UMass Boston To Build on Partnerships at 3rd Annual Symposium

Colleen Locke | March 28, 2014
UMass Boston To Build on Partnerships at 3rd Annual Symposium

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Engaging with people, talking with people, seeing what was going on, was a great experience.

Community-Engaged Partnership Symposium to be Held on Wednesday, April 2

Allie Scherer had never been to a university poster session before attending the Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium at the University of Massachusetts Boston. But she quickly learned the benefits of exposure to some of the hundreds of partnerships in which the university is involved.

“Engaging with people, talking with people, seeing what was going on, was a great experience,” said Scherer, a master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling Program. Scherer attended the 2013 symposium to present a poster showcasing a partnership between UMass Boston and Boston Scholar Athletes.

This year’s event includes more than 90 posters showcasing projects in the areas of teaching, research, and service; a plenary session analyzing UMass Boston’s partnerships; and breakout sessions on existing partnerships, different university models, and opportunities for growth. It starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, in UMass Boston’s Campus Center.

“This is an excellent opportunity to learn about existing efforts, make new connections, and build stronger collaborations,” says Luciano Ramos, director of the Office of Community Partnerships, which is organizing the event.

The breakout sessions cover a diverse range of topics. One of the morning sessions is an in-depth exploration of the partnerships between UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy and Thrive in 5 Boston, and between the Sociology Department and Teen Empowerment. Both UMass Boston groups are assisting with the evaluation of their partner’s effectiveness.

The other morning session looks at another university model for civic engagement, while the afternoon breakout sessions cover resources available through the UMass system and provide an opportunity to guide the university’s plan for future growth and collaborations in the areas of economic and community development.

The Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) documented 350 UMass Boston partnerships in its first two years. At the plenary session, attendees will hear an updated number as the panelists discuss the benefits and impacts of university community partnerships. Chancellor J. Keith Motley, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston Langley, and Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Charles Desmond are serving on the panel. Desmond is also the vice chair of UMass Boston’s Board of Visitors.

All of UMass Boston’s 11 colleges will be represented at the noon poster session, which will feature an emphasis on new partnerships and partnership growth.

The Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium is a collaborative effort between the Office of the Provost and the Division of Government Relations and Public Affairs.

Visit the OCP website to see the day’s schedule and to register for the free event.

About UMass Boston
Recognized for its innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit

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