Annual Membership and Network Meeting
North Creek Event Center
University of Washington Bothell
December 5, 2016
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Advancing Equity and Inclusion at the Core of Community Engagement
Higher education institutions across Washington State strive to create learning environments in which all students succeed and thrive. At the heart of this effort is a deep commitment to improve equity and inclusion both on our campuses and in our communities. How can our community engagement work be strengthened with deeper understanding and practices in the areas of equity and inclusion? How can community engagement strengthen institutional efforts to create more equitable and inclusive learning environments, both in our classrooms and in our communities? How do we partner responsibly with one another and with our communities to reduce disparities?
To advance our agenda toward full inclusion we must look inward and outward and commit to working across the divides to change inequitable practices and settings. This meeting agenda is designed to invite all of us to reflect on our current frameworks and practices, and encourage diverse ideas and perspectives to help us advance equity and inclusion at the core of our collective community engagement work.
Goals for the Day
8:30 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 9:10 am
Welcome – Kara C. Adams, Interim Director, Community Based Learning and Research, UW Bothell
9:10 am – 9:20 am
Opening - Dr. Susan Jeffords, Vice Chancellor, UW Bothell
Framing - Jennifer Hine, Executive Director, Washington Campus Compact
9:20 am – 9:50 am
Moderator: Claire Peinado Fraczek, Director of Integrated Learning, UW Bothell
Panelists: Terryl Ross, Director of Diversity, UW Bothell Tim Costello, Director, Center for Service-Learning, Western Washington University, Abigail Echo Hawk, Director, Seattle Urban Indian Health Institute
Description: There are a variety of perspectives and orientations when thinking about both community engagement, inclusion and diversity work. To strengthen our collaborations, we need to better understand our respective areas of work, including our unique approaches and responsibilities — as well as our shared goals — in order to enable stronger synthesis and coordination across our units. Identifying and amplifying these intersections sits at the core of our conference mission. The panel will provide an opportunity to make these perspectives and approaches more visible through shared dialogue.
9:50 am – 10:00 am
Teamwork Sessions: Institutional teams will work together to explore their institution’s student, faculty and partner engagement plans and develop strategies that support and advance equity and inclusion.
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Session 1 - Inward Pedagogy: Focus on critical service-learning/community based learning and research
Facilitators: Ron Harris-White, Faculty Member and Director of Diversity, Antioch University
Description: This session will explore ideas and best practices for supporting students’ search for positionality, power and identity in the context of communities they engage with, and their development of agency to enact more justice-centered arrangements. What strategies can we use to ensure that our Service-Learning (S-L) is not reinforcing the “us-them” dichotomy? When do S-L methods and pedagogies create barriers for full participation of our students and equity in learning? How can we create authentic relationships with students that challenge them to think about their own identity as well as the communities they work with?
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch, Networking and Announcements
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Session 2 - Partnership Level: Focus on partnership development
Facilitators: Chris Wheatley, Associate Director, Center for Community Action and Service-Learning, Gonzaga University, Hannah Klaassen, Coordinator of Student and Community Engagement, Center for Community Action and Service-Learning, Gonzaga University
Description: What are both individual and organizational practices for partnership? Do our practice and processes for partnership replicate inequity? What are liberating processes for partnership? What strategies and lens does the institution use to choose community organizations to partner with? How do faculty deepen their integration of critical S-L reflective practices in the partner choices?
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 3 - Institutional Level: Focus on mission, culture, structures
Facilitators: Sheila Edwards Lange, President, Seattle Central College
Rhosetta Rhodes, Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students, Whitworth University
Description: What does the integration of diversity, inclusion, equity, and community engagement look like at the institutional level? How do institutions become more permeable and support faculty, students, staff to engage with communities on and off campus? How is diversity/inclusion/community engagement infused through external communication, recruitment, alumni engagement, donor engagement? How is diversity/inclusion/community engagement infused through promotion and tenure of faculty and staff?
3:30 pm – 3:50 pm
3:50 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing – Jennifer Hine (Next steps/Evaluation/Announcements)
Conference Reading Materials:
Traditional vs. Critical Service-Learning: Engaging the Literature to Differentiate Two Models
Service Learning as a Pedagogy of Whiteness
Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Community Engagement in Higher Education
WACC Annual Membership and Network Meeting Advisory Committee:
Kara C. Adams, Interim Director, Community-Based Learning and Research, UW Bothell
Claire Peinado Fraczek, Director of Integrated Learning, UW Bothell
Terryl Ross, Director of Diversity, UW Bothell
Linnea Broker, Network Manager, Washington Campus Compact
Jennifer Hine, Executive Director, Washington Campus Compact