In the face of daily news turmoil and perpetual social and environmental challenges, educational institutions and community organizations are uniquely positioned to work together for positive change that can make a difference locally to globally. Through a combination of active, interactive, and introspective learning activities, participants in this workshop will explore the intertwining roles of community organizations and higher education in social change through civic engagement.
This workshop will cover fundamental concepts of civic engagement and social change (including civic learning, service-learning, partnerships, and collective impact); connections between education, mission, and civic action; strategies for partnering with colleges and universities; and the current landscape of community partnerships in postsecondary education. The workshop will be relevant for people who work with college students as interns or volunteers, partner with college campuses, seek to enhance the learning outcomes for volunteers, and/or want to reflect on their own role as organizational agents in complex communities.
Stephanie Stokamer has worked in educational, non-profit, and national service sectors in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years and is currently the director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University. She holds Master’s degrees in Education and Social Sciences, as well as a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, from Portland State.