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Wednesday, June 1 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Engaging Stakeholders: Who's Around Your Table?

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In this session participants will learn about building relationships in communities in order to maximize quality of engagement. A team of faculty and staff will share real successes and real challenges in their community engagement work, drawing on a project that brought interior design students from campus to provide technical assistance to Anglo and Latino retailers in Storm Lake, Iowa. Engagement work raises fundamental questions about who is at the proverbial community table. It can be difficult to identify stakeholders beyond the usual suspects of community leaders. Understanding community demographics prior to engagement work can assist in recognizing critical absences from the list of stakeholders. It is also important to revisit and revise who is included as a stakeholder as projects develop. This session will provide strategies to look beyond traditional partners for engagement work. Emphasis will be placed on consistency, relationship building, and follow-through to make student engagement worthwhile to the host community.


Lisa Bates

Extension Specialist, Iowa State University

Susan Erickson

Interior Design Specialist, Iowa State University

Jon Wolseth

Field Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Wednesday June 1, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Nebraska Room 335