The Katherine Houghton Hepburn Center will host “Community Engagement and Learning: Within and Beyond the Campus” on Friday, Nov. 9. This all-day conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Participants have the option of signing up for a $10 lunch buffet. Anyone interested in attending should contact Ann Ogle at email@example.com or 610-526-5010.
“Although service learning and community engagement have been practiced at some colleges and universities for decades, they are now an important component of college life on virtually every campus,” says Hepburn Center Director Leslie Rescorla.
“One of the key aims of the Hepburn Center is to further the civic engagement of Bryn Mawr’s students, faculty and staff. What we hope to do with this conference is begin to take a critical look at the service-learning movement as it reaches maturity. We want to examine how service learning relates to academic mission and the education of students, to figure out what the hallmarks are of the programs that work, and to look for ways to apply those successful practices to other programs. We hope the conference will provide new insights into how colleges and universities can improve both their own communities and the communities in which they are located.”
8:30 to 9 a.m.: Registration
9 to 10:20 a.m.: Keynote Address and Discussion
Speaker: Elizabeth Hollander ’61, senior fellow, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University, and executive director of Campus Compact, 1997-2006
Title: Doing Good Well: Seeking Excellence in Community-Engaged Learning
Response and discussion will be facilitated by Jane Eisner, vice president for national programs and initiatives, National Constitution Center, and Katharine Houghton Hepburn fellow, 2006-07
10:40 a.m. to noon: Panel and Discussion
Facilitator: Alice Lesnick, senior lecturer, Education Program, Bryn Mawr College, with student and staff participants in the Teaching and Learning Initiative
Title: Building Knowledge and Community Within the Campus: Reflections on Bryn Mawr’s Empowering Learners Partnership and Student-Mentored Staff Computing Programs
Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 to 3 p.m.: Invited Address and Discussion
Speaker: Nadinne Cruz, former director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, Eugene M. Lang visiting professor of social change at Swarthmore College, and executive director of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
Title: Community-Campus Partnerships: What They Are and Why They Are Urgently Needed for Both Educational Excellence and Community Justice
Response and discussion will be facilitated by Nell Anderson, co-director, Civic Engagement Office and Director of Praxis and Community Partnerships, Bryn Mawr College; and Marcine Pickron-Davis, assistant to the president for community engagement and diversity initiatives, Widener University
This event is being co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Campus Compact.