Upcoming events

Spring 2020 events

Community Engaged Scholarship & Promotion and Tenure

Tuesday, February 11, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., JCSU 324
This an information session about the new NSHE policy that recognizes community engagement in promotion and tenure (NSHE Code: Title 2, Chapter 3, Section 3.4.2). Topics covered include forms of community engaged scholarship, creating a community engaged promotion and tenure packet, and the role of departments and colleges in designing and implementing the new policy.


Panel on Critical Reflection

Thursday, March 5, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., JCSU 324/em>
Critical reflection is a core component of experiential education. OSLCE will be hosting a panel comprised of UNR faculty that use critical reflection in their courses to enhance academic learning, personal growth, and civic engagement.


Building a Network of Community Engaged Faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno

Tuesday, April 14, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. JCSU 324
OSLCE is aspiring to create a network of community engaged faculty at UNR, and we need your help! The purpose of this initiative is to improve interdisciplinary collaboration, communication, and information dissemination among faculty conducting community engaged scholarship. Join OSLCE as we facilitate a dialogue among UNR faculty regarding the effective development a community engaged network.

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Campus Compact National Webinar Series Watch Parties

All Webinars will be streamed live in Raggio 1002
Campus Compact’s National Webinar series returns for 2019-2020 with more to support and inspire you. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to join OSLCE to watch each session for information, tools, and resources to help you in your work. More information about this series can be found on the Campus Compact website.

Building Democratic Skills Through Deliberative Dialogue

Thursday, January 30, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In the face of ever-increasing polarization and divisiveness, there is a great need and desire for an effective, accessible, and inclusive tool for diverse people to engage across difference in pursuit of common ground for action on major social issues. A Deliberative Dialogue Forum brings people together in a small gathering to deliberate about challenging public issues. The process is guided by a neutral moderator and a discussion guide that presents multiple approaches to addressing the problem. Deliberative Dialogue provides an effective framework for mutual understanding and a common purpose that allows people to discuss difficult issues, weigh options, and ultimately take action.

This workshop will provide an overview of the National Issues Forum deliberative dialogue model and allow participants to engage in a brief practice Forum. Since 2013, NC Campus Compact as trained over 550 faculty, staff, students, and community members from 71 colleges and universities, representing 12 states, to moderate deliberative dialogues.


Braving the Wilderness: How Vulnerability Can Be a Pathway for Social Change

Thursday, February 13, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
As community engagement leaders, we navigate institutional power, internalized conditioning and patterns of entitlement through seen and unseen hierarchal systems. During this interactive webinar, you will learn a framework to give language and understanding for how fear and power imbalances impact our capacity to communicate and connect with people across power and dominance. Instead of retreating and protecting, we will explore what it means to remain “value-based” and vulnerable as you build and deepen authentic relationships across these barriers as the foundation for systemic and transformative justice. You will be asked to reflect on times you have braved the wilderness advocating for change to systems that perpetuate fear and power imbalances. And the times when you haven’t. What have you learned from those experiences? How can those experiences help each of us as leaders to advance change within the context of our community engagement work centered on equity and inclusion? Please note, this workshop will invite participants to share their personal experiences and stretch their comfort zone.


Designing Asset-Based Educational Experiences

Thursday, February 27, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Using participatory facilitation methods, this 60-minute interactive webinar will introduce Dr. Tara J. Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth Model as a framework for discovering and embracing every student’s unique assets, knowledge and talents and explore ways we can transform teaching and learning experiences that welcome students’ whole selves and actively honor diverse ways of knowing, being, and learning. Facilitators will share a variety of examples of how our campuses are incorporating the model and designing asset-based educational experiences.


High Impact Community-Engaged Learning Practices and Processes

Thursday, March 10, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
This webinar will focus on three practices that facilitate achievement of high impact community-engaged learning (service-learning). Participants will develop a deeper understanding of cultivating reciprocal relationships, using a project management approach, and educating about context. Each practice will be paired with processes to provide options for implementation. Examples will be drawn from the development of service-learning at St. John Fisher College as the founding director of the program and a stand-alone service-learning course called Social Change through Service. A faculty colleague will provide additional illustrations.


Speak up: How to work change in your community

Thursday, April 16, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
This webinar will teach participants how to engage in making change in their city, state, and country by becoming an advocate. The workshop will lead participants through the advocacy process, including:

  1. Why we should speak up for the issues that matter
  2. How to effectively make your voice heard
  3. How to engage your elected officials
  4. How to share powerful stories

The Power of a Plan: How a Civic Action Plan Can Create Significant Impact

Thursday, April 28, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Why should your institution create a Civic Action Plan? How do you move your plan from words to action? Creating a Civic Action Plan has been transformational for SUNY Buffalo State College and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). The plan itself and the process of developing the plan has led to deep and broad conversations and impacts about important issues of reciprocity in community engagement, faculty and staff recognition for this work, and institutional structure and effectiveness. This webinar will provide inspiration and honest feedback from colleagues at Buffalo State and UNI about the initial reasons for creating a civic action plan, the process of creating the plan, the challenges encountered, and the unforeseen tremendous impact the plan has already had at both institutions. We will answer your questions about the process, and encourage you to set up a framework for success through a civic action planning process. Staff from Campus Compact of New York and Pennsylvania will provide reflections on the process across other institutions and from Campus Compact.


Building Student Dispositions for Community Engaged Learning

Thursday, May 7, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
This webinar introduces dispositions as a framework for students’ community-engaged learning. Dispositions are filters made up of values, beliefs, cultural backgrounds, and prior experiences that shape how we take in information and make sense of it. Too often, student orientation to community-engaged learning is a checklist of signing waiver forms, logging volunteer hours, and meeting minimum requirements. While logistics matter, the heart of preparation for engaging with community is bringing and developing a set of dispositions that foster positive cognitive and affective growth. While many dispositions can contribute to such growth, focusing on a small set of strategic dispositions provides a robust frame for making sense of community-engaged learning experiences. The webinar is structured around six dispositions: open-mindedness, humility, appreciation of community cultural wealth, intellectual curiosity, empathy, and commitment. These dispositions are particularly vital for community engaged learning designed to promote critical thinking and social justice.