March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego

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Anchor and Place-Based Institution Initiatives [clear filter]
Wednesday, March 6

2:15pm PST

When the Firestorm Transforms: Becoming the Community Partner
This interactive discussion session explores how crisis compels the crossing of borders and lessons for when there is no crisis. In 2017, the Tubbs fire, which grew to be the most destructive in CA history, burned through several neighborhoods in the Sonoma County seat of Santa Rosa and came within 3 miles of the Sonoma State campus. It destroyed the homes of our president, hundreds of employees, students, and community partners. Overnight, the university changed from being a service provider to being a recipient of service. The arbitrary and false barriers between “the University” and “the community” evaporated during the crisis. The fires didn’t respect the borders of the campus, the county, or city lines. Our interconnectedness with each other and with our natural and man-made surroundings was apparent. An ethic of care brought all of us together and no conversation began without authentic check-ins for months. It became clear that while the fire doesn't discriminate based on race, ethnicity, or income, power, privilege, and positionality mattered in the aftermath. Listening, acknowledging, and respecting voices or conversations that have been and are marginalized became the primary way to support healing while simultaneously, more academic approaches sprung up.

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Merith Weisman

Director of Community Engagement & Strategic Initiatives, Sonoma State University

Wednesday March 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:25pm PST
Thursday, March 7

10:00am PST

How the Rural American Digital Lab Dissolved Borders in Eastern Washington
During June 2018, two dozen students from Heritage University in Toppenish (WA) and Whitman College in Walla Walla (WA) participated in a unique new digital story-telling initiative called the Rural American Digital (RAD) Lab. With guidance from Seattle-based tech start-up, PopUpJustice, the student participants brought to light often-ignored or forgotten stories of the non-urban part of their state. During the four weeks of the project, members of the cohort spent time on both campuses, enjoyed broad exposure to faculty and staff from both institutions, and worked together to create digital stories about their place, culminating with a June 28 public screening and reception in Walla Walla that filled a 100-seat auditorium and garnered significant media coverage as well as opened future opportunities for the students to share their stories with high profile audiences. At the end of the month the planning team gathered extensive feedback. During our workshop, we will tell the story of this pilot program and reflect on lessons learned. We will also share future aspirations for this collaboration. Session attendees will be invited to think about whether their institutions are able to help spotlight the often overlooked stories of their communities through creative partnerships like this one.


Kimberly Bellamy-Thompson

Asst Professor, Heritage University
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Lindsay Brown

Director of Student Life, Heritage University
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Noah Leavitt

Director of the Student Engagement Center, Whitman College
liberal arts!

Aurora Martin

Founder, popUPjustice
Aurora served up justice for nearly 20 years in legal aid as a public interest lawyer who grew up from intern to executive director at Columbia Legal Services. During her tenure, she led Columbia's transformation to become a creative social justice advocacy organization with a mission... Read More →

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

2:30pm PST

How to Build Safe Colleges and Universities for Our Undocumented Communities
The purpose of this session is to provide participants with the knowledge necessary to create resources to support undocumented students on their campuses. Based off a model implemented by the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers in the Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento, California --we highlight how an UndocuAlly program can not only create a safer campus by improving awareness and shifting pedagogical approaches on campus, but can also serve as an important resource for developing and sustaining community partnerships with local schools, school districts, and non-profits. Learning Objectives include: 1) To provide an overview of a research driven UndocuAlly training 2) To develop an understanding of the mental health and well being as it relates to undocumented communities' experiences. 3) To create action plans for creating programs and trainings to support undocumented students and their families on participants' campuses. 4) To highlight potential areas for mutually beneficial institutional partnerships.

