Pre-conference sessions for the Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. We are pleased to announce the sessions offered at this year’s conference:
Half-day Pre-conference Session – 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Publicly Engaged Scholars
Nicholas Longo, Professor, Public & Community Service Studies, Providence College
Margaret Post, Visiting Scholar at NERCHE and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Dartmouth College
This half-day workshop will examine the “next generation” of engagement in higher education beginning with the stories of participants through the lens of publicly engaged scholarship, and how our stories fit with larger trends in higher education. The workshop will then focus on using these experiences to develop strategies for better supporting engaged scholarship on campuses.
Equity and Engagement in Academic Reward Systems: Best Practices for Reform
KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor, Higher Education, University of Maryland
Saul Petersen, Executive Director, New Jersey Campus Compact
It is commonplace for college campuses to say they foster inclusive excellence and support diverse faculty and diverse forms of scholarship. During this preconference institute, we will reflect on best practices in policies regarding hiring, promotion and tenure, workload and rewards that would more broadly reflect an institution’s values regarding inclusive excellence. Participants will be invited to consider equity-minded reforms in their respective academic reward systems that support diverse faculty and diverse forms of scholarship, with particular attention to engaged scholarship. We will also share examples of reform practice currently underway at several colleges and universities in this area of equity-regarded engagement, following a series of Campus Compact faculty institutes in New Jersey that were led by Dr. O’Meara. The institutes were designed with and for teams of chief academic officers, associate provosts, academic deans, chief diversity officers, union representatives and key community engagement professionals.
Full-day Pre-conference Session – 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Assessing and Enacting a Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity on College and University Campuses
Alane Shanks, Visiting Scholar, NERCHE
Using the NERCHE Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education, participants will examine a tool designed to encourage assessment and thoughtful dialogue on campuses about these critical issues facing higher education. Examples will be shared to demonstrate how the rubric facilitates an assessment and ways to strengthen institutional structures, policies, and practices around diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Participants will have time to workshop within institutional team and with teams from other campuses to explore ways to use the NERCHE Rubric on your campus. This Pre-con will focus on emerging practices, strategies for engaging campus leaders, and practical ways to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion on campuses.
Equity-centered Community Engagement Professionals
Lina Dostilio, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement Centers, University of Pittsburgh
Community Engagement Professionals (CEPs) are those individuals who are responsible for supporting the faculty, students, community partners, and institutions involved in community-campus engagement. This pre-conference workshop will convene the architects of four efforts to raise the visibility, clarify the characteristics, build the scholarly capacity, and build community amongst those who do CEP work. These efforts include the Michigan State graduate student certificate program, IARSLCE’s Practioner Scholar Forum, CEP Competency Model development under Campus Compact, and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network. The four facilitators will share how each of their efforts prioritize and attend to the concepts of equity, inclusion, and critical consciousness within CEP work. Participants will trace how their own understanding of equity has been developed and is evident within their work and then dream together about what a community of practice around equity-centered work might look like for CEPs near and far. We will identify the experiences, conversations, readings, and activities necessary to build an equity-centered approach to CEP work.