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Monday, October 9 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Strategic Community Engagement Planning: Designing a Process for Center Leadership on Engagement (45 mins)

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This workshop will present a case study of the recent strategic planning process at Brown University’s Swearer Center (2015-2016) as an example of a process design for center leadership on engagement. The first half of the session will introduce the challenges that were facing the center and our community partners in Providence, RI. The session will present our engaged scholarship initiatives and strategic shift to implement scaffolded, developmental, long term, intensive community engagement that builds capacity for our partners and helps us forge sustainable community partnerships. The workshop will also cover our efforts to expand the boundaries of our student experience beyond Brown through experiential learning, research, and leadership programs, and our work to improve diversity and inclusion. We will present the types of input we received from partners and stakeholders, and the process through which we designed our strategic plan.

The second half of the workshop will cover lessons learned in implementing our strategic plan in its first year. Examples include establishing a community partnership team, integrating rigorous academic components throughout our programming, engaging faculty and students in sustainable relationships with community partners, and the importance of collecting data for strategic community engagement both from our students and community partners. In our cyclical planning process we incorporate input and recommendations from the NASCE toolkit to best inform our programming, track our community involvement, improve our student and faculty engagement infrastructure, address obstacles to engagement as cited by our stakeholders, and most importantly, measure our progress vis-a-vis our strategic objectives.


Mathew Johnson

Director, Associate Dean, Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University
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Georgina Manok

Assistant Director, Research & Assessment, Swearer Center @ Brown University

Monday October 9, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
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