Community Engagement Breakout Sessions

All events held in the Alumni Memorial Union.

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

Lynch Lounge, 3rd floor

8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Lynch Lounge

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

Dr. Timothy Eatman, dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community and associate professor of Urban Education at Rutgers University

Breakout Session 1: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Building a Community-Academic Partnership: Lessons from the Inside

Jared Olson, PhD candidate, Medical College of Wisconsin and Adjunct Instructor, Marquette University College of Nursing
Antoine Carter, Program Director, Milwaukee Urban Gardens, Groundwork Milwaukee

The prospect of building a community-academic partnership can seem daunting and overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you find a partner? What should you expect? How long until we’ve solved all the problems? Well, we’d like to offer our two cents with a real world look at building a community-academic partnership from the ground up. During this interactive workshop we’ll share with you some of the lessons we’ve learned during the three year partnership between Groundwork Milwaukee and researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Our partnership has sought to link neighbor-led community gardens on vacant lots with neighborhood health benefits, and we’ll share our story to help you prepare for your next partnership. We’ll address common pitfalls and myths about partnerships and share with you tools to help negotiate the partnership building process. This session will address the concerns of both potential community partners and potential academic partners.

Partnering for Social Justice: Access to Civil Legal Aid

Angela Schultz, Assistant Dean for Public Service, Marquette University Law School
Mary Ferwerda, Executive Director, Milwaukee Justice Center

The Milwaukee Justice Center is an outstanding example of successful partnerships between public, private, and educational organizations to address a serious social justice concern in the Milwaukee community--meaningful and fair access to the civil justice system. The Milwaukee Justice Center provides self-help services through the development of successful partnerships between Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee County Child Support Services, several area law firms and higher educational institutions, as well as local community organizations and churches. Utilizing over 350 students, attorneys, and community members, the Milwaukee Justice Center serves around 10,000 people annually with a value of over $1.2 million in free legal services provided.

Catholic Higher Education Supporting Catholic Schools in Milwaukee: the Seton Catholic Schools (SCS) Experience

Thomas Kiely, MU Institute for Catholic Leadership
Jennifer Maney, Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education ConsortiumWilliam Hughes, Chief Academic Officer, Seton Catholic Schools
Michelle Paris, Principal, Northwest Catholic, Seton Catholic SchoolJeannie Stranzl, MU Trinity Fellow at SCS
Julie Radford, MU College of Nursing

The session focuses on the role of established and emerging cross-sector partnerships supporting the growth and effectiveness of PreK-8 Catholic education in Milwaukee. Building on formal and targeted relationships Marquette has served Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in multiple ways. This session describes the levels of this partnership highlighting the emerging work of Seton Catholic Schools. By reinvigorating the Catholic schools of Milwaukee these initiatives aim at assisting community development in the neighborhoods the schools serve.

WaterMarks: An Atlas of Water and the City of Milwaukee

Mary Ann Bonet, Manager of Community Engagement, Haggerty Museum
Mary Miss, Founder and Artistic Director, City as Living Laboratory

Water plays a key role in Milwaukee’s history, identity, and economy. The Haggerty Museum of Art proposes to tell this story through WaterMarks, a public art initiative exemplifying the museum’s commitment to projects that engage people in collaborative aesthetic experiences. The lead artist for the project is Mary Miss, whose socially engaged art practice and methodology, known as City as Living Laboratory (CALL), utilizes art installations to call attention to issues related to sustainability. The Haggerty is activating key nodes in the WaterMarks atlas through bi-directional programming partnerships with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Headquarters, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, and UCC Acosta Middle School. The WaterMarks project will make the city’s water story and infrastructure visible and personal, serving as a bridge between the region’s water planning, policy, research, and programming initiatives and the constituents and communities that they serve.

