Workshop Series: Community-Engaged Research & Practice

This workshop series was designed to help build a toolbox of skills for engaging in community-based research and practice. 

Introduction to Community-Engaged Research & Practice

Friday, October 11, 2019, 12:30-2:00 pm
Room L-114 Carlson School of Management, U of M West Bank campus

Explore the complexities of community partnerships through this conversation on ethics, engagement models, and community-based research approaches. Panelists will discuss community and institutional power dynamics, mutually beneficial relationships, and how community-based research can contribute to societal change. (View resources from this workshop)

    • Carissa Slotterback, Associate Dean in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    • Vanessa Voller, Coordinator of Community-Based Research Programs in the Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA) and PhD Student, College of Education and Human Development and School of Public Health
    • Susan Gust, Community Engagement Consultant, Hennepin Health Research Institute
    • Maiyia Yang Kasouaher, Community Engagement Lead, UMN Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR)

Identity Development and Self-Reflection for the Community-Engaged Student

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 1-3 pm
Freeman Commons, room 205 Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of M West Bank campus

Understanding identity, privilege, and power is crucial for the community-engaged student working for societal change. This session will draw on curriculum from the Social Justice Leadership Certificate offered through the UofM Office for Multicultural Student Engagement. Explore your identity in context, intersectionality, activism and allyship, leadership abilities, and more. (View resources from this workshop)

    • Anise Mazone, Director of Multicultural Student Engagement (MCSE)  - Office for Student Affairs
    • Evan Witt, Assistant Director for Leadership & Training, Orientation & Transition Experiences

Policy Making and Community Change for the Common Good

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 10–11:50 am
Room 2-215 Carlson School of Management, U of M West Bank campus

Elected officials in city and county government in Minnesota are responsible for making policy decisions on many issues that affect the daily lives of community members. But the levers of local government are not the only way to effect policy and community change. Advocacy groups, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and “boundary organizations” such as universities that facilitate collaboration and information flow between the research and public policy communities all play a role as well. Panelists representing local and regional government, community and nonprofit organizations, and community-based research programs at the University of Minnesota will discuss the responsibilities, roles, and limitations of these entities in advancing policy and community change for the common good. (View resources from this workshop)

    • Luke Fischer, Deputy Director, League of Minnesota Cities
    • Sara Hollie, Racial and Health Equity Administrator, Ramsey County
    • Judy Johnson, District 1 Council Member, Metropolitan Council
    • C. Terrence Anderson, Director of Community Programs, CURA - U of MN
    • Angelica Klebsch, Senior Director of Policy and Community Development, CLUES

Making Your Research Accessible to Community Partners

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1–3 pm
Room 50b Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of M West Bank campus

For academic research to impact policy and practice, it must be accessible to policy makers, practitioners, and lay audiences. This workshop will present strategies and best practices for making your research accessible to community partners and public audiences. Topics will include writing for non-academic audiences, telling stories with data through data visualization and mapping, and presenting your ideas through effective slide presentation design. (View resources from this workshop)

    • Joe Moses, Senior Lecturer, Department of Writing Studies
    • Michael J. Beckstrand, Mixed-Methods Research Associate and Research Support Services, Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS) 
    • Kristen Murray, Program Developer, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)
    • Todd Reubold, Associate Director, EM-Lab, Institute on the Environment

Community Resilience Across the Disciplines

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 1–3 pm
Room 15 Walter F. Mondale Hall, U of M West Bank campus

Resiliency has become a ubiquitous concept in the twenty-first century. However, the term has very different meanings across different disciplines and domains—from child development and emergency preparedness to engineering and ecology. Panelists will explore the sociocultural context for the emergence of resiliency as a key concept, discuss field-specific definitions in their own areas of research and practice, and consider the key characteristics of resiliency at a community scale. (View resources from this workshop)

    • Peter Calow, Professor, Department of Geography, Environment & Society and Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    • Chris DesRoches, Design, Engagement and Planning, The Musicant Group
    • Ron Harris, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Minneapolis
    • Ann Masten, Regents Professor, Institute of Child Development, College of Education and Human Development

For questions or accommodation requests, contact Sarah at or (612) 625-6550.

Sponsored by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), and the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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