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Connecting Campus and Community

Connecting Campus and Community

A Conference on Community-Based Learning and Research


Yes, we confront a whole range of challenges…What is preventing us from making more progress really has to do with our politics and our civic life. The only folks who are going to be able to solve that problem are young folks ,the next generation. The question then becomes: What are the ways we can create pathways for them to take leadership and to get involved? Are there ways we can knock down some of the barriers that are discouraging them from a life of service? If there are, I want to work with them to knock down those barriers and get that next generation to celebrate their move towards leadership because I think if that happens, we’re going to be fine.

--President Barack Obama, University of Chicago, April 24, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Earlham College

Landrum Bolling Center (LBC)

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


With support from the Lilly Indiana Pathways grant, the Earlham College Center for Career and Community Engagement is sponsoring a one-day academic conference on all types of community-based learning including academic service learning, community-based research and civic engagement. The conference will include nationally recognized keynote speakers and opportunities for participants to present workshops on community-based projects they have overseen. Faculty from other Indiana, Ohio and Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) schools, along with their community partners, are invited to participate. Persons at all levels of experience with community-based learning and research are welcome.

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore the breadth of pedagogues and models that fall under the umbrella of community-based learning.

  • To identify new avenues for impactful engagement between students, faculty, and communities taking into consideration current local, national and global conditions, challenges, and opportunities.

  • To provide an opportunity for networking and sharing ideas with faculty and community partners with all levels of experience with community-based learning and research.


8:30 a.m.


9:15 a.m.

9:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

12:00 noon

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m.


Registration (LBC Atrium)

Breakfast (Richmond Room)

Welcome, announcements, framing remarks (LBC Rm. 105)

Keynote: Randy Stoecker, Liberating Service Learning: A Dangerous Idea for a Dangerous Time

(LBC Rm. 105)

Break (Refreshments available in the Richmond Room)

Workshop block 1


Lunch (Richmond Room)

Keynote: Kerri Heffernan, Planning a Community-Engaged Course: Models and Methods


Workshop block 2

Break (Refreshments available in the Richmond Room)

Wrap-up/take-aways/concluding discussion (LBC Rm. 105)



  • Earlham and other Indiana faculty, students and community partners may attend for free but still need to register.

  • The conference cost for participants coming from outside of Indiana is $50 to cover the cost of food and materials. Your credit card payment will be processed at the time of registration.

  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 7 at noon



The conference will include two, hour-long workshop blocks. Conference participants are encouraged to propose a workshop. Workshops will provide informal opportunities to share a community-based learning course or project with others or to facilitate a discussion of a topic related to the design, implementation or assessment of community-based learning. We are particularly interested in featuring examples of community-based work from a variety of disciplines in the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences.


If you are willing to lead a workshop, please fill out the brief form below by Wednesday, June 7.

Confirmed Workshops


Presented by Randy Stoecker

This workshop will engage participants in exploring perceived barriers to implementing a liberated model of service learning, and strategizing to overcome those barriers. We will consider barriers in both the community and the academy.

Presented by Kerri Heffernan

This interactive workshop is designed to assist faculty in integrating community work into an existing course or in constructing a new "engaged" course.

Presented by Jessie Scott

Using Stoecker's theory of institutionalized and liberating service learning models, DePauw University staff participated in an internal critique of their service programs. This workshop will share our process, attempts toward integrating the liberating model into our programs, and facilitate discussion with other campus leaders.

Presented by Priscilla Barnes, Lily Albright, and Gretchen Morgan

This workshop will highlight lessons learned from a university-public school partnership providing a community-inspired grant writing project for undergraduate public health students. Participants will engage in a discussion about the benefits and challenges of preparing Generation Z for the workforce.

Presented by Jay Roberts

The Environmental Studies major at Earlham has incorporated a community-based research (CBR) component into the senior experience for the last four years. In this workshop, we will discuss how we developed this model based on the work of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon and what we have learned along the way in terms of both the possibilities and limitations of integrating CBR with the major.

Presented by Jana Schroeder

Participants will have a chance to learn more about the rubric’s six criterion and best practices for using the rubric to score student work. There will be time for participants to share ways their schools are using the rubric and to consider the benefits and challenges of using the rubric as part of an institution’s assessment plan.

Keynote Presenters

Randy Stoecker

is a nationally recognized expert in community-based research and including community partner voice. He is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, with an affiliate appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He conducts trainings and speaks frequently on community organizing and development, community-based participatory research/evaluation, and community information technology. He has led numerous participatory action research projects and empowerment evaluation processes with community development corporations, community organizing groups, community information technology programs, and other non-profits in North America and Australia. Randy has written extensively on community organizing and development and community-based research, including the books Defending Community (Temple University Press, 1994), Research Methods for Community Change (Sage Publications, 2005), Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement (Temple University Press, 2016) and the co-authored book Community-Based Research in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2003).

Kerrissa (Kerri) Heffernan

has expertise in community-based learning course design. She is the Director of Faculty Engagement at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University and directs the Royce and Sport and Society Fellowships. Previously she was a senior associate in Integrating Service with Academic Study at Campus Compact and the Arnow-Weiler professor of liberal arts at Lasell College, director of the Center for Public Service and director of the Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life. She is the co-editor of The Practice of Change: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Women's Studies, co-editor of The Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit: Readings and Resources for Faculty, and author of Fundamentals of Service-Learning Course Construction. Her current projects include CSTEM, integrating community-based learning into STEM courses, an engaged pathway for Graduate Students and Engaged Sport, an attempt to better connect the academic and athletic houses.


Overnight lodging is available for Sunday and/or Monday at the special conference rate of $109 per night plus 12% tax at the Holiday Inn Richmond. To receive the conference rate, reservations must be made by June 1 by calling 888-211-9874 and providing the block code CCC. After June 1, the rate is $145.99 plus tax per night.

Holiday Inn Richmond
6000 National Rd. East
Richmond, IN 47374

We wish to acknowledge Holiday Inn Richmond for their support of this conference.


Due to construction, the main entrance to Earlham College (US 40/National Road West) will be closed during the conference.

Participants should use either the D Street or G Street entrances (located on the east side of campus).

Participants may park in the large lot directly west of Landrum Bolling Center (LBC).

Please click here for driving directions.

Please click here to view the campus map.

Questions? Please contact Jana Schroeder, Director of Community Engagement, at or at 765-983-1276.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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