Bringing Minorities into the Center of History and Debate: Community Engagement in Gender Narratives

Dr. Enaya Othman, Director of AMWRRI’s History Project, Director of Arabic Language and Cultural Studies, Assistant Professor, Marquette University
Rawan Atari, AMWRRI Volunteer, Marquette Alum Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, Ball State University
Rawan Oudeh, AMWRRI Volunteer, Biological Sciences, Marquette University
Theresa Bridges, AMWRRI Researcher, English Department, Marquette University
Ibtisam M. Abujad, Instructor of Arabic Language, Literature, and Culture, Marquette University

This workshop showcases the collaboration of academia, non-profit organizations, and marginalized communities to combat longstanding bigotry and stereotypes. Since its establishment in 2009, Marquette students and faculty have been working with the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute, AMWRRI, to collect the histories and experiences of Arab and Muslim communities for the goal of raising awareness on issues of social justice and women’s rights. This collaboration gives Marquette students first-hand experiences with Arab and Muslim community organizations and members. In this workshop, Marquette faculty and students will discuss the way in which their engagement with marginalized Arab and Muslim communities in Milwaukee has had an impact on bringing issues of gender, identity, ethnicity, and migration to the heart of public debate.

Story Circle

Dr. Timothy K. Eatman, Keynote Speaker

Breakout Session 2: 11 a.m. – Noon

Collective Voice for Community Engagement: Marquette's Role in the Campus Compact Movement

Dr. Gavin Luter, Executive Director Wisconsin Campus Compact

The community engagement movement in higher education is embodied by the organization known as "Campus Compact," and Marquette University has been a member of Campus Compact since its beginnings in Wisconsin. At this session, participants will learn about opportunities to participate in the national movement to ensure campuses are connected with communities. Participants will learn about grants and special opportunities, professional development, technical support and consulting, and advocacy efforts available to Marquette University faculty, staff, and students. The presentation will also offer a conceptual overview of the many facets of the community engagement field. There will be an interactive aspect to the presentation where participants have an opportunity to offer suggestions, thoughts, and critiques of the movement.

Community Engaged Scholars: Mentoring Network as an Institutional System to Impact Healthcare

Jessica De Santis, MA Ed.
Sarah O’Connor, MS Medical College of Wisconsin

There is wide acceptance in the literature that collaborative work with community is an important strategy for public health promotion and health research. The practice of Community Engagement (CE) includes many community engaged research (CEnR) approaches along a continuum leading to policy change and action. Additional research is needed to document the steps that lead to institutional change and health research reform. The purpose of this research is to identify an approach for instituting policy change at an academic medical center, through the implementation of a CE mentoring network. The Community Engaged Scholars: Mentoring Network consists of experienced community engaged researchers serving as mentors to earlier career researchers interested in building their capacity to conduct CEnR. The inaugural cohort of this Mentoring Network began in early 2017. The ultimate goal of this program is creating institutional change that facilitates the orientation of researchers, health professionals and community practitioners to CEnR.

Poetry in Motion: An Examination of Literacy Learning on The Ice Age Trail

Dr. Kelly Hatch, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

As a fellow in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Community Based Learning fellowship, I have begun a project in which Pre-Service teachers in my Children’s Literature: Service-Learning course have partnered with The Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA). The IATA provides education outreach to 17 school districts, including Milwaukee’s Camp Goodrich and The Boys and Girls Club, across the state of Wisconsin. This program, titled Saunters, infuses core educational concepts into trips on the Ice Age Trail. Through observations, interviews, surveys and artifact collection, I examine best practices for teaching Literacy in the context of the Saunters program. Additionally, I have reconstructed my Children’s Literature course in order to utilize the Ice Age Trail as our classroom. While my study began purely as an examination of best practices for teaching Literacy, I have been confronted by the importance of understanding my students’ perceptions of, and feelings about, Service-Learning, too.

What Fractures our Community: Reflections from the Marquette ‘On the Table’ Event

Dr. Carie Hertzberg, Burke Scholarship Program Director
Panel of Burke Scholars and Trinity Fellows

On October 17, 2017, Marquette University hosted a "super table" of 160 community leaders and members, faculty, staff, students and alumni to have conversations on what fractures and heals our community. In this session, Burke Scholars and Trinity Fellows will share the findings and themes from the 20 round table discussion and how they see themselves in building community across the city and engage participants through their distinct programs. Participants will have a chance to grapple with findings and discuss next steps.

