Faculty, Staff Encouraged to Learn About, Strengthen Partnerships

Office of Communications | March 30, 2012
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First Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium to be Held April 5

At least 240 UMass Boston faculty and staff members have identified themselves as being part of a partnership with an external community organization. On Thursday, April 5, faculty and staff members will have a chance to share their involvement with community partnerships as part of the first annual Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium.

“We have long known that we are doing a lot in the community without truly understanding exactly what we are doing, the kind of impact we are having, or which communities we are working with. This is a first step in mapping out the work we do and will serve as a foundation for increasing internal and public knowledge of our efforts, strengthening existing partnerships between UMass Boston and the communities it impacts, and creating new collaborations to have an even greater and lasting impact,” says Director of Community Partnerships Luciano Ramos.

The day-long symposium is made up of a poster session, plenary session, and professional development workshops that will all take place in the Campus Center Ballroom. The workshops will cover service learning, global partnerships, and the planning of partnership activities. The 10:15 a.m. plenary session will be centered on how community-engaged partnerships involving research, scholarship, teaching, and service fit at UMass Boston.

“One of our goals as an office is to strengthen the existing partnerships between UMass Boston and the communities it impacts. The plenary session will help restart the conversation as far as the role that this plays, and to provide support for those currently in partnerships–to help them do it better. Our goal is to increase awareness of the partnerships on campus, and for faculty and staff members to leave, having made new contacts for future projects and future collaborations,” Ramos says.

Another key component of the day is the poster session, which starts at noon. More than 70 faculty and staff members have created posters on their partnership activities, which range from individual to larger, interdisciplinary efforts. The contributors were identified in part from the Office of Community Partnerships’ survey last year.

“The Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium is an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about the community partnerships our faculty and staff are already involved with, and will hopefully strengthen and inspire future collaborations. It also will provide a living illustration of how UMass Boston is fulfilling its urban mission and commitment to the community around us,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston Langley says.

For a schedule and to register for this free event, visit the Office of Community Partnerships’ website.

The UMass Boston Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium: Teaching, Research, Service is a collaborative effort by the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Division of Government Relations and Public Affairs.

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