October 20, 2020

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Community Engagement in the Wake of Pandemics: Lessons Learned from George Floyd Square,” a virtual lecture by Prof. Tania D. Mitchell 

Nov 12, 11:00 a.m. EST.

Tania D. Mitchell is an associate professor of higher education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Her teaching emphasizes college students and their development, issues of equity and access, leadership, and policy and practice in the functional areas of student-facing units in institutions of higher education. Her research focuses on the experiences of minoritized students in higher education and service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice. She interrogates practices in higher education that aim to contribute to a more just world. Dr. Mitchell is a recipient of the Early Career Research Award (2011) and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award (2019) from the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) as well as the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Her scholarship has been published in numerous books and journals and she is the editor (with Krista Soria) of Educating for Citizenship and Social Justice: Practices for Community Engagement at Research Universities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities: Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change, and Responsible Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is also the editor (with Corey Dolgon and Tim Eatman) of the Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and (with Stephanie Y. Evans and Andrea D. Domingue) Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons (SUNY Press, 2019).


Prof. Mitchell’s talk is the first in a series of events on the theme of Transformative Partnerships and Our Shared Futures: Campus-Community Learning Ecologies sponsored by the Community-Engaged Intensives in the Humanities initiative. This initiative is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and supported by the Office of Community-Engaged Learning, Vassar College.



“Thank you Jean and Lisa for helping me get to the recording.  I just watched it successfully. It was excellent.  I have a lot to think about going into this week of visioning for Eleanor Roosevelt and Val Kill and this hit several of the amorphous topics I am mulling in my own head in the most positive light.  They can feel heavy and hard.  She was inspiring.” Anna DeCordova, Horticulturist, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Parks Service.

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