Gulf-South Summit - March 2-4, 2011 -  Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center -Roanoke, Virginia
Pre-Conference Workshops

Date: March 2, 2011 at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
noon - 1:00 PM - Lunch for pre-conference workshop attendees
1:00 - 4:00 PM - Workshops
Early (on or before January 7, 2011): $60
Standard (January 8 - February 5, 2011): $80
Late (on or after February 6, 2011): $100

Workshops (choose one):

Session 1: Ut Prosim Tour
Staff of the Virginia Tech Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships

In 1896, Virginia Tech adopted Ut Prosim, "That I May Serve," as its motto. Since then, the university has felt a special commitment to live out this motto through its teaching, research, and outreach mission. Join VISTA and student staff of the Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships on a trip to the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg to visit some key community engagement sites. Tour stops may include the Price House Nature Center, the Community Design Assistance Center, the Wind Turbine at the YMCA Center, the Adult Day Center and Child Development Lab, and the Stroubles Creek Watershed.

The tour will leave the Hotel Roanoke at 12:30 p.m. and return by 5 p.m. Transportation will be provided.

Limit: 15

Session 2: Service Learning Directors: What we do. What is expected. Who we are.
Shirley Theriot, Director of the Center for Community Service Learning, University of Texas at Arlington
Vincent Ilustre, Executive Director, Center for Public Service, Tulane University
Mary Beth Lima, Director, Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership, Louisiana State University
Lanese Aggrey, Director, Volunteer and Service Learning Center, Academic Service Learning, University of Texas Austin

Shirley and three other University Directors of Service Learning and Community Engagement will conduct a panel discussion regarding the expectations of a service-learning director with respect to building relationships, finding support, coordinating faculty, student, and community interactions, and enabling faculty research. We will begin by sharing our experiences, both challenges and successes, as we worked to build a viable center.

If you coordinate service-learning at your institution, come and join this open discussion. Let's exchange ideas about strategies, important tips, political lessons, and lessons learned to build program capacity. Great handouts and discussion!

Limit: 50

Session 3: More Than Practice: Cultivating Student Leadership Within Changing Communities
Tal Stanley

This interactive workshop will build on Paulo Freire's approach to problem-solving education and the experiences of the Bonner Scholars Program and the Department of Public Policy and Community Service at Emory & Henry College to explore student leadership within changing communities. Participants will examine approaches to cultivating leadership among students who come from within changing communities as well as approaches that put students into changing communities, both approaches designed to enable and equip students to be agents of change in lived places. The workshop will challenge traditional ideas of the faculty role in the educational process and the role of community partners in that process. The workshop will set forth the possibility of redesigning classrooms to encourage a dynamic learning environment where all persons, whether in the classroom or in the changing community, as co-educators and co-learners together. Participants will work with such concepts as the two feet of service, reflection, social capital, place, social justice, intradependence, relational leadership, relational power, and intradependence. Examples will be drawn from the ongoing place-based partnerships at Emory & Henry College.

Limit: 25

Session 4: Sustainability for Community-Engaged Work: a Mini-Retreat to Affirm Integrity and Wholeness as a Path for Renewal, Strength, and Encouragement
Nadinne Cruz

Using stories, poetry, literature, reflective exercises, and discussion, Nadinne will guide participants in a mini-retreat workshop to deepen awareness of what it will require of us to be "sustainable" in our work as practitioners, advocates and leaders of community engagement. While the term "community engagement" encompasses a wide range of practices, including service-learning, civic education, community-based learning, campus-community partnerships, and others, what practitioners seem to hold in common is a sense that "the work"—notwithstanding diverse terminology—is meaningful, gratifying, and exciting, but also very demanding, frustrating and exhausting. There can be too much work with not enough money, staff and time; too many roles with a lot of responsibility and not much authority; too many "silos" to navigate—student life, academic affairs, and communities; and too much multi-tasking from big visioning to responding to diverse constituencies while also staying on top of risk management, logistics, and paperwork! Even for those who are passionate about the work, the demands of leading community engagement raises questions about sustainability over the long haul. Tapping her veteran experiences (teaching, community partnership work, executive management, student development, etc.), Nadinne will share lessons learned from her own life and work about avoiding pitfalls and creating a path for sustainability in doing the urgently needed work of community engagement in higher education. Nadinne will serve as a guide and mentor in a session that she invites participants to create as a safe space for self-reflection and authentic discussion on a very personal topic.

Limit: 50

Session 5: Strategies for Institutionalizing Engagement
James Dubinsky, Director, Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships, Virginia Tech

For many institutions of higher education, engagement with the external community is increasingly critical to long-term success. The purpose of this workshop is to critically examine strategies for advancing your institution's plan for engagement, effectively linking engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions, building institutional commitment involving faculty, students, and community partners, and evaluating and communicating the impact of engagement.

The workshop draws from the curriculum of the award-winning Engagement Academy, of which Dubinsky is a faculty member. The Engagement Academy is a program of Virginia Tech's Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement in collaboration with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH).

Limit: 50


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