October 6, 2020

Professional Development Opportunities

Community-engaged learning is an iterative process based on constant reflection. We hope to facilitate more opportunities for conversation between faculty as well as between community partners, faculty, and students. Please let us know of professional development opportunities that you would like to attend or those that we might advertise to both the campus and the local community.



Talking about Teaching Presents Community-Engaged Intensives in the Humanities Panel Event

Friday October 28th 12-1pm in the Aula

For this session, we’ll be discussing community-based learning opportunities supported by the Community Engaged Intensives in the Humanities (CEIH) initiative, funded by Mellon Foundation.  Community-Engaged Intensives in the Humanities are envisioned as innovative learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom with the aim to bring faculty scholarship and teaching into conversation with community interests, needs, and questions. Bill Hoynes and Elizabeth Cannon will also provide information on the application process for the CEIH Mellon Grant that financially supports faculty to explore community partnerships and develop and implement community-engaged intensives in the Humanities.

Lunch will be provided. If you would like to come, please RSVP to Diane Zocchi at dzocchi@vassar.edu by 12pm on Wednesday, October 26.   Please let her know of any dietary restrictions.




Learn more about Critical Service Learning Pedagogy

Wednesday Nov 2nd from 12-1pm in the Jade Parlor

Join the OCEL Team for a Lunch and Learn Series Discussion to learn more about Critical Service-Learning Pedagogy. Critical Service-Learning, coined by Tania D. Mitchell, encourages a more critical approach to community-engaged learning by encouraging students to develop authentic relationships with communities, advocate for justice and social change, and work to redistribute power. Critical service-learning is both a teaching and learning method that involves critical reflection, identity development, and analysis of systemic injustices.

Lunch will be provided. Please email OCEL@vassar.edu by Monday, October 31st at 12noon to RSVP if you would like to attend and if you have any dietary restrictions.



COMPACT 22 National Conference: A Better Way Forward: Innovation with Equity at the Center

March 29 -31, 2022; Online.

Please contact Lisa Kaul (likaul@vassar.edu) if you are interested in attending.



Campus Compact National Webinar series

Please contact Lisa Kaul ( likaul@vassar.edu) if you are interested in attending any session/s.




Radical Imagination in Action: Re-Visioning and Co-Creating Community Engagement

Thursday, November 4, 2021
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EDT)

Due to long-term partnerships that have continued to evolve, during the pandemic Dominican’s Service-Learning program was able to work intensively with partners to support their programming and co-developed new programs to address ongoing equity gaps exacerbated by the pandemic. Most crucially, the pivots and collaborations are grounded in a mutual aid and critical consciousness approach–that acknowledges both trauma and the strengths of collectivist cultures and communities. Innovative programming includes: Leyendo Juntos–a virtual reading pod for K-3rd grade students at a Latino immigrant serving school, and the Digital Literacy and Bilingual Support program with our cohort of heritage Spanish speaking Dominican students that now collaborates with multiple partners. We also created and collaborated on modules and presentations for students and the broader campus community such as the modules based on Cultural Humility principles (Tarvelon & Murray-Garcia, 1998). We will share our effective applications of Appreciative Inquiry, Cultural Humility principles and framing, and asset-based critical community engagement.



From Pandemic to Paradigm Shift: How We are Adapting to Meet the Evolving Needs of our Campuses and Communities

Thursday, November 18, 2021
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EST)

When a crisis hits, be it a hurricane or an international pandemic, students want to immediately respond. However, good intentions do not always present themselves as meaningful actions. A large group of untrained volunteers descending upon a community in crisis often creates more harm than good. It is our role to step into these spaces and bridge the gap between community partners and student volunteers. We must help guide our students in finding opportunities that allow them to safely engage, while providing meaningful support to our partners. Come learn from colleagues at Brandeis University’s Department of Community Service and the ways we pivoted our operations to continue providing necessary support to our community and campus amidst a public health crisis. In this session, we will share examples of both new and adapted programs and risk management policies, challenges and successes of remote engagement, takeaways from the shift from direct service to advocacy, and lessons we learned that will change our work long after the pandemic. We will also share the ways our definitions of service and community evolved, leading us to adapt our current models and university resources to provide relevant and sustainable community support. We hope you will walk away from this session with a new perspective on community and action items to help your team not only be proactive in preparing for the next crisis, but perhaps make lasting changes to your current model of engagement.




Pen to Paper Writing Retreat

Presented by: Campus Compact Indiana | Date: May 2021 – August 2021




2021 Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop

Presented by: the Engagement Scholarship Consortium | Date: September 7-9th, 2021






 Social Action Course Development Program (Ongoing)

Presented by: The Bonner Foundation and Professor Scott Myers-Lipton from San Jose University | Date: Multiple dates between now and May 2021



Critical Consciousness for Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning

Inclusion Imperative Diversity Teaching Network Event: Uncomfortable Conversations: Race, the Humanities, and Inclusion in Higher Education

CCNYPA Communities of Practice

2021 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum: Progress Through Partnerships: Advancing Community Resilience

Campus Compact Fusion Course: Enhancing Online Education through Community-Based Learning (Ongoing)

Virtual Symposium and Publishing Workshop

The National Society for Experiential Education – EEA Workshops and Experiential Education Academy Certificate

The Quest for Authentic Community Engagement: How Market Forces Shape Community Engagement and What to Do About It

Avoiding Microaggressions within Service Learning and Community Engaged Learning

Fall 2020 Community Building Institute

Pedagogy in Action: Community Engagement during Covid-19

Campus Compact “Fusion Course: Enhancing Online Education through Community-Based Learning”

“Co-Decolonizing Research Methods: Toward Research Sustaining Indigenous and ‘Other’ Community Engaged Ways of Knowing”

Confronting Systemic Inequities: Implications for Conducting Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement