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How might we prepare to receive and integrate partners into collaboration so that we truly leverage their knowledge, expertise and experiences? The preparation approach can sometimes feel generic or haphazard. There may be existing relationships or history that requires exploration and research before a healthy relationship can begin. Partners have high expectations of their collaborations, and we should fully lay the groundwork to ensure we can rise to those expectations and accomplish common goals. How might we establish trust and build opportunities for authentic collaboration?
Moderated by: Dr. Jonathan Koppell | Vice Provost of Public Service and Social Impact and Dean, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Since 2014, the annual ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference has brought together community-engaged ASU staff and faculty from a variety of disciplines and units throughout ASU to build connections, share strategies and highlight best practices for advancing ASU as a socially-embedded institution. This year’s conference theme is focused on the conditions necessary to create an environment that can establish long-term, sustainable, mutually beneficial university-community partnerships. We recognize that all parts of the ASU enterprise must coordinate and collaborate to accelerate progress toward attaining the highest public value and impact.
Join us for this high-profile panel that will address:
After the plenary session, we invite you to join one of the many breakout sessions and workshops designed to bring together our network, share strategies for forging meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships and generate institutional dialogue about how to advance socially-embedded research, teaching, student development and practices. Presentations are formatted in the following ways:
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.
Three Lightning Talks are grouped together in a 45-minute session.
Together with at least one community partner as a co-presenter, this more classic presentation style tells the story of 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 they do together, including how they established this mutually-beneficial relationship, the current state and what might be next. This is also an opportunity to share insights and lessons from their 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.
The presentation will cover my experiences with social embeddedness being integrated into ASU's coursework. I will highlight University Service Learning (USL) coursework and the potential for it to be further developed in other degree programs, as well as through partnership opportunities. I will share examples from my own ASU experience.
Increasingly there is a divide between engaging national or local partners in research and service. Local organizations may be viewed as too limited in scope while national organizations too broad in scope, and that difficulties will result in dual-engagement. This presentation will cover leveraging national partnerships for local engagement.
Best practices for serving as the front line support for an executive and your team to advance partnerships within and outside of the university that align with the ASU Charter.
CFA will showcase the Civic Health Progress Meters, tools for engaging Arizonans in data-informed decision-making and community-led solutions. We‚Äôll share how CFA elevates Arizona voices to inform strategies and partnerships, shares information about how Arizona is doing in civic life, and works with partners to translate data-informed priorities into action.
During the summer of 2020, over 500 middle school students in Arizona participated in summer university courses in partnership with ASU Prep Digital. Learn more about these collaborations to promote health/wellness, math proficiency, family awareness, and concurrent credit opportunities.
ASU, in conjunction with NAU, UMBC, NASA, NOAA and USDA, is developing a southwestern US sensor web for Earth Science data collection, analysis and distribution. This process has started with deployment of a Ceilometer at Navajo Tech, and will be expanded to other science instruments and other tribal locations across the SW US.
Demonstrate successful cross-sector collaborations between university units and community organization to address newly emerged disparities in access to COVID-19 test. began in June 2020 and obtained $4.7M from NIH's RADx-UP Initiative funded by CARES Act. Have been delivering a rapid and large-scale increase in testing in vulnerable and underserved communities.
There is limited research on quality standards within the youth development literature. Lack of quality services can negatively impact client outcomes. Presenters will demonstrate how a network of 18 youth-serving agencies adopted shared measures to develop, implement and apply findings from quality standards to improve service provision to opportunity youth.
Twenty-seven applied projects by ASU Project Cities' students helped advance 14 SDGs through an innovative partnership model that interfaces with local government agencies. This panel, moderated by ASU's Sustainable Cities Network, convenes community partners, ASU faculty, and EPIC-Network to discuss efforts to advance sustainability in Peoria and Clarkdale, Arizona.
ASU @ Mesa City Center and Mesa Innovation Studios are two spaces opening in Downtown Mesa December 2021 into Fall 2022. This session will be to discuss the partnership with the downtown mesa district and the community organizations that currently exist in the area.
This presentation demonstrates the power of relationships. We will share 3 examples of how Babson College has developed an intentional strategy for engaging with partners to build new knowledge and connect to a larger ecosystem in service to educating values-based entrepreneurial leaders who will create economic and social value simultaneously.
Every year, dozens of ASU students in Speech and Hearing Sciences are welcomed into Arizona's public schools to experience the real-world application of their classroom learning. Professionals in the field of Speech Language Pathology generously cultivate professional expertise in our students to promote quality education for Arizona's children.
The Adaptive Exercise Program on ASU's Downtown campus was launched in 2017. Our students in the exercise sciences receive course credit and applied experience in coaching and exercise programming for people with disabilities. Our participants with disabilities receive free exercise training along with all the fitness and health benefits, but the number #1 cited benefit is the social connection with our students and the ASU community.
This presentation will highlight the innovative partnership between the ASU School of Social Work and community The Learning by Giving Foundation that allowed students enrolled in the Social Work Practice III course to participate in an experiential philanthropic learning process that awarded $10,000 to a local nonprofit organization.
ASU's NSF-NRT project trains the next generation of graduate students through an interdisciplinary focus on the technological, societal and environmental aspects of citizen-centered solutions for smart cities and smart living. This project leverages strong ties with community and industry partners to prepare students to make local, regional, and global impacts beyond graduation.
Our work reimagines the incarceration experience as a lever for change, with the university assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall well-being of people in prison. We invest in people through strengths-based, holistic programming that spans disciplines within the university and transforms prison into an enabling environment.
I will be reviewing the design and implementation process of creating an educational program for underserved youth nationwide. We have developed an interactive curriculum designed to inspire students in Title 1 middle schools to create social and community change using emerging technology. Through this curriculum students have the opportunity to explore four different technology tracks, such as: AR/VR, coding and electronics, artificial intelligence, and 3D modeling and printing. Through this grant, ASU and Verizon provide schools with technology packages and interactive online learning hosted on Canvas. We have been able to scale this project from a handful of makerspaces to 100 tech labs and 1300 sponsored schools by 2022.
This presentation will cover how interactions with community members across different fields help shape research, outreach and training experiences.
With our Museum Partners, we describe a fellowship program for science-engagement professionals to collaborate with local civic, government, and university partners to co-design, convene and integrate informed and representatively diverse community dialogues on socio-scientific topics of interest. We provide an overview and two case-study examples from Waco and San Jose.
This presentation encapsulates the work of the Academic Alliance's team between community, industry and educational partners expanding the impact of MyPath2ASU transfer pathways for under-served students. Examples include: Rio Salado College incarcerated students, ASU Business faculty/Deloitte/MCCCD in Accounting, ASU Credit Transfer & Articulation pathways with technical high schools.
This presentation tells the story of the collaborations between ASU, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the town of Guadalupe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Native Health, Inc. as we mobilized teams to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic through case investigations and contact tracing, data modeling, public health surveillance, and community-based engagement.
This presentation will discuss the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, how the program engages community partners, and tools for building project success. Two student projects will be presented by student leaders that represent both a local and global project collaboration. Special emphasis will be put on reciprocal social innovation - a new framework for generative collaborative projects.