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Sandra Guzmán

Counselor, Sacramento City College
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Belinda Lum

Professor of Sociology, Sacramento City College
Dr. Lum is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Division of Social Sciences at Sacramento City College and a current executive board member of the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California. Her dissertation... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST
KIPJ 220

4:00pm PST

Community Engagement, Power, and Privilege in Makuleke, South Africa
The main goals of this presentation are to share what we have learned about designing and implementing a community engagement experience that is co-created with our South African partners in Makuleke Village and to have a conversation with others about the opportunities and challenges of this model. First, this session foucses on the creation of this community engagement experience. While it has evolved over the last seven years, it has always relied upon a partnership between USD, the non-profit Sharing to Learn, and a Makuleke-based student group called the Equalizers. We believe that there are important lessons to be learned from how these partnerships have developed and deepened over the years. Second, the Youth Leadership Workshop is co-created each year with our partners and has focused on a variety of specific issues. The Workshop itself provides an opportunity for the USD students and the Makuleke students to address issues of power and privilege through specific activities that address our unequal global power positions. And third, the presenters will discuss some of the failures they have experienced while doing this program in Makuleke and the ways in which they have sought to respond to these failures.

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Lisa Nunn, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego
I am a cultural sociologist who studies education and sexualities. In particular, I am interested in the ways that institutions shape our identities. I am an advocate of experiential learning for undergraduate students--and for everyone, actually.
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Mike Williams

Professor, University of San Diego
I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations and I specialize on African politics and development. I am also the Director of the Changemaker Hub at the University of San Diego. I am interested in promoting programs and experiences for students that... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST
Friday, March 8

9:30am PST

Community-Campus Coalitions for Change
Institutions of higher education have been described as anchor institutions in communities, providing opportunities for committed and sustained collaborations to address community and public issues. As partners in community engagement, it is incumbent on all of us to create space for sustained collaborative action toward common goals. In that context, staff from the Center for Civic Engagement at Washington State University will facilitate a community conversation about the role of community engagement in creating coalitions for change. As an introduction to the discussion, WSU staff will share examples and strategies from their own work to build and support successful collaborations including: Palouse Food Project, Palouse STEAM Coalition, Town-Gown Collaborative, Cougs Vote Coalition, and Palouse Health Network. This conversation will be framed around the following questions: • Why are coalitions emerging as critical vehicles for change? • What is the role of centers for community engagement in fostering effective coalitions? • How are community-campus coalitions created, supported, and sustained? Through this session, participants will: deepen their understanding of the critical importance of coalition building, collectively imagine the role of community engagement centers in creating space for coalition building, and determine strategies for creating sustainable coalitions to ensure lasting change in communities.

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Ryan Lazo

Community Partnerships Coordinator, Washington State University
Community partnerships, Community Partner Relationships, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Civic Engagement, Sustainability projects, Food Systems, Food Access, ... and backpacking.

Jessica Perone

Faculty Consultant, Washington State University

Friday March 8, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am PST
KIPJ 220

11:00am PST

Promoting Community-Based Research by Creating an Open Access Online Reviewed Volume
Community-Based Research (CBR) offers widely recognized benefits to students and to communities. While it can be a work of passion on the part of faculty, it requires great effort without formal or professional recognition. Finding ways to formally recognize and document CBR projects has the potential to increase the benefits to all participants, and thereby create incentives for increased applications of CBR. We present a campus-based project to create an open access annual reviewed digital volume for CBR reports (CBR@CSUCI) designed to recognize and publicize model CBR projects at our campus. Our workshop will describe the rationale for the initiative, and the steps that we have taken to realize it. Specifically, we address the following topics: Rationale for a CBR volume/repository; Finding institutional support on campus; Developing a review process (and specifying how it articulates with RTP processes); Recruiting editors and reviewers; Developing necessary guidelines and materials; Creating a call for submissions, and cultivating submissions; Developing an online system for submission, review, and publication; and Developing a long-term plan for expanding CBR capacity. The workshop will help participants to recognize the potential in such initiatives, and to provide specific tools for implementing it on their own campus.

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Leslie Abell

Professor, California State University, Channel Islands
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Dennis J. Downey

Professor, California State University, Channel Islands
Community-Based Research

Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:10pm PST
KIPJ 220