Promising Practices

Civic and Community Engagement

16th Annual Multicultural Conference
November 2, 2013
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Reminder: Promising Practices Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce Rhode Island College’s 16th Annual Promising Practices Conference: Civic and Community Engagement. The conference will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Rhode Island College.

“Engagement” has been selected as this year’s theme, and the conference will explore contemporary efforts to engage students and members of the community in the key social, political, economic and environmental challenges of our time. The conference will showcase the broad range of contemporary approaches to engagement, from courses that include service or other community work requirements, to projects in which students investigate compelling local concerns, to participatory collaborations with community groups, to activist pedagogies, and beyond. A special focus will be on the use of engaged pedagogies to (1) promote understanding of social difference, (2) achieve social justice, and (3) champion civic responsibility.

We invite proposals for workshops (50 minute sessions) that showcase and critically reflect on particular approaches to civic and community engagement. We encourage presenters to consider the following guiding conference questions:

  • What learning objectives should guide our pedagogical practices?
  • What guidelines should we use when designing experiential learning activities that foster community engagement?
  • What unique challenges does engaged teaching and learning pose for educators?
  • How do we implement and evaluate our best practices?
  • How do we design pedagogical practices that encourage critical examination of social difference, social justice and civic responsibility?
  • How do we measure community impact?
  • What positive/negative impact(s) does/might engagement have on understanding diversity?

Email completed proposal form (attached) by Friday, June 21, 2013.

An online-fillable form is available at Outside Link Contact the conference organizers, Holly Dygert (, and Valerie Endress (, with any questions.

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