March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego

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Equity and Social Justice [clear filter]
Wednesday, March 6

2:15pm PST

Building Collaboration and Partnership through Community-Based Research Projects
LMU has implemented an Engaged Learning requirement into our core curriculum, which means that all LMU students take a course where their educational work applies to a real world issue. Faculty members, however, struggle with creating meaningful projects within their classes that benefit both community organizations and students. Our session will address how LMU faculty are collaborating with one community organization, Women Organizing for Justice and Opportunity (WOJO) to develop a fruitful partnership where students’ work help meet its organizational needs. WOJO is part of A New Way of Life (ANWOL) Women’s reentry program that supports women who are returning into their communities after incarceration. Over the past year, faculty at LMU and members of WOJO have met together to identify strategies for collaboration such that our courses could support their work. Our session will share how our collaborative work across multiple courses is developing to support WOJO, while also meeting LMU’s goal of being an engaged campus. Additionally, we will describe our engagement process, highlight the lessons learned, and identify next steps for this collaboration.


Deanna Cooke

Director of Engaged Learning Clinical Asst. Professor, Loyola Marymount University

Tiffany Johnson

Co-Director, A New Way of Life Reentry Program
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Anna Muraco

Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University

Kyra Pearson

Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University

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

10:00am PST

Epistemic Justice and the Power of Stories in Transforming Community Engagement
A learning community of diverse community engagement stakeholders will explore Dr. Miranda Fricker’s (2007) philosophical framework of epistemic justice/injustice through the lens of lived experience and contemporary scholarship, and discuss implications for transforming community-engaged work. This session builds on conversations from a preconference at the July 2018 IARSLCE Conference, and integrates a dynamic body of resources and discourses curated by facilitators for participants to apply in their professional contexts. The purpose is to integrate epistemic justice as a framework for the community engagement field to achieve just, inclusive, equitable social transformation Primary outcomes are: Build knowledge of epistemic justice/injustice as a philosophical framework Analyze how epistemic injustice shapes community engagement Develop action plan for disrupting epistemic injustice Participants will learn about the defining elements of epistemic justice/injustice, discover the potential epistemic and ethical repercussions of injustice for individuals and community through participation in a story circle, and discuss how to promote epistemic justice in community engagement endeavors in areas of examination that emerge from common themes in our shared stories. We aim to foster ongoing dialogue that will produce insights, interventions, and strategies for participants to use in their respective contexts to promote a culture and practice of epistemic justice.  

Materials and slides: https://epistemicjusticeiarslce2018.wordpress.com/


Adam Bush

Founding Provost, College Unbound
Adam Bush is the founding Provost of College Unbound; a degree completion college working with both inside and outside carceral spaces of Rhode Island to ensure all adult learners have access to a Bachelor's degree pathway that values them as scholar-practitioners and is embedded... Read More →
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Star Plaxton-Moore

Director of Community-Engaged Learning, University of San Francisco
Star specializes in working with faculty to integrate community-engaged pedagogy into their courses, and plays a critical role in shaping institutional discourse, practices, and policies related to community-engaged program design and assessment, community partnerships, and faculty... Read More →
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Chris Nayve

Senior Research Associate, University of San Diego
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John Saltmarsh

Professor of Higher Education, Department of Leadership in Education, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston
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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 →

Linda Caballero Sotelo

Executive Director, New Americans Museum
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James Lin

Senior Director of Mission and Spirituality, GLIDE Foundation/Glide Memorial Church
I'm a native Californian who lived half of my life in other places. Some of the things I've been involved with: directing the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, helping found the Chinese UNTraining (a group working on internalized oppression in progressive Chinese communities... Read More →

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

11:30am PST

What Do We Mean by “Civic Engagement”? Conceptualizing a Critical Approach to Democratic Practice
Presently, there are many calls for higher education to once again be the incubator of democratic practice, particularly given widespread concern about the continuing disengagement of young people from electoral politics. Due to the divisive nature of our national conversations surrounding public policy, those on campus have regularly turned to community service as both a cure for democratic malaise, as well as a means to build bridges for greater social unity. However, given the entrenched nature of inequality within our societal structures, any emerging agenda around the growth of democratic practice cannot exist at the expense of working toward greater social justice. This session will engage attendees in a conversation about how we conceptualize what it means to be civically engaged. The facilitator will draw upon his experience teaching a course on critical civic engagement, which includes an examination of the systemic causes of inequality, as well as what informs our perspectives of how to address it. Colleagues will discuss the need for identity exploration within civic work, how we engage with community organizations who may be unintentionally perpetuating the status quo, and how we develop our students’ critical consciousness as a function of democratic practice.

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Douglas Barrera

Associate Director, UCLA Center for Community Learning
Doug Barrera directs the Civic Engagement minor and the Astin Civic Engagement Research program, teaches classes in the Civic Engagement subject area, manages AmeriCorps programs, and conducts research and assessment for the UCLA Center for Community Learning. Doug is currently exploring... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm PST
KIPJ 220