Local Best Practices in Engaged Research, Teaching and Service

Mandadra Rainey, Milwaukee Center for Independence
Dr. Ruth Ann Belknap, Professor, MU College of Nursing
Dr. Robert Fox, Chair/Professor, MU Counselor Education
Dr. Christine Holmes, CEO, Penfield Children’s Center

Learn more about the collaboration that led to NNS, whose mission is to provide a balanced picture of the city’s low-income minority neighborhoods through professional, objective reporting.

Latina/o Well-being Research Initiative

Lisa Edwards, PhD, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Lucas Torres, Associate Professor, Psychology, Marquette University

The Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative (LWRI) was developed to deepen community engagement and advance academic scholarship pertaining to Latina/o well-being in Milwaukee. This initiative focused on bringing together community stakeholders and researchers to identify and develop culturally-relevant research projects specific to pressing issues within Milwaukee. Over the past years LWRI has reached several key milestones, including: the development of an Action Group comprised of community and academics, the articulation of a collaboration model, the compilation of existing data about well-being among Latina/os in the community, and the development of the infrastructure (e.g., business plan, promotion plan) needed to sustain and grow the work of the initiative. Currently, LWRI is poised to launch a multi-site community mental health survey. This panel will provide an opportunity to discuss the development of this initiative as well as future goals.

Engineering a Better Milwaukee: A STEM Initiative

Efrain Torres, Biomedical Engineering-Bioelectronics
Jason Ruetten, Biomedical Engineering Society
Opus College of Engineering, Marquette University

The Marquette Biomedical Engineering Society has been pioneering a comprehensive program over the past year to give Inner City High School students exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, and College life. This has given underrepresented schools the STEM exposure that they have been lacking for years. BMES has developed a program to foster relationships with local schools in need, expose inner-city students to STEM fields, and give them skills they would otherwise have never come across. The goal of this initiative is to give these students an exposure to STEM they would have otherwise missed out on, push students to broaden their horizons, and inspire these students to go beyond their own expectations for themselves, be it in STEM or other fields.

Lunch: 12:15 p.m.

Ballroom, 3rd floor

Remarks by Dr. Dan Myers, Provost, Marquette University Awards presentation by Jeanne Hossenlopp, Vice President of Research and Innovation

Breakout Session 3: 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Community-Based Work-Study: Healthy Partnerships and Positive Outcomes

Ben Trager- Program Facilitator, Director of Community-Based Learning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Emily Romeril- CLIP student
Tania Espinoza-Bonilla- CLIP student
Catherine Draeger- CLIP community partner
Angie Reynolds- CLIP HR coordinator

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s (UWM) Community Leaders Internship Program (CLIP) utilizes the high-impact educational practices of internships and community-based learning in combination with in-class reflection opportunities to create a unique educational experience for students. The success of CLIP is contingent on strong community-university partnerships. Community partners not only provide practical work experiences for students, they also commit to serving as co-educators. UWM’s Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research has developed systems to cultivate and nurture strong relationships to ensure that needs of community organizations are fulfilled while also providing meaningful educational experiences for students. From intake processes and ongoing partner communication to student advising, mentoring, and assessment; emphasis is placed on reciprocity, and mutual benefits to all those involved in CLIP. This emphasis creates a robust program that not only increases capacity at community-based organizations, but also provides space for students to interrogate their current positionality, developing their civic and professional identities.

Engaging with Film

Lynne Blinkenberg, Associate Director, Wisconsin Campus Compact

Public screenings, either on campus or in your community, of critically acclaimed documentaries, followed by audience discussions with local experts or facilitators, have powerful effects on public dialogue, participation and involvement. This session will discuss the nuts & bolts of hosting a film-based event or series to meet core community needs and bridge the gap between viewing a film and creating community dialogue and action.

