March Community Engagement Resources

February 27, 2018

The Digital Humanities as Public Humanities
Laura N. Schram shares three valuable ways of thinking about how to thrive beyond the Ph.D.

The Next ‘Evolution’ of Civic Learning by Tania Mitchell
The initiatives profiled in this issue represent an important step in the work to ensure a broader reach and a deeper connection to civic learning and demonstrate that civic opportunities and motivations exist across our institutions.

Gustavus Adolphus College: Communication Studies Strategic Plan by Leila Brammar
In our 2010 department strategic plan, we re-examined our discipline, curriculum, courses, and assumptions, deepened civic learning in every course, and more widely implemented community-based civic learning.

Building a University-wide Agenda for Intercultural Competence and Understanding: 
Lessons Learned at the University of Minnesota by Andrew Furco and Kris Lockhart
In this paper, administrators from the University of Minnesota, who represent units that are highly engaged in intercultural competence work, share some of their struggles and lessons learned in their effort to build a comprehensive, campus-wide strategy to grow intercultural advancement.

Civic Engagement as a High Impact Practice by Matt Reed
Is political engagement a high-impact practice? Absolutely. And kudos to the Parkland students for showing us how it’s done.

Does College Turn People Into Liberals? by Matthew J. Mayhew, Alyssa N. RockenbachBenjamin S. Selznick, & Jay L. Zagorsky
Nationally representative empirical evidence indicates that college attendance is associated, on average, with gains in appreciating political viewpoints across the spectrum, not just favoring liberals.

Student Success in Higher Education: Developing the Whole Person Through Impact Practices
by Dr. Henry and Dr. Elaine Brzycki
Provides front-line educators with a new student success model based on the latest research in the psychology of well-being and student-centered learning. 



Finding Voice: A Visual Arts Approach to Engaging Social Change
by Kim Berman
Using her own fieldwork as a case study, Berman shows how hands-on work in the arts with learners of all ages and backgrounds can contribute to economic stability by developing new skills, as well as enhancing public health and gender justice within communities.


Journeys of Social Justice: Women of Color Presidents in the Academy
by Menah Pratt-Clarke and Johanna B. Maes
This edited volume documents the unique experiences of women of color in higher education administration. From full professors, senior administrators, deans, presidents, and chancellors, women of color share their social justice journeys to leadership roles in the academy.


Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization
By Cia Verschelden, MSW, Ed.D.
This book argues that the cognitive resources for learning of over half our young people have been diminished by the negative effects of economic insecurity, discrimination and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity, this book offers a set of strategies and interventions to rebuild the available cognitive resources necessary to succeed in college and reach their full potential.

Just Research in Contentious Times
by Michelle Fine
In this intensely powerful and personal new text, Michelle Fine widens the methodological imagination for students, educators, scholars, and researchers interested in crafting research with communities. Fine shares her struggles over the course of 30 years to translate research into policy and practice that can enhance the human condition and create a more just world.


When does Service-Learning Work? by Jerusha Conner and Joseph Erikson
Examines the extent to which Contact Theory predicts the efficacy of service-learning courses in promoting positive attitude change among participants.

Intersectionality & Well-Being, Diversity & Democracy
This Winter 2018 issue examines how higher education institutions can take an intersectional approach to fostering individual, community, and institutional well-being.

Agora Project
A space for civic dialogue and reflection about campus and community engagement, including the most recent conversation on where expertise lies.

Gun Issues: Resources for Civil Dialogue and Engagement
With gun issues so much in the news, the Campus Election Engagement Project has created a guide with credible and nonpartisan resources for dialogue on gun issues. These resources can be used for discussion in classrooms, resident halls, and public educational events.