March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 10:00am - 11:10am
Building Competency & Exploring Diverse Pathways to Community Engaged Careers

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In order to address complex issues and move toward a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable future, we need skilled and well-prepared civic engagement leaders and professionals. Have you ever wondered "How did that person get that position? What do I need to do to get that kind of job?" Our session will focus on conversation with a panel of community engagement professionals at different places in their careers, gleaning their thoughts on how to build a career in the higher education civic and community engagement field. In talking about our their career paths, presenters will discuss the competencies they developed in particular areas that are being covered by Campus Compact's new credential program for community engagement professionals. Each presenter will offer practical advice and share experiences, and time will be available for session attendees to ask tons of questions of the presenters. Come find out how to build your career and competency as a community and civic engagement professional.

Additional Information:
In choosing panelists for this session, we were intentional about bringing together practitioners from diverse backgrounds, each entering the field of “community engagement” from a unique trajectory. Each presenter will reflect on how their own positionality (as it relates to race, culture, class, gender, sexuality, professional status, etc.) has afforded them both opportunities and challenges as higher education community engagement professionals, and how they have negotiated questions of power, privilege, and difference in their collaborative work with partners both on and off campus. We will also ask them to explore the critical and ethical commitments that inspire them and whether (or to what extent) they have been able to root these commitments in their professional work and the activities they facilitate. Through these presentations and the Q&A that follows, we hope to be able to highlight that getting a job in the field does not require that one fit a particular mold, but rather that many ways of being and knowing bring individuals into the field and allow them to be effective in their roles advancing campus/community partnerships and democratic engagement. In fact, we will suggest that it is the diversity of experience and knowledges that make the entire field stronger.

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Heather Browning

Program Director, Emerson Fellowship: Transforming Dialogue into Action, Stanford University
Heather O. Browning is an educator and thought leader with over 10 years of experience in roles related to institutional diversity and inclusion within higher education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from California State University, Long Beach, and Master... Read More →
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Clayton Hurd

Director, Professional Learning, Campus Compact
I'm a cultural anthropologist and public scholar with over 20 years experience developing and facilitating community-engaged learning and research programs at a range of higher education institutions. My areas of practice include faculty development, institutionalization of community... Read More →

Pilar Pacheco

Center Director, CSU Channel Islands

Andrea Tully

Community Engagement & Project Coordinator, San José State University Center for Community Learning & Leadership

Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:10am PST