Conferences & Events

Throughout the year, the Office for Community Engagement hosts a number of events-ranging in size, scope, and focus-in order to facilitate learning and connection throughout the university and within our community. Additionally, we provide information on upcoming conferences related to the scholarship of engagement. This list is updated regularly as details or new events arise.

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, September 27-30, 2015, Penn State University, Pennsylvania
Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact

This is the 16th annual conference, where participants will work together to advance engaged scholarship as an intrinsic, transformational component of the student, faculty, and staff experience. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization, is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. Their goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. 


The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities 2015 Annual Meeting, October 11-13, 2015, Omaha, Nebraska.
Love of Place: The Metropolitan University Advantage

CUMU focuses on four pillars for sustainable prosperity: K-12 Education, Healthy Communities, Economic Revitalization and Social and Community Development. The Annual Meeting is the premier event for university leaders to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the country. Through panel presentations, roundtable discussions, poster sessions and more, we hope you’ll find this conference as an opportunity to learn about the latest challenges among metropolitan universities and take the time to develop new ideas to further strengthen our work. This year’s theme Love of Place: The Metropolitan University Advantage honors our place as anchor institutions in urban and metropolitan communities. 


Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference 2015, October 14–16, 2015, Newark, New Jersey
ERCC 2015 Moving Us Forward: At the Intersection of Community Engagement and Collective Impact

As a vital agent of social change, higher education is integral to creating vibrant, healthy communities in our towns, cities, regions, and our nation. To this end, the 2015 Eastern Region Campus Compact (ERCC) conference will advance our understanding of the intersection of collective impact and community engagement. This conference will highlight emerging theory and practice in place-based collective impact initiatives, moving beyond isolated efforts to conjoin the resources and assets of higher education with those of our communities. ERCC will provide a forum to showcase the strategic engagement of faculty, students and the wider higher education community through engaged scholarship, cross-sector partnerships, service-learning, student research, and volunteer opportunities.

Pen to Paper Writing Retreat: Writing With, For and About Service- and Community-Engagement, October 22 & 23, 2015, Shelbyville, MI
Presented by: Indiana Campus Compact, Michigan Campus Compact, and Michigan State University
Pen to Paper is an academic writing retreat designed to provide time, space, and resources to help faculty, professional staff and graduate students working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts about service and community-engaged scholarship.  During the two-day retreat participants have time to discuss ideas with journal editors, receive mentoring from faculty coaches, share ideas with colleagues and peers, and write.

2016 Partnership Showcase, January 31, 2015, L.V. Eberhard Center, Pew Campus

Past Events