CFP: University-Community Partnership Conference (3/9/07; 7/18/07-7/20/07)

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Megan Raymond
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The Community Calls Forth the University
The Fourth Annual University-Community Partnership Conference
July 18-20, 2007
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Blacksburg, Virginia
Proposals Due: March 9, 2007
How do communities define engagement with institutions of higher education?
Last year, participants of the University-Community Partnership Conference
addressed the challenge of engagement as an imperative of the higher
education mission. The 2007 event seeks to extend this conversation by
exploring the perspective of community partners in the engaged partnership
process. What does it mean for communities to choose engagement with higher
education? And what are the implications when communities call forth their

Our Keynote Speaker, Alice Lovelace, is considered one of Atlanta's premiere
poets. She received her Master's degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch
University and she is a performance poet, playwright, essayist,
arts-in-education specialist, and community consultant. She is also
currently the 2007 US Social Forum National Organizer. Lovelace's
presentation will be followed by facilitated discussion through Story
Circles designed to draw forth participants' stories, memories, and
reflections on the meaning of authentic engagement.

Plenary speaker Nadinne Cruz, internationally respected speaker, author, and
education consultant and former Director of the Haas Center for Public
Service, will provide further exploration of the conference theme by sharing
the compelling outcomes of the Community Voices project, which she played a
key role in facilitating. Throughout our time together, the conference will
offer a rich combination of practical and interactive workshops, case
studies, best practice presentations, and a Community Partners Resource
Fair, all of which will provide participants with multiple learning
opportunities to launch their own partnership efforts and to examine
critical issues and challenges that are foundational to partnership
development and sustenance.

You are invited to listen, respond, lead.

 We are soliciting proposals that outline dynamic 45, 60 or 75-minute
presentations that are interactive, applied, and lead participants to a
concrete outcome. Preference is given to team presentations that include
both community and university stakeholders. Specifically, we are interested
in the following topical areas:

1. Explore the Mechanics of Building Partnerships. These sessions
follow a workshop format that is interactive. Topics may include
negotiating objectives that bridge university and community interests;
developing memorandums of agreement; sharing risk and other legal matters
related to partnership development; clarifying roles and responsibilities;
leveraging institutional support; or measuring success. You may specify a
participation limit for a Mechanics Workshop.

2. Demonstrate Best Practices in University-Community Partnerships.
Best practices presentations give in-depth descriptions of working
partnerships that have already achieved positive results in their
communities, and address how the partnership met and overcame challenges on
the road to success.

3. Engaged Scholarship. These presentations demonstrate research and
teaching initiatives that are substantively rooted in the work of the
community and build on community assets.

It is expected that 60 and 75 minute presentations will build in a
significant amount of time for discussion and question / answer.

To Propose a Workshop, Presentation, or Poster:
1. Complete the cover page. Go to to
download the Call for Presenters.
2. Write a one-page description of approximately 300 words of the
proposed workshop or presentation. Please describe both the content of the
session, as well as the format of delivery. Consider the following questions
when writing your description: What is your inquiry or theory of change for
this project? What community expertise does your partnership leverage? What
community need is addressed? How do you demonstrate impact? How far are
you in the process with this partnership?
3. Include a one sentence description of all session presenters that may
be included in the conference program.
4. Send five paper copies or an electronic copy of the proposal to:

Michele James-Deramo
Conference Planning Committee Chair
Virginia Tech Service-Learning Center
202 Major Williams (0168)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Call Announced: January 3rd, 2007
Proposals Due: March 9th, 2007
Selections Made By: April 6th, 2007
Presenters Notified By: April 13th, 2007
For questions, contact Michele James-Deramo at 540/231-6947.

-- Michele James-Deramo Director Service-Learning Center Outreach and International Affairs Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 202 Major Williams (0168) Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 540/231-6947 (phone) 540/231-6367 (fax) ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Fri Jan 19 2007 - 20:25:21 EST