Community Engagement Symposium

Deepening Partnerships in Pursuit of Social Justice


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Lynch Lounge, 3rd floor


8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Poster Display and Charging Station

Lynch Lounge, 3rd floor


8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Michael Lovell, President, Marquette University

Ballroom, 3rd floor


8:40 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address by Dr. Howard Fuller


9:45-10:45 a.m. Breakout Session 1


Workshop 1: Ballroom C

Collective Impact: A Community Coming Together to Accomplish Social Change

Lorna Dilley, Impact Manager, Milwaukee Succeeds

Jonathan Dunn, Goal Manager (Milwaukee Succeeds), Program Director (HERA)

Joseph Gallagher, K-12 Success Manager, Milwaukee Succeeds

Too often, nonprofit organizations are working in isolation, even when their objectives are aligned. The role of Milwaukee Succeeds, and other collective impact organizations, is to ensure community efforts towards social change are both coordinated and mutually reinforced towards better outcomes. Milwaukee Succeeds strives for cradle to career success for all in the city of Milwaukee. Learn more about the scope of our work and gain firsthand insight on the importance of collective impact.


Workshop 2: Room 254

A Community Engaged Approach to Creating Professional Career Pipelines for Hispanic Students

Facilitator: Al Castro, United Community Center Panel

Presenters:

Tim Balke, Youth Program Director, United Community Center/ Bruce Guadalupe Community School

Elise McNamara, Associate Director, Corporate Work Student Program, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Jane Hopp, Carroll University

A hands-on interactive discussion and small group-sharing of ideas and current initiatives in developing Hispanic students for the current and future workforce of healthcare, social sciences, education, and other areas. Learn of current collaborations in the Milwaukee area and get ideas of what you can develop for your organization or institution. Interact and meet with others with similar interests to explore potential collaborations.

Workshop 3: Room 305

How Involved is Your Organization? Nonprofit Analysis on Voter Registration and Lobbying Efforts

Ashley Benson, Trinity Fellow and Graduate Student, Marquette University

Kyle Hagge, Trinity Fellow and Graduate Student, Marquette University

Nonprofits are uniquely positioned within communities due to their connection with stakeholders as well as residents who are not traditionally touched by political actors. This positioning provides the opportunity to address systemic challenges and implement long-term solutions. We surveyed Milwaukee nonprofits to see if they were utilizing two major tools at their disposal: voter registration drives and lobbying. This survey is the beginning of a process to encourage organizations in Milwaukee to strive for systems change through underutilized, yet extremely powerful, mechanisms. Come learn about our findings and engage in small and large group discussions about voter engagement through nonprofit organizations.


Workshop 4: Room 252

Arts-Informed Research Methods and Community Engaged Research

Kristin Haglund, Associate Professor

Angela Ortiz, Doctoral Student, College of Nursing

Aimee Woda, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Ruth Ann Belknap, Professor Emerita, College of Nursing

In this session, we will describe arts-informed research methods and the synergy of these methods with community engaged research. We will present several community engaged research studies in which artsbased methods were used including photo elicitation, percussion and dance, and theater. We will provide recommendations regarding how to implement arts-informed research methods in community settings.

 

Workshop 5: Ballroom D

Keynote Talk Back

Dr. Howard Fuller

Continue the conversation with keynote Dr. Millard Fuller with a deeper dive and Q&A session.


Workshop 6: Room 163

Marquette University Task Force on Community Engagement 2.0

Presenters from the Community Engagement Task Force

In the summer of 2018, Marquette University launched a university/community-wide task force to engage in a process to institutionalize and grow community engagement efforts. More specifically, we want to create a system in which internal and external community-engaged partners, researchers, educators, staff and student are well supported and can navigate the university smoothly and efficiently in community engagement work. In this session, participants will hear a summary of findings thus far and engage in a SWOT analysis of community engagement at Marquette University. We are eager to include your voice!


11 a.m.-12 p.m. Breakout Session 2


Workshop 1: Ballroom C

Salud Mental Milwaukee: Collaboration and Research by the Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative

Lucas Torres, Associate Professor, Psychology, Marquette University

Lisa M. Edwards, Professor, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University

Claire Bird, Doctoral Student, Psychology, Marquette University

Karina Loyo, Doctoral Student, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University

The Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative (LWRI) is comprised of representatives from several Milwaukee agencies and organizations who share a mission to implement community-engaged, innovative research addressing the well-being of our local Latinx community. In this presentation, we will discuss the history of LWRI and the collaborative model that is used to address community goals. We will also discuss the most recent research project initiated by LWRI, Salud Mental Milwaukee. The process of collaboration and preliminary findings from this mental health community assessment will be shared. Finally, opportunities to discuss community perspectives and opportunities for future research will be provided.


