Workshop 1: Stimulating Small Business Growth and Jobs in the Community by Educating Marquette Students to Analyze, and Fund, Small Business Loans
A partnership with Town Bank and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 163
Kent Belasco, Director, Commercial Banking Program, Marquette University
Marquette University recently established a new program in Commercial Banking to capitalize on the “applied” focus of business education at Marquette. Recognizing the importance of small business loans in the community, a curriculum was developed to educate students in the art of underwriting business loans. Students gain experience by analyzing “live” credits emerging from the communities we serve. A revolving loan fund of approximately $1,000,000 was established, through Town Bank, a local community bank, and in conjunction with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative (WWBIC), a not-for-profit micro-lender, to extend credit to start-up small businesses within the community. This not only helps to strengthen the fabric of the community and helps to align these goals with the urban areas served by both Marquette and Milwaukee. Students, in the program analyze these requests, present them to a credit committee of bankers, and extend loans to the local community businesses. The objective is to build a functioning portfolio, managed by the students, which supports the needs of the community and integrates the university with the broader objectives of Milwaukee, as well as the overall economy through job creation, in addition to creating jobs for students and talent for the industry.
Workshop 2: Cycling Without Age: A Pilot Study Examining Social Isolation and Quality of Life among Elderly Residents in a Skilled Nursing Setting
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 252
Kate Ksobiech, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
“Cycling Without Age” (CWA) is an international outdoor leisure activity program targeting senior citizens. As mobility typically decreases as we age, our ability to navigate outside of our living space often decreases. Lack of mobility positively correlates with perceived social isolation and is inversely correlated with perceived QOL (quality of life). In this pilot study, residents in a skilled nursing unit at Fairhaven Senior Living in Whitewater, Wisconsin participated in CWA through one or more rides on a specially designed trishaw, which seats the passenger in front of the person navigating. Feasibility of carrying out the program on a wider scale will be discussed, along with initial findings.
Workshop 3: Situating Community Engagement within Intersections of Critical Theory and the Social Sciences: Community Engagement for Consciousness and Social Justice
Alumni Memorial Union, 3rd floor, Ballroom CD
Aaliyah Baker, Associate Professor, Cardinal Stritch University
Tyanna McLaurin, Assistant Director, Service Learning Program, Marquette University
Sylvia Wynter, in On Being Human as Praxis, conceptualizes humanity as it encompasses thought and knowledge, and the intellectual struggle for freedom (McKittrick, 2015). This intellectual struggle for freedom can happen at the crux of community engagement for 21st century institutions of higher education. We come together as critically and civically engaged scholars at two institutions of higher education, with different university responsibilities, yet share a common interest in exploring critical theory in the work of community engagement. Representations of research and service can cultivate opportunities to bring about social change. However, the forms by which these representations take place may be limited in their ability to connect critical theory to practice if we fail to collaborate in more meaningful ways.
The Milwaukee area has suffered effects of race related sanctions which have yet to be eradicated. Critical race theory becomes a unique and integral component of being able to challenge systems of oppression in society. Researchers use this analytical lens as a tool for unpacking race-based issues. At the same time, community organizations are at a unique advantage to engage and enrich higher education learning through literary, artistic, and theoretical representations of race in community engaged work. We offer this session as an open dialogue/discussion on how to infuse critical thought into community engaged work so that the intellectual struggle for freedom happens collectively between and within the community at large and institutions of higher education. We focus on critical theory as the precursor/prerequisite to community engaged learning.
Workshop 4: Narrating Freedom: Collaboration in Questioning Identity
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 157
Julie Ashlock, Associate Dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Milwaukee Area Technical College
Theresa Tobin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Development, Graduate School; Associate Professor of Philosophy, Marquette University
Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio, Lecturer, Marquette University
According to Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state is on pace for having over 25,000 adults incarcerated by 2021 (2018). Reaching record highs, the communities that are hardest hit are those in urban Milwaukee. Recognizing a need for action, leaders from two of Milwaukee’s higher and postsecondary education institutions worked together to bring awareness to issues of mass incarceration. Dr. Theresa Tobin (Marquette University), Dr. Julie Ashlock (Milwaukee Area Technical College) and PhD students, Ms. Marisola Xhelili and Jennifer Marra (Marquette University) partnered to create a unique learning experience for traditional and non-traditional students from their two neighboring schools. Marquette University (MU) offered a 3-credit course PHIL 4931: Narrating Freedom: Gender, Race, and Mass Incarceration, to students of both colleges. Students worked together investigating experiences of being incarcerated, questioning social identity and construct. Students attended class at both campuses, in addition to a field trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum, experiencing the different environment and culture of each place. Students gained a greater appreciation for their shared human experience and expressed themselves through written and visual form. This session will share briefly the successes of this partnership, including expansions of the model being piloted next semester (SP 2020), as well as significant challenges around educational access and equity that this partnership exposed and that models like this may unintentionally exacerbate.
Workshop 5: “So You Want to Meet My Family?” – Effectively Engaging the Community in Research
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 254
Al Castro, Health Research Program Director, United Community Center
Shary Perez, Health Research Program Coordinator, United Community Center
Effective community engaged research by academic/research institutions may involve similar characteristics as a “blended marriage” in order for a successful partnership. From the initial dating to engagement, to accepting the other partner’s children and family members and their way of doing things, then marriage or union, creating a home and sharing the raising of step-children, working to support the family, and aging together, the two partners are tasked with sharing, learning, and growing together in stages, while learning how to communicate and managing a dynamic relationship towards common interests. From the community partner side, we propose these are similar dynamics encountered in community engaged research, in which the collaborative relationship develops in stages (or steps) for true engagement (as in the STEPS model, A. Adams etal.) and may be used as a guide to effectively engage the community in health research.
In this workshop you learn the value of how to best approach a community, and of collaborating with community partners in an ethnic community (in this case, a Latino community) to enhance culturally effective and acceptable study designs and engagement of the target community. You will learn of what community organizations see is important to assess, change and measure, and to see beyond the research project, and how the community needs to have a voice in the efforts. You will learn of examples of successful or promising community engaged health research projects with academic partners.
Workshop 6: MU Engage: Marquette University’s New Community Engagement Data System
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 227
Kim Jensen Bohat, Director, Service Learning Program, Center for Teaching and Learning, Marquette University
Campbell Hill, Student, Marquette University
Jessica Yohannan, Student, Marquette University
Sara Manjee, Student, Marquette University
If you are a faculty member who teaches a service learning course; Or, a community member who hosts volunteers at your organization, this session is for you! Join students and staff as they present on the university’s new community engagement data system – MU Engage. The site tracks and reports on the myriad service engagements that our students, faculty, staff, and community partners have with one another in advancing the critical work of community engagement. They will spend time overviewing the database and its purpose and provide attendees the opportunity to build and create their own profiles. Presenters will be available for support and assistance where it is needed.