Communities of Practice

Chairs - COP

Apply to be in a 2018-19 community of practice!

Applications are due September 14, 2018.

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share an area of inquiry and engage in collective learning about that issue as it relates to their work or practice. Through discussions, joint activities, and relationship building, the community of practice develops a shared and individual repertoire of resources, skills, and knowledge to use in their practice. Communities of practice exist everywhere; from formalized meetings to informal lunch discussions among peers, they create connections between people, facilitate sharing knowledge, and lead to shared practices.

The University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement and Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Campus Compacts will co-sponsor a set of issue-focused Communities of Practice (CoPs) in 2018-19. These CoPs are open to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community partners affiliated with the University of Minnesota and Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Campus Compact member campuses.

With questions, contact Sinda at MNCC or contact Amber at OPE. 

2018-19 Communities of Practice

Description: 

In this Community of Practice, participants will explore how community-engaged research methods such as Participatory Action Research and Community-Based Participatory Research can honor diverse forms of knowledge, inform systems change and deepen civic engagement practices. Topics for monthly meetings will include understanding key differences between relevant methods as well as incorporating reflective and creative activities into research practice. While this COP is open to community partners and college or university faculty and staff, community partners are especially encouraged to apply.

Co-Chairs: 

Kayla Lyftogt, University of Minnesota (bio)

Emily Oliver,  Carleton College (bio)

 

Dates:

  • Thursday, November 1, 9:30-11 AM
  • Thursday, December 6, 9:30 -11 AM
  • Thursday, January 10, 9:30-11 AM
  • Thursday, February 7, 9:30-11 AM
  • Thursday, March 7, 9:30 – 11 AM
  • Thursday, April 4, 9:30-11 AM

Description:

This CoP will address the relevance of community engagement practices for all majors in their career development.  Faculty and staff don’t need to choose between preparing students for engaged citizenship or a job, as research indicates that employers in all fields want the types of skills obtained through the practical application of knowledge, which can be developed through community engaged experiences. We aim to bring together staff from departments such as career services and faculty from a variety of disciplines (liberal arts, career and technical) to explore ways to elevate the meaningfulness of and support for community engagement on our campuses.

Co-Chairs:

Lena Jones, Minneapolis Community & Technical College (bio)

 

Julianne Gassman, University of Northern Iowa (bio)

Dates:

Nov 14, 2018, 1:30-3:00 pm
Dec 12, 2018, 1:30-3:00 pm
Jan 23, 2019, 1:30-3:00 pm
Feb 13, 2019, 1:30-3:00 pm
March 6, 2019, 1:30-3:00 pm
April 10, 2019, 1:30-3:00 pm

Description:

The purpose of this Community of Practice (CoP) is to co-create an environment that will support the learning and growth of the individuals in the CoP as well as build community as a group. In this (CoP), we will use the recently published book The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field (Dostilio, 2017) as a common text to explore how our experiences and challenges as community engagement professionals have facilitated (or hindered) our capacity to work effectively across higher education institutions, build partnerships to advance the work of community engagement, and span institutional boundaries within the campus and between campus and community.    

 

Co-Chairs:

Susan Erickson, Iowa State University (bio)

Jane Turk, Hamline University (bio)

Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 23, 1:00-2:30 PM (Possible in person meeting, location TBD, with Zoom attendance also offered)
  • Tuesday, November 27, 1:00-2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, January 22, 1:00-2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 5, 1:00-2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 23, 1:00-2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 21, 1:00-2:30 PM

Description: 

Dialogues can be polarizing because when our deeply held values and beliefs are challenged, if only through conversation, we feel the urge to convince others that our beliefs are valid.  Depolarization occurs when individuals are self-aware and understand how to deploy dialogic strategies to make connections, co-create meaning, and develop shared understanding. This Community of Practice will explore strategies for using dialogue to cultivate new capacities for listening, empathy, and deeper understanding on and off campus. Participants will discuss a multidisciplinary set of practices while reflecting on their own identity and the ethics of dialogic engagement. Upon completion, participants will have increased understanding of self, increased empathy and compassion for others, and strategies to depolarize dialogue.

Co-Chairs:

Victoria McWane-Creek,  Minnesota State Community and Technical College (bio)

David Supp-Montgomerie, University of Iowa (bio)

 

Dates:

October 19, 12:00-1:30PM – In Person (Location is TBD with a remote participation option available if travel is a barrier.)

November 16, 12:00-1:30PM

December 14, 12:00-1:30PM

January 18, 12:00-1:30PM

February 15, 12:00-1:30PM

March 22, 12:00-1:30PM

Description:

In this CoP we will explore the intersection of individual and collective transformation for the sake of building sustainable, community-driven programs and building authentic relationships across cultural boundaries. We will discuss how partnering with non-university and student-led organizations can enrich the engagement paradigm. Through sharing of stories and the creation of a space that honors deep listening, we will explore a new way and co-create a philosophy of engagement for transformative collaboration.

Co-Chairs: 

 

Marilou Chanrasmi, Native America Humane Society (bio)

Larissa Minicucci, University of Minnesota (bio)

Dates:

  • Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018: 4 – 6 PM
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018: 4 – 6 PM
  • Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019: 4 — 6 PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019: 4 – 6 PM
  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019: 4 – 6 PM
  • Thursday, Apr. 4, 2019: 4 – 6 PM