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Tuesday, October 10 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Authentic Engagement: How (or) can We Engage Multiple Stakeholders to Develop Solutions to Critical Challenges in a Short Time Frame? (45 mins)

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The big challenges facing urban communities require mutually beneficial and reciprocal university and community engagement to build on assets and co-create solutions. Deep and meaningful (i.e. authentic) engagement takes time. But people, families and communities experiencing poverty, police brutality, deportation, hunger, homeless and more do not have the luxury of time. Authentic engagement develops through trust, transparency, vulnerability, and willingness to stick through difficulties and conflict. This workshop will explore methods and approaches that balance the need for authentic engagement with the urgency of social harms our urban communities are currently experiencing. The facilitators will present ideas and lessons learned from their work to create an action research engagement process (AREP) for the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, a statewide effort to address gender disparities through an “intersectional” lens. The AREP centered on young women and their communities in eight groups (African-American, African Immigrant, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander, Latinx/Hispanic, LGBTQ+, young women with disabilities, and young women living in rural Minnesota). We had 5 months and a staff of 14 people to engage over 500 stakeholders. We will share strengths and challenges to stimulate dialogue and discussion. The bulk of the session will be an interactive workshop for participants to work together to surface strategies and tools that foster authentic engagement under short timelines.

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Lauren Martin

Director of Research, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
Lauren Martin PhD is the Director of Research at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), as well as affiliated faculty at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Lauren leads UROC’s sex trading, trafficking and community wellbeing initiative... Read More →
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Makeda Zulu-Gillespie

Director of Outreach, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
Makeda Zulu-Gillespie works to establish Community-University relationships. She co-chairs the Community Affairs Committee, responds to community inquiries, represents UROC at community forums, and develops activities to strengthen long-term partnerships between the University and... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm MDT
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