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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Placed-Based Community Engagement Initiatives: A National Perspective (90 mins)

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Widely known through the work of the Harlem Children’s Zone and the federal government’s Promise and Choice Neighborhood programs, geographically specific initiatives have the potential to positively address the challenge of concentrated poverty. While we may be familiar with these types of initiatives based out of non-profit organizations or governmental grants, less is known about this type of strategy in higher education.

Recently, some universities have also taken on this geographically specific strategy. This session will explore a newer type of initiative: place-based community engagement (PBCE). PBCE is unique in that such initiatives are an institution-wide strategy that’s geographically concentrated with a long-term engagement plan with the target community (Koth, 2013). Drawing from four campuses from the Northwest (Seattle University), West (University of San Diego, and Mid Atlantic (Loyola University Maryland and Drexel University), our panelists will engage in a conversation to share lessons learned and promising practices as their campuses have engaged in this strategy. We will do this by engaging panelists in a discussion on how campuses began their exploring and planning process for their initiative. Panelists will then share what implementation has looked like. Lastly, the panelists will share what they are doing to sustain such initiatives in a climate of political and economic uncertainty.

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Jennifer Johnson Kebea

Executive Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, Drexel University
Dr. Jennifer Johnson Kebea has been part of Drexel University’s expanding efforts around civic engagement since 2009. Currently, Jennifer serves as Executive Director of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. She is also affiliated faculty with Drexel University's School of Education... Read More →
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Kent Koth

Executive Director, Seattle University Center for Community Engagement
Kent Koth is the founding director of the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement. Through this role Kent leads the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a long-term commitment by Seattle University faculty, staff and students from all disciplines to join with parents, the... Read More →
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Chris Nayve

Senior Research Associate, University of San Diego
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Erin O'Keefe

Director, Center for Community, Loyola University (Baltimore)
Erin S. O’Keefe, M.P.P., serves as director for Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice, overseeing university-community partnerships, student and faculty community engagement, and the university’s York Road Initiative, a place-based community development effort. O’Keefe... Read More →
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Esteban del Rio

Associate Provost/CDO & Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of San Diego
My research interests include the study of unity and difference, cultural production and reception, Latina/o media, consumer culture, and social change. I am also interested in exploring how a communication and cultural approach to difference can intervene in discourses and practices... Read More →

Erica Yamamura

Associate Professor and Program Director, Seattle University

Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
Colorado A