Community Engagement in Action: Cultural Adaptation of the Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS) for Older African Americans

Kimberlee Gretebeck, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Marquette University College of Nursing;
Teresa Skora, NP, Milwaukee Health Services;
Stephanie Houston, MBA, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health;
Maebe Brown, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation;
Earlise Ward, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing;
Lucretia Sullivan-Wade, Research Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
PALS Facilitator, PALS Participant, SET Ministries Representative,

Panel Facilitator:
Gina Green-Harris, MBA, Director, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships

Older African Americans (AAs) have the highest rate of disability of any racial/ethnic group. Physical activity is associated with improved physical function and health outcomes but less than 25% of older AAs meet recommended levels. They rarely participate in physical activity programs because existing programs do not incorporate cultural-specific factors that influence recruitment and retention of AAs. PALS is an 8 ½ month evidence-based program designed to improve physical function and health outcomes. Working with our collaborative community partners, we culturally adapted and piloted PALS and evaluated effectiveness of implementation over 3 years. The purpose of this panel presentation is to discuss the 1) process of culturally adapting PALS through active community engagement during each step; 2) pilot results from perspectives of a community advisory board; community partners, a PALS facilitator and participant; SET Ministries; and academic researchers; and 3) lessons learned and next steps moving toward dissemination.

Opening Doors 2 Community Research: A novel, community-based Human Subjects Protections Training

Ryan Spellecy, Ursula von der Ruhr Professor of Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin
Al Castro, Director, Health Research Department, United Community Center
Jennifer Hollenstein, IRB Manager, Medical College of Wisconsin
Catherine Pedersen, Director, Friedens Community Ministries
Mirtha Sosa Pacheco, Program Coordinator, Health Research Department, United Community Center

This interactive session will describe a multi-year collaboration between academic, community partners representing Latino, African American, and hunger relief agencies, and regulatory partners that focused on facilitating community research by 1) Creating a community-friendly and relevant Human Subjects Protection Training curriculum and 2) a research translation policy (i.e. consent forms, advertisements, etc.) that does not burden community partners. The curriculum and policy will be discussed, as well as the history of the partnership, lessons learned, and the reason these two projects were identified by all three groups as a priority. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in components of the curriculum to experience first-hand how to engage adult community research partners in a meaningful manner that does not merely fulfill a requirement for training, but provides value to community partners.

Writing for Community Engagement

Jenn Fishman, Associate Professor of English and Director of First-Year English, Marquette University
Elizabeth Angeli, Assistant Professor of English
Saul Lopez, Coordinator of High School Connections Leadership Cluster, Ott Memorial Writing Center
Cedric Burrows, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Lilly Campbell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of English, and Beth Godbee, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Community engagement calls on educators from every area of expertise to get involved. This roundtable showcases the many ways in which 6 scholar-teachers from a single discipline, rhetoric and composition/writing studies, contribute to community-based educational efforts. Their presentations will offer concrete examples of curricular and extracurricular, pedagogical and scholarly, programmatic and personal ways they connect campus and community. Substantial time will be reserved for colleagues from all disciplines to share experiences, ask questions, and propose topics for further discussion.

Service Learning in life sciences: Successes and Challenges

Dr. Laurieann Klockow, Clinical Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, MU College of Health Sciences
Dr. Judith Maloney, Clinical Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Service learning can have a positive impact on both academic and civic learning. While it is widely used in the humanities, its use in life sciences classes is limited. Difficulties perceived by life science faculty include time constraints, assessment, identification of relevant community service experiences, and integration of service learning with course content. To explore these issues, we will describe our development and implementation of service learning in two biomedical sciences courses, each using a different model of service learning. Student survey results, along with analysis of student reflection papers indicate that service learning, regardless of the model used, led to positive gains in academic learning, personal development and civic engagement. In this workshop, we will describe our experiences, as well as discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing service learning in a life science course and invite participants to consider how they could incorporate service learning in their courses.

Reception: 3 – 4 p.m.

Lynch Lounge, 3rd floor

Engaged Practitioners Networking Reception and Poster Session

Group gathering at the NWSP logo unveiling



Deepening Partnerships in Pursuit of Social Justice
Nov. 13, 2018
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.


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