Community-Engaged Research and Learning Workshops

02/01/2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Ballroom, King Alumni House
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Indiana Campus Compact

The Center for Equality and Social Justice is excited to offer a series of workshops for interested faculty, staff, and graduate students.


The workshops will cover community-engaged research and strategies for community-based learning curriculum development. Led by Indiana Campus Compact, the workshops offer civic engagement training to help institutions of higher education leverage their knowledge, resources, and power for the public good.


Mutually-beneficial partnerships between universities, researchers, and community agencies can help create vibrant communities and strong local networks able to advocate for social equality. These workshops will help introduce scholars to two key methods of community engagement: community engaged research and community-based learning curriculum development. Through community-engaged research, researchers and community partners jointly define and enact research goals that both advance scholarship, and benefit the local community. Community-based learning curriculum is a strategy that course instructors can use to provide students with hands-on learning experience within their communities. It also benefits the surrounding community by increasing students’ engagement, and by helping community partners meet their organizational needs.


Participants can choose to come for one, two, three, or all four of the workshops below, which range from introductory methods seminars to interactive curriculum workshopping sessions. We will be able to accommodate around 60 participants for each workshop; participation will include light breakfast and lunch. Detailed information for each workshop is below, as is RSVP information:


Framing Our Work: Key Concepts of Community Engagement (part 1)

[8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.]

Engagement in and with communities is at the core of most university missions, including language around public service, the creation of knowledge in order to solve problems both locally and globally, as well as preparing students as democratic citizens. The session is designed for faculty, graduate students, and community engagement professionals who are new to service-learning and community engagement. It will provide an overview of the history of the field, including basic definitions and the core components for curriculum design.


Deep Dive: Identifying Community Assets and Needs

[10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.]

Vibrant community-campus partnerships are an essential component that guide institutions of higher education in how they can most effectively fulfill their public mission. When these collaborative efforts are entered into jointly with both community organization and individual community members, and all entities are seen as producers of knowledge, power dynamics can begin to shift. In this session participants will be introduced to the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) framework and explore one way it can be utilized when working with community members and organizations to identify a community’s assets vs their needs. The concepts of developing reciprocal and sustainable partnerships will be explored, as well as ways this model can be incorporated into both community-based learning and community-based research settings.


Lunch Break and Q&A Session

[11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.]


Framing Our Work: Community-Based Learning Curriculum Development (part 2)

[12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.]

As the landscape of higher education progresses, the knowledge, skills, abilities, and even values in which students expect to acquire in college are ever changing. At the same time engaged scholars and national organizations alike are posing key questions for the next wave of community engagement faculty and administrators, including how to responsibly integrate high-impact practices into community-based learning experiences. This workshop, a follow up to the Framing Our Work: Key Concepts for Community Engagement (part one), explores the development of service-learning course objectives and civic learning outcomes, and how to incorporate these into high impact community-based learning experiences. Attendees will be introduced to a variety of course design tools during the session, and are encouraged to bring their course syllabus and/or any community-based project assignment document(s) to the workshop.


Being an Engaged Scholar: Ways to Leverage Your Community Engagement Work

[3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.]

How do you effectively include your community engagement work in your professional story? This session will discuss ways in which faculty can include their engagement work as part of their professional narrative and share venues for disseminating engaged scholarship through traditional and non-traditional outlets. Various organizations to become engaged with, and success stories from the field will also be highlighted.




These workshops will be held Friday, February 1st, 2019 between 8:30 and 4:30 PM in the Ballroom of the King Alumni House.



Seats will be limited, so register soon. If workshop capacity is reached, preference will be given to CESJ affiliates, but all UKY faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to apply. Please RSVP by December 20th to allow us to plan facility and food requirements.