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Conferences & Opportunities

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.

Local Opportunities

Curriculum Planning for Engaged Departments May 11, 2016

An engaged department is one in which faculty members share a common commitment to community engagement and public scholarship.  Furthermore, members of the unit support each other in carrying out the best practices of these commitments.  Success for students and community partners can be enhanced when courses and partnerships are developed through collaborative conversations rather than independently of each other.  This workshop will introduce participants to tools and models for intentional curricular assessment and planning within the engaged department, including: curricular mapping, scaffolding strategies, and developmentally-appropriate course and project design.

Event Details
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Community Room at the Nonprofit Armory
330 Marshall Street, Lansing, MI 48912

Register here.


Michigan State University Summer Intensive on Community Engaged Scholarship June 6-9, 2016

The  Michigan State University Summer Intensive on Community Engaged Scholarship is open to twenty early career, tenure-track faculty, and advanced graduate students seeking faculty or staff positions in higher education. There will be a series of fourteen interactive workshops at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.This conference opportunity will allow participants to expand their knowledge regarding community engaged research, teaching and learning, service-learning, and community-based classes.

Once the committee reviews applications, participants accepted into the Summer Intensive will receive email notification including instructions for submitting payment through the online registration system.

Applications Due: Friday, April 15, 2016
Registration and payment due: Friday, May 6, 2016
Registration Fees: $350 (includes breakfast and lunch for four days, a networking reception, parking, and all teaching and learning materials)


Point of Light's Conference on Volunteering and Service June 27-29, 2016

Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service is the largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders in the world.  Over 4,000 nonprofit, corporate and government change makers from around the world are expected to attend providing abundant formal and informal networking opportunities.  Participants gain knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change.  Over the course of three days, attendees will learn from some of today’s most recognized innovators and change makers.

Register here

Questions can be directed to Terry Streetman

National Opportunities

2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting June 2-4, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana

We continue the tradition of meetings that facilitate true exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting will consist of outstanding plenary sessions, informative concurrent and featured sessions, engaging teaching demonstrations, as well as interactive workshops and I3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) conversations.

The ADP, TDC and NASPA communities will partner to increase the breadth and depth of the civic learning and engagement work that we are all committed to across our institutions—both public and private. All three organizations are dedicated to ensuring that students graduate from our colleges and universities prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need. Fostering academic and student affairs partnerships and collaborations on our individual campuses and across our initiatives and associations is imperative to this mutual goal.


Past Events