Rhode Island College’s Dialogue on Diversity Committee Presents the
16th Annual Multicultural Conference
Civic and Community Engagement
Saturday, November 2, 2013
This year’s Promising Practices conference theme is “Engagement.” The conference will explore contemporary efforts to engage students in the key social, political, economic and environmental challenges of our time. The conference will showcase the broad range of contemporary approaches to engagement, from courses that include service or other community work requirements, to projects in which students investigate compelling local concerns, to participatory collaborations with community groups, to activist pedagogies, and beyond. A special focus will be on the use of engaged pedagogies to (1) promote understanding of social difference, (2) achieve social justice, and (3) champion civic responsibility.
Howard Rosing, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote speech. Dr. Rosing is the Executive Director of the Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning at DePaul University. He is a cultural anthropologist whose research is focused upon urban food access, economic restructuring, community food systems, and food justice movements in Chicago and the Dominican Republic. He is currently completing a study with DePaul students on community food systems development in partnership with non-profit organizations in four Chicago neighborhoods. Dr. Rosing also co-edited Pedagogies of Praxis: Course-Based Action Research in the Social Sciences (Jossey-Bass, 2007).
Promising Practices 2013: Call for Proposals
According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, engagement is designed to “enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.”
We invite proposals for workshops (50 minute sessions) that showcase and critically reflect on particular approaches to civic and community engagement. We aim to explore the range of contemporary civic and community engagement pedagogies, and so seek contributions that consider forms of engagement suited to diverse communities and educational contexts (from elementary to secondary to post-secondary) and that involve students with local, regional, national, and global communities. We encourage presenters to consider the following guiding conference questions:
- What learning objectives should guide our pedagogical practices?
- What guidelines should we use when designing experiential learning activities that foster community engagement?
- What unique challenges does engaged teaching and learning pose for educators?
- How do we implement and evaluate our best practices?
- How do we design pedagogical practices that encourage critical examination of social difference, social justice and civic responsibility?
- How do we measure community impact?
- What positive/negative impact(s) does/might engagement have on understanding diversity?
Your contribution to this conference is important! Proposals can be submitted until July 19th, 2013. Please use the submission form below to submit your proposal.