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    Planting Seeds for Partnerships and Cultivating Community Collaborations

    2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference March 24-25, 2021 | Virtual Event

    Frequently Asked Questions
  • Forest of gold and maroon trees with a squirrel

    Planting Seeds for Partnerships and Cultivating Community Collaborations

    2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference March 24-25, 2021 | Virtual Event

    Frequently Asked Questions
  • Green rainforest with maroon and orange jungle creatures

    Planting Seeds for Partnerships and Cultivating Community Collaborations

    2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference March 24-25, 2021 | Virtual Event

    Frequently Asked Questions

Update: Jan. 7, 2021 @ 2:03 p.m.

We have extended the proposal submission deadline to Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. 


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. 

Request for Proposals

 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. 


The types of high-energy presentations we look for:

  • 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. 


AND - For the first time ever, we are launching a track for other higher ed institutions and their community partners to present together. We invite you to share this invitation to submit a proposal to any colleagues at other institutions who you think would be interested in presenting how they work with community partners in mutually-beneficial ways.  

Session Categories and Topics

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.

adapting collaborations in this new climate logo


being able to see the forest of trees logo


enhancing diversity, inclusion, growth and opportunity logo


preparing the environmental conditions to plant, grow and bloom logo


companion planting to help each other logo


sharing the fruits of our labor logo


cultivating relationships that last season over season logo


Deciding when to plant, replant and/or transplant partnerships logo


planting seeds for mutually beneficial partnerships logo


Review Process

As you consider submitting your presentation proposal, please note that:

  • Proposals will be accepted from Monday, November 17, 2020, until Friday, January 8, 2021 Friday, January 15, 2021.
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent out the week of January 24, 2021 February 1, 2021.
  • All presenters will be listed in the 2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference program.

 The 2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference Agenda Planning Committee will review and assess each submission. The selection process is highly competitive, with each application weighted equally and not based on prior conference participation. 

Please ensure that your submission is clear, concise and comprehensive. Do not assume the Agenda Planning Committee is familiar with your work. How you plan to present your message and engage the participants is important too. Don't be afraid to get creative.  How might you ensure that your session is dynamic and true to the topic? 

 We highly encourage all conference presentations to include at least one community partner as a co-presenter.


If you want to know more about what we are looking for in greater detail, please review this document.

 For any additional questions, please reach out to Christina Ngo, Director of Social Embeddedness, at christina.ngo@asu.edu