Student, Faculty, and Community Engagement: Essential Synergies for Student Success
This interactive workshop will engage participants in thoughtful discussion, critical analysis, tool sharing and action planning toward essential supports for cultivating healthy campus environments. Extant research demonstrates that engaging students with faculty and staff support in significant social issues with substantive connections to community-based partners and contexts can be effective in advancing knowledge and civic agency. Pivoting on “Full Participation” as a framework, which explores the nexus of diversity, community engagement, and student success, participants will take up three focus questions:
- Why is it important to strategically mitigate deficit minded assumptions about diversity learning and student success?
- What are key elements of high-quality learning experiences that facilitate student interests and challenge a deepening sense of purpose?
- How can faculty and student development professionals identify and optimize opportunities to catalyze their work through both policy and practice.
Large group discussions as well as creative work in smaller teams will draw upon case studies, participants’ experiences, suggested readings, and other resources. Laptop computers are encouraged.