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2012 Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium

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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.

This will be a university-wide event designed to advance and showcase community-engaged activities at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The symposium will offer professional development workshops as well as showcase the efforts and achievements of UMass Boston faculty and staff.



Schedule (all sessions will take place in the Campus Center)

9–10 a.m.

Session 1: Graduate Education, Publicly Engaged Scholarship, and the Next Generation of Community Engagement

This workshop will involve participants in a discussion of how graduate students and early career faculty are making connections between their research agendas, their teaching and learning, and community engagement. Resources regarding networks of publicly engaged graduate students nationally will be provided.

  • Presenters: John Saltmarsh, Co-Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), and Adam Bush, Director of Curriculum for College Unbound
  • Room: 3540

Session 2: Meeting Community and University Needs Through a Service-Learning Collaborative

This workshop will be a dialogue between the Service Learning Outreach Team members and faculty and staff interested in service learning. The Service Learning Outreach Team, under the Learn & Serve grant, is part of the UMass Boston Harbor Point Apartment Community Memorandum of Agreement and has been collaborating with faculty and staff to provide quality service-learning and community service opportunities for the past three years.

  • Presenters: Joan Arches, Associate Professor of Public and Community Services; Kimberly Bomba, Community Engagement Coordinator; Carol Chandler, Senior Lecturer of English; Nickki Pearce Dawes, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Jackie Lageson, Senior Lecturer of Sociology; Cheryl Nixon, Associate Professor of English; and Queenette Santos, Denney Center Unit Director.
  • Room: Ballroom A

Session 3: Lessons from Honduras

This workshop will share lessons learned from local, regional, and global partnerships that are improving health in Olancho, Honduras. It will also include a discussion of working with the Office of International and Transnational Affairs and explore participant ideas about securing OITA funding support for academic and service partnerships.

  • Presenters: Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, Assistant Professor in Nursing; and Hasan Bailey, Nursing Student
  • Room: 2540

10:15–11:45 a.m.

Plenary Session: Where do community-engaged partnerships (involving research/scholarship, teaching, and service) fit and how are they valued at UMass Boston?

This plenary discussion will explore the perception and practice of community-engaged partnerships that support teaching, research, and service at UMass Boston. The goal of this session is to begin a new conversation on the university’s community-engaged partnership activities that will help advance our collective efforts.

  • Panelists: Tricia Kress, Assistant Professor of Leadership in Education; Aminah Pilgrim, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies; Maureen Scully, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Professor in Management; Zong-Guo Xia, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Room: Ballroom A

Noon–1:45 p.m.

Poster Session: Community Engaged Partnerships at UMass Boston:

This is an opportunity for you to learn about the work of your colleagues, explore opportunities for collaboration, and network with your peers. More than 70 poster presentations will showcase UMass Boston community-engaged partnerships that enhance university teaching, research, and service while addressing community needs. Lunch will be served.

  • Rooms: Ballrooms B and C

2–3:15 p.m.

Session 4: Assessment practices for community-engaged partnerships:

This workshop will share best practices and explore different methods for assessing the impact of community-engaged partnerships for both community and university stakeholders. This will include partnerships that reinforce teaching, research, and service.

  • Presenter: Dwight Giles, Professor of Leadership in Education
  • Room: Ballroom A

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Session 5: Partnerships that work:

This highly interactive session will take participants through the steps of planning partnership activities that enhance their teaching, research, or service while addressing community-driven and university goals.

  • Presenter: Luciano H. Ramos, Director of Community Partnerships
  • Room: 2540

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.