Workshop 2: Ballroom D

Development of a Research Partnership to Examine Restorative Practices in Milwaukee Public Schools

Jamee Carroll, Graduate Student, Psychology, Marquette University

Andrew DeLutio, Violence Prevention, Milwaukee Public Schools

John Grych, Psychology, Marquette University

Astrida Kaugars, Psychology, Marquette University

Kimberly Merath, Violence Prevention, Milwaukee Public Schools

This presentation will describe the development of an ongoing research collaboration between members of the Marquette University psychology department and Violence Prevention Program staff at Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). The team has been working together for two years and recently received a grant to conduct a study of the use of restorative practices (RP) in MPS high schools. Restorative practices seek to build a more supportive and cohesive community in schools. Further, restorative practices aim to reduce reliance on exclusionary discipline practices, which have been disproportionately used with students of color and have been shown to adversely affect academic and psychosocial functioning. Members of the team from Marquette and from MPS will share their perspectives from both sides of this universitycommunity partnership. They will address the process of identifying shared goals, challenges encountered and (largely) surmounted, lessons learned (so far), and benefits gained.


Workshop 3: Room 254

Refugee Resettlement in Milwaukee

Bethany Woodson, Graduate Student and Trinity Fellow, International Affairs and Transition Specialist, International Institute of Wisconsin

Brigitte Potter, International Institute of Wisconsin

Refugee crises are one of the most important issues facing the global community today; increased conflicts have led to more refugees globally than ever before. Understanding the successes and failures of refugee resettlement programs is essential to humanitarian action and global peace and security. Though the United States has been resettling refugees for many decades, the resettlement and integration process lacks consensus and sufficient data. Some data are collected about refugees when they arrive, but there is a serious lack of longitudinal data about the refugee community. Milwaukee, Wisconsin has accepted refugees into the community for many years and recently has seen an increase in their refugee population. Assessing the programming offered by the International Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
over the past several years will create a foundation for resettlement agencies, policy makers and others in the global community to determine challenges and opportunities for the future. This project will focus on in-depth measurement of the success of Milwaukee’s refugee community in terms of integration and is essential to improving the lives of refugees in Milwaukee as well as increasing their potential contributions to American society as a whole.

 

Workshop 4: Room 305

Aurora Healing and Advocacy Services and the #MeToo Movement

Sharain Horn | Director of Aurora Healing and Advocacy Services | Aurora Health Care

Just over one year ago the #MeToo movement picked up speed with the celebrity allegations of sexual misconduct that were all over the media. From Harvey Weinstein to our former beloved Bill Cosby, everywhere we looked more and more victims and survivors of sexual assault we naming their perpetrators and saying “me too”. This break out session will allow an opportunity to discuss the current state of affairs around sexual violence in our community and share resources available to those that have experienced violence or know someone who has.


Workshop 5: Room 157

Mental Illness Policy and Practice: Grand Avenue Club as a " Community That Works!"

Rachel Forman, Ph.D., Executive Director, Grand Avenue Club

M. Kathleen Eilers, Behavioral Health Division of Milwaukee County/Milwaukee County Mental Health Board

Kevin Ellis, Grand Avenue Club Frances Hanson, Grand Avenue Club

The presentation will include a macro and historical perspective of the social service approaches of the last 30 years, the history of the Clubhouse movement, the creation of GAC by a successful coalition of Milwaukeeans and the support of that coalition by Milwaukee County officials, the unique organization of GAC as a place where members and staff are "colleagues," and the success of the approach. Data will be presented on the impact of our approach in reducing hospitalization, incarceration and medical costs for engaged members and the ways in which members' success at work and school has markedly reduced stigma about mental illness. GAC will be compared to other programs. In addition, as two of the presenters are members of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, we will offer a description of current efforts to respond to the fact that one out of five Milwaukeeans will experience a mental illness in his/her lifetime.


Workshop 6: Room 163

Marquette University Task Force on Community Engagement 2.0

Presenters from the Community Engagement Task Force

In the summer of 2018, Marquette University launched a university/community-wide task force to engage in a process to institutionalize and grow community engagement efforts. More specifically, we want to create a system in which internal and external community-engaged partners, researchers, educators, staff and student are well supported and can navigate the university smoothly and efficiently in community engagement work. In this session, participants will hear a summary of findings thus far and engage in a SWOT analysis of community engagement at Marquette University. We are eager to include your voice!


12:15 p.m. Lunch and Awards Program Ballroom, 3rd floor

Remarks by Acting Provost Dr. Kimo Ah Yun

Community Engagement Awards presentation by Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, Vice President for Research and Innovation


1:45-2:45 p.m. Breakout Session 3


Workshop 1: Room Henke Lounge, 2nd Floor

Community Engagement Foundation Panel

Milwaukee Foundations

As communities continue to explore place-based solutions to complex challenges and opportunities, this panel will consider academic-community organization collaborations and partnerships, and the roles that foundations can serve in supporting them. Participants in the session will hear from representatives from various local foundations regarding the impact of academic-community organization collaborations, and the potential benefits and challenges of these types of partnerships.

