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The 2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference agenda is driven by participants and features 100+ ASU faculty, staff, students and community partners delivering various presentations, all woven together through one Zoom framework. In 2020, the Conference moved to a virtual format to increase accessibility during a time of social distancing. This virtual conference is designed to bring together community-engaged professionals from various backgrounds to highlight new, exciting and insightful work happening in the field of community engagement and public service. Sessions are designed to be interactive, informative and thought-provoking.
The conference is a place to connect with other community-engaged professionals or those interested in community engagement, who believe in the importance of community-university partnerships.
ASU's Office of the University Provost and Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) invite you to submit a proposal to share how you are partnering with external organizations (e.g., nonprofits, corporate partners, tribal nations, municipalities, etc.) in your socially embedded research, teaching or practice to achieve positive outcomes at the local, regional, national and/or global level.
Participants will engage in a variety of informative virtual breakout sessions and interactive workshops that are designed to bring together our network, share strategies for forging meaningful and mutually beneficial partners with community partners and generate institutional dialogue about how to advance socially embedded research, teaching, student development and practices at ASU.
Lightning Talk (~10 minutes): This is a structured TED Talk-style presentation featuring 1-2 speakers, where time is dedicated to sharing knowledge through a short presentation that focuses on a particular tool, design or lesson learned. This type of session shares a best practice, idea (big, small or somewhere in the middle) and/or a new way of thinking about community-university partnerships that demonstrate how we can collaborate to achieve local and global change. This type of presentation leverages slides or additional materials minimally and includes elements of storytelling to engage the audience. We encourage you to leverage evidence or observations that draw in the audience to think more deeply about community engagement.
Community Collaboration Presentation (45 minutes): Together with at least one community partner as a co-presenter, this more classic presentation style, we invite you to tell the story of your ongoing social embeddedness work, research or critical thoughts about how community partnerships are essential to achieve local, national and/or global change. Co-designed by the presenters, this is an opportunity to share what you do together, including how you established this mutually-beneficial relationship, the current state and what might be next. This is also an opportunity to share insights and lessons from your experience working together and highlight and recognize each other's knowledge, expertise and contribution to local, national and/or global change. These presentations serve as unique examples of how ASU works with community partners in mutually beneficial ways. We encourage you to showcase your work AND explain the meaning and process behind your collaboration.
This year, we have a variety of topics to feature presenters on the agenda. Take a closer look at all of the opportunities. As you think broadly about your work and its importance for universities and communities, we encourage you to lean into this year's conference theme: "Planting Seeds for Partnerships and Cultivating Community Collaborations. Learn more about the conference topics, including guiding questions and what we're looking for here.