March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 4:00pm - 5:10pm
​Opening the Front Door: Aligning an Inclusive Mission by Examining Program Application Processes

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We contextualize a theoretical commitment to inclusivity as a process from articulating mission, investigating program practices, collecting and analyzing program data, and tackling aspects of program design that are taken for granted – applications. We offer a case study of how approaching how students applie for experiential programs as being pedagogical and how, as we determined the potential barriers for access in those processes, we were better able to create a vision for programming that foregrounded access and student development aligned with our center’s mission. The process involved strategic meetings to generate shared understandings and goals around access and inclusion with multiple institutional partners. Initial qualitative data analyses of applications propelled further conversations about their curricular and gateway role in our experiential programs. Further quantitative data analysis of program participants along with mission-centered conversations resulted in the development of a revised program vision and application materials with intentional design, and the development of curriculum for student leaders to foreground questions of access as they selected student-participants for programs they lead. After presentation of this case study, we will facilitate workshopping strategic program design and best practices in the application processes. Participants are encouraged to bring program application materials to workshop.

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Danika Brown

Director of Curriculum & Fellowships, Center for Civic Leadership at Rice University
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Morgan Kinney

Associate Director, Center for Civic Leadership, Rice University
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Caroline Quenemoen

Associate Dean of Students, Rice University
Caroline Quenemoen is Associate Dean of Undergraduates and Director of Inquiry Based Learning at Rice University. In this role she oversees the Center for Civic Leadership and the university’s new initiative in experiential inquiry and research. Previously, she served at Rice University... Read More →
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Alan Steinberg

Associate Director, Center for Civic Leadership at Rice University
Alan Steinberg is an Associate Director of Houston Programs and Partnerships at Rice University's Center for Civic Leadership (CCL). He leads the Houston Action Research Teams (HART) program where interdisciplinary groups of Rice University undergraduates work on evidence based research... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST