Critical conversations in community engagement

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Critical Conversations in Community-University Engagement

Come learn how Marquette University faculty and staff are engaging with local communities and beyond through research and partnerships. The breakout sessions will focus on efforts involving community engagement in research and/or teaching. The sessions were previously presented at two national conferences (American Jesuit Colleges and Universities Justice Conference, and the Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference), and are being presented on campus given their local and global relevance. The afternoon will serve as an opportunity to ask questions and explore the exciting and complex landscape of community-university engagement within the city of Milwaukee. Come for a session, or join us for the afternoon. Please register by Wed., February 21, 2018.



1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Welcome

           Dan Bergen, Executive Director of Community Engagement at Marquette University 

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • Terence Miller, Director, Office of International Education
    Film as Evidence and Assessment

  • Irfan Omar, Associate Professor, Theology
    Islam at Jesuit Institutions: Inter-religious Dialogue, Social Justice and Campus Life

  • Dan Bergen, Executive Director, Office of Community Engagement and Cedric Burrows, Assistant Professor, English
    The White Shadow: Urban Settings, Race and Community Engagement

 2:05 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • Jacqueline Schram, Director of Public Affairs & Special Assistant for Native American Affairs and Rana Altenburg, Vice President, Public Affairs
    Rebuilding Routes: How a Catholic Jesuit University is Finding its Way Back to American Indian Communities

  • Angie Harris, Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Sciences
    A Needs Assessment of LGBTQ+ Communities in Southeast Wisconsin: A University and Community Partnership

 2:55 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Christopher Simenz, Clinical Professor, Exercise Science
    Building Capacity for Systems Change through Community Partnership

  • Kelsey Otero, Associate Director of Social Innovation
    Leveraging Social Impact: Promoting and Supporting Social Entrepreneurs in the Local Community

 3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments


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Driven to realize Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission, students, faculty and staff strive to play an increasingly vital role in our city and our world, working with our partners to tackle pressing challenges and build hope where it’s needed most.

Established in early 2016, the university’s Office of Community Engagement serves as the central clearinghouse for community engagement activities, with a focus on bidirectional, community-based research partnerships.

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Daniel J. Bergen, Ph.D.
(414) 288-3033
Executive Director
Office of Community Engagement