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Tuesday, May 31 • 9:30am - 11:30am
Pre-Conference Workshop: Just and Effective Engagement of Communities in Teaching and Research Partnerships

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Members of the University of Iowa Obermann Working Group, an interdisciplinary group of faculty/staff, are engaged in working with community partners in research/grant settings focused on immigrant families and health related issues. Our own experiences have led us to more seriously consider how community partners' roles and contributions are often overlooked in publicly engaged work related to education and research. In this pre-conference workshop, we will share results of a focus group study with our community partners. We will share strategies for more effectively communicating with community partners, building productive relationships, and actively involving community members in the collaborative process. We intend to speak to those individuals new to community engagement who seek to partner with individuals and communities.

The pre-conference workshop will be very interactive. Workshop leaders will begin with a fishbowl activity to engage attendees in the issues surrounding community partners in publicly engaged research. We share the results of our research with our own community partners and then move to small group discussion where members will discuss cases that both complicate and extend effective partnerships with community members. We close the session with strategies for effective communication, relationship building, and the ethics of campus-community collaborations.


Nick Benson

Director of Community Development and Outreach, University of Iowa
Nick Benson currently serves as the Director of Community Development and Outreach for the Provost’s Office of Outreach & Engagement and the Program Director for the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. He shapes the university's community development initiatives by... Read More →

Carolyn Colvin

Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Publicly engaged scholarship, Research in rural communities Immigrant communities in the rural midwest

Tuesday May 31, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am CDT
Nebraska Room 335