 

Workshop 2: Ballroom C

Partnerships in Urban Education: Our Multi-Faceted Approach to Partnering

Anthony McHenry, Chief Executive Officer

Chris Schwab, Chief Academic Officer

Tresca Meiling, Development and Community Engagement Manager Organization: Milwaukee Academy of Science

The Milwaukee Academy of Science (MAS) and Marquette University have found a way to make partnerships a valuable resource in tipping the scales for our urban scholars. Together, we partner with faculty and students from MU’s STEM, Education, and Sports Science/Athletics departments, as well as hosting volunteers and service learners. If you can believe it, there is Marquette student somewhere on our campus every single day! Learn how being open to a multitude of opportunities has created a strong relationship between our organizations that benefit students and staff on both sides of the table.


Workshop 3: Ballroom D

Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM)

Amy Lovell, Executive Director, REDgen and SWIM Adhoc Board Member

SWIM aims to explore whether there are strategic new ways to redeploy the region’s existing stable of clinics, counselors, healers, and the small but growing number of trauma-responsive employment agencies and job training programs. That’s no small feat in Milwaukee, where agencies and nonprofits operate in silos. Come learn about SWIM’s efforts and engage in small group discussions about you and your organization’s role in promoting healing and systematic change in Milwaukee.


Workshop 4: Room 157

The Foundation of Trust in Authentic Community Engagement as Demonstrated through the Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health

Blake Tierney, Project Coordinator for Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health, Trinity Fellow at Marquette University

Troney Small, Autism Family Navigator, Milwaukee Autism Project

Joelissa Castillo, Community Health Worker Strategy Coordinator, Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health

Trust is an active process that must be intentionally fostered through time, transparency, and authenticity before and throughout a bidirectional partnership. Since its inception, the Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health (CCMH) has focused its efforts on improving the social and emotional health of children ages 0-8 in the City of Milwaukee, recognizing that this change would need to be led by those most impacted. Parent leadership has become a norm in our implementation and connecting parents to resources through trusted intermediaries has been an integral strategy; however, these relationships with parents and community health workers took time to develop. This presentation offers insights into how CCMH recognized its initial shortcomings, built key relationships sustained on trust, instituted supports for
community members based on feedback, developed capacity-expanding learning communities among parents and trusted intermediaries, and started to expand the norm to its partners.


Workshop 5: Room 305

Building Community Partnerships: Outreach by Milwaukee Area Science Advocates

Nora Sadik, Milwaukee Area Science Advocates

Richard Diaz, Dominican Center

Milton Byers, Safe and Sound

John Eshun, Community Advocates

Organizers: Keith Bankert and Jame Schaefer, Milwaukee Area Science Advocates

Community leaders and organizers within Milwaukee’s Amani neighborhood and members of Milwaukee Area Science Advocates have developed an ongoing partnership to raise awareness of lead contamination in the water, soil and homes of the residents and to help mitigate lead’s adverse effects on them. Through a series of role-playing exercises, participants in this workshop will learn about and reflect on techniques that are being used to reach out to others and build effective relationships. Opportunities for becoming involved in this vibrant network will be explored and encouraged.


Workshop 6: Room 254

Cultivating Trust Between the Police and the Communities They Serve

Lieutenant Jill Weisensel, Marquette University Police Department

Strong relationships of mutual trust between police agencies and the communities they serve are critical to maintaining public safety and policing effectively. Police officials rely on the cooperation of community members to provide information about crime in their neighborhoods, and to work with the police to create innovative solutions to problems of crime and disorder. Similarly, community members’ willingness to trust the police depends on whether they believe that police actions reflect community values and incorporate the principles of procedural justice and legitimacy. This workshop will dig deeper into the issue of creating public trust, community oriented policing strategies, and the critical importance of building partnerships between the police and community stakeholders. Attendees will leave with immediately actionable solutions they can bring back to their communities.


Workshop 7: Room 163

Marquette University Task Force on Community Engagement 2.0

Presenters from the Community Engagement Task Force

In the summer of 2018, Marquette University launched a university/community-wide task force to engage in a process to institutionalize and grow community engagement efforts. More specifically, we want to create a system in which internal and external community-engaged partners, researchers, educators, staff and student are well supported and can navigate the university smoothly and efficiently in community engagement work. In this session, participants will hear a summary of findings thus far and engage in a SWOT analysis of community engagement at Marquette University. We are eager to include your voice!


3 – 4 p.m. Engaged Practitioners Networking Reception and Poster Session

Lynch Lounge, 3rd floor

Group gathering at the NWSP logo unveiling

ENGAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM

Registration

Six Pathways to Public Engagement
Nov. 12, 2019
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.



Contact

Daniel J. Bergen, Ph.D.
(414) 288-3033
Executive Director
Office of Community Engagement
daniel.bergen@marquette.edu