March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Wednesday, March 6 • 8:30am - 1:00pm
A Focus on Place: A New Paradigm for Community Engagement in Higher Education

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Overview: We live in challenging and changing times. Major disruptions in our economic, social and political structures have led to questions about the purpose and meaning of many of our institutions including our colleges and universities. Perhaps more than ever universities and communities need each other to address the challenges we face. Unfortunately, our traditional approaches to community engagement in higher education, while having many strong merits, are not fully capable of responding to the enormity of the challenges we face.  

The emerging model of place-based community engagement offers universities a powerful strategy to attain greater impact in their local communities and also on their campuses. 

This interactive workshops will draw upon lessons learned from a new book Place-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education to present the benefits and challenges of this emerging approach to connecting campus and community.  The session will include a discussion with several leaders of place-based efforts and a practical hands-on exploration of how an institution and its community might further pursue the place-based paradigm. The workshop will particularly explore how focusing on a geographic area shifts the balance of engagement towards an equal emphasis on campus and community impact and also invites a much deeper exploration of issues of power, privilege and race.

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Karin Cotterman

Director of Engage San Francisco, University of San Francisco
Karin Cotterman directs Engage San Francisco, an intentional, systematic and transformative university-community initiative focused on achieving community-identified outcomes supporting children, youth and families in the Western Addition through student learning, research and teaching... Read More →
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Kent Koth

Executive Director, Seattle University Center for Community Engagement
Kent Koth is the founding director of the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement. Through this role Kent leads the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a long-term commitment by Seattle University faculty, staff and students from all disciplines to join with parents, the... Read More →
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John Loggins

Director of Community Engaged Learning, University of San Diego
John Loggins the Director of Community Engaged Learning in the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action at the University of San Diego. John works collaboratively as part of a team responsible for ensuring that USD is a global and national leader as... Read More →

Jennifer Pigza, Ph.D.

Director, Saint Mary's College of California

Erica Yamamura

Program Director and Associate Professor, Student Development Administration, Seattle University

Wednesday March 6, 2019 8:30am - 1:00pm PST