Past CoPs

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

Emily Oliver, Carleton College

Description: Dostilio and Perry (2017) reflect on, reframe, and explore “the role of community engagement professionals (CEPs) as change-oriented leaders, using their positions within the middle spaces of their organizations to catalyze change and greater realization of postsecondary education’s civic purpose” (p. 3, emphasis added). In this Community of Practice (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, Program Coordinator, Institute for Design Research and Outreach, Iowa State University (bio)

Jane Turk, High-Impact Learning Practices Coordinator/Liberal Education As Practice (LEAP) Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Hamline University (bio)

Resources:

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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

David Supp-Montgomerie, University of Iowa

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

Larissa Minicucci, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine

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 and Technical College

Julianne Gassman, University of Northern Iowa

2017-18 Communities of Practice:

Description: This Community of Practice will bring together colleagues from across campuses to delve into meaningful discourse surrounding racial equity, social justice and the application of an equity lens in post-secondary education. Together, we will invest time defining underlying assumptions and frameworks around equity and empowerment and begin exploring how participants can foster belonging and wholeness on their campuses. Participants will share/learn about equity initiatives across our campuses; engage in discussion grounded in shared readings, resources, and participant experiences; and be guided in the development of an individualized plan for enhancing intercultural competence via completion of the Intercultural Development Inventory prior to our first meeting (Cost of $15; scholarships available. Please note in your application if this is a cost you are unable to meet).

Co-Chairs:

Joyce Coleman, Vice President for Student Services & Enrollment Management, Century College (bio)

Elizabeth Dunens, Assistant Director, Center for Community Work and Learning, St. Catherine University (bio)

Description: Dostilio and Perry (2017) reflect on, reframe, and explore “the role of community engagement professionals (CEPs) as change-oriented leaders, using their positions within the middle spaces of their organizations to catalyze change and greater realization of postsecondary education’s civic purpose” (p. 3, emphasis added). In this Community of Practice (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, Program Coordinator, Institute for Design Research and Outreach, Iowa State University (bio)

Jane Turk, High-Impact Learning Practices Coordinator/Liberal Education As Practice (LEAP) Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Hamline University (bio)

Resources:

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Description: We all know that even great plans can sit in a file, if we don’t regularly revisit our priorities, identify specific action steps, and hold ourselves and others accountable–then celebrate progress and reflect on what comes next. In this Community of Practice, participants will embark on that implementation process together, sharing key goals in and context for their Civic Action Plans, discussing successes and challenges, considering opportunities to address common priorities together, and harvesting lessons and resources for the broader Campus Compact network.

Co-Chairs:

Julie Plaut, Executive Director, Minnesota Campus Compact (bio)

Emily Shields, Executive Director, Iowa Campus Compact (bio)

Description: This Community of Practice will explore innovative teaching and learning strategies for using storytelling to cultivate meaningful dialogues on and off campus. Participants will discuss a multidisciplinary set of practices and design their own projects to help students and/or local communities build new capacities for listening, empathy, and deeper understanding. The storytelling projects can take on a variety of creative forms, including person-to-person and digital sharing. Our goal will be to translate public policy and social issue concerns into human terms by facilitating community dialogues across differences of experience and opinions.

Co-Chairs: 

Sophia Geng, Associate Professor of Chinese, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (bio)

David Supp-Montgomerie, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa (bio)

Resources:
Multicultural Organization Development

The Role of Story in Organizations

Description: Both community members and academics often care deeply about what they can do to make a difference in the world and how they might achieve positive and sustainable change through deep and authentic engagement. How can the community’s way of knowing and the academy’s knowledge be utilized to achieve mutual benefit with the individuals and collaboration? This community of practice will explore the ways in which community engagement can lead to differing yet equitable examples of scholarship for both community and the academic individuals.

Co-Chairs:

Susan Gust, Community Development Consultant (bio)

Laura Palombi, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota (bio)

Description: Reflective practices–asking big questions, listening well and making meaning from experience–are skills of a life-long learner and attributes of engaged citizens in a diverse democracy.  This CoP addresses effective approaches for reflective practice to enhance student immersive learning experiences. Participants will actively work on their own reflective capacities, learn about reflective pedagogy with and from one another, and, together, consider systemic change towards more reflective institutional cultures.

Co-Chairs:

Tina Kruse, Professor, Educational Studies, Macalester College (bio)

Karin Trail-Johnson, Director of Civic Engagement and Associate Dean, Macalester College (bio)

Resources:

Reflective Practice CoP Resources Document

Description: As individual faculty and staff members, we strive to engage in authentic reciprocal partnerships with community members. Our efforts, though, may be undermined by institutional histories of working in (or even on) communities, sometimes with negative impacts. This campus-based Community of Practice examines issues of restorative justice, which focuses on publicly acknowledging, and even more importantly, working to repair the negative impacts that result from university engagement. We will explore individual and collective actions we can take to make better known and redress negative consequences. We will also explore what other higher education institutions have done in these regards. This work intersects with other ongoing campus conversations focused on understanding colleges’ and universities’ legacies as colonial institutions and what it means and looks like to work to decolonize the academy.

Co-Facilitators:
Čhaŋtémaza (Neil McKay), Senior Teaching Specialist, American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota (bio)
Monica Siems McKay, Assistant Director, Center for Community-Engaged Learning, University of Minnesota (bio)

2016-17 Communities of Practice

Co-Chairs: Marla Kanengieter-Wildeson and Kara Lindaman

Co-Chairs: Dave Ellis and Awale Osman

Co-Chairs: Erin Slattengren and Karin Trail Johnson

A number of individuals who have facilitated or helped to organize CoPs in the past compiled useful information on what defines a CoP as well as tips and strategies on how to facilitate. The resulting Manual can be downloaded at the link below.