might apply these frameworks in their own contexts: Positionality (Takacs, 2003), Cultural Humility (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998), Threads of Learning (Berling 2004), Critical Consciousness (Freire, 1970) , Accompaniment (Farmer, 2011), Othering/Belonging (powell, 2012), Asset Based Community Development (McKnight & Kretzmann, 1996).

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Julia van der Ryn

Executive Director, Center for University Partnerships and Community Engagement/Assist. Prof. Philosophy, Dominican University of California
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Lynn Sondag

Associate Professor, Department of Art, Art History, Design, Dominican University of California
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Emily S. Wu

Assistant Director of Community Outreach and Project Development, Service-Learning Program; Religion Faculty, Dominican University of California
Emily S. Wu is a transnational foodie, an avid traveler, and a scholar of Asian religions in the globalized world. She is always interested in crossing boundaries and exploring diverse perspectives.

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