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Adapting collaborations in this new climate
How might we navigate unexpected challenges together? Organisms must be able to adapt to their habitat to survive. The same is true for partnerships. As technology continues to evolve or unusual circumstances come up (e.g., a pandemic), the old or historical ways of doing things might not be sufficient to tackle complex challenges. Flexibility is a strategy of responding to changing circumstances and/or expectations. How might we cultivate adaptability and flexibility among university-community partnerships and infuse these new learnings into our work moving forward?
Moderated by: Rogelio Ruiz | Executive Coordinator, Access ASU
With its rich history and growing diversity, Tolleson Union High School District (TUHSD) is home to ~12,000 high school students, 550 qualified teachers and 50 administrators. Situated on the west side of the Phoenix Metroplex, ASU works closely with TUHSD to design and implement various programs that increase access to higher education and prepare Arizona students for success. These strategic partnerships support and equip educators with the tools and resources needed to increase college-going rates and ensure all students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college. 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. Many factors play into the development and longevity of a partnership. We recognize that we must coordinate and collaborate with our partners if we seek to advance a better life for all.
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 Sustainable Development Goals & Beyond Task Force is ASU‚Äôs cross-university leadership group led by the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. Learn about our global partnerships with the world's largest community partners including the United Nations, The World Bank, World Economic Forum, and more.
In 2017, Education for Humanity was established to expand educational access for refugees around the world. This presentation discusses the evolution of Education for Humanity's partnership with Norwegian Refugee Council and the success that has resulted from its genesis in Za'atari Camp to an agreement for implementation in 30+ countries.
Partnering within institutions outside of one sector creates opportunities to leverage complementary strengths to the mutual benefit of both. After hosting several successful hackathons with other universities, ASU joined forces with industry partner Devex to increase the scope, reach and visibility of the experience, bringing benefits to students and institutions.
ASU’s Speech and Hearing Clinic faculty and students provide person-centered group rehabilitation to individuals with hearing loss and their communication partners. One long-standing community partner is New Frontiers in Lifelong Learning. In Fall 2020, our partnership transitioned from in-person to Zoom sessions. Faculty, student, and participant experiences will be shared.
When our community needs us, we step up with scale. In just a matter of a few weeks, ASU Prep Digital accepted the challenge of scaling a successful professional development pilot into a statewide offering. We will share how we solved this challenge to meet our state's needs.
How we expanded Experiential Learning and Community Placements at the College of Health Solutions, amidst Covid lockdowns and restrictions, and increased inclusion of online students in experiences.
In 2020, the Office of Community Health, Engagement, and Resiliency pivoted to address specific community needs arising from the pandemic. This included creating a social support helpline and social call program, distributing care bags of essentials, and launching a virtual interview series to increase knowledge of and access to resources.
We would like to present the timeline of Sun Devil Learning Labs (SDLLs) and the three iterations that we used in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020. Sun Devil Learning Labs is an evolving idea that allows for teacher candidates at MLFTC to teach and get feedback. It is also a way for us to support children in our communities when they are unable to go to school. In the summer we partnered with the Creighton School District and offered a version of SDLLs based on the needs of that community. In Fall 2020 we partnered with the Mesa School District and again offered a new iteration of SDLLs based on the specific needs of teacher candidates in students in the Mesa School District. The presentation will encompass success, failures, and our efforts to work in partnerships with specific school districts.
Social work student interns, Westward Ho residents, and the ASU/Westward Ho Community Collaborative coordinator share their various perspectives regarding the adaptations of providing services during the continuum of the pandemic. The discussion will focus on the successes, failures, and determination to keep trying.
Learn how Virtual Talking Circles was created when many Native students were unable to go home to their reservations due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Students were unable to participate in cultural ceremonies to help during difficult times. AISSS and Native Health partnered, bringing ceremony to ASU for traditional and spiritual healing.
Viva! is a family-centered diabetes prevention program. Implementation of in person fitness and nutrition education classes began 2 weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic; partners from healthcare, non-profit, and academic sectors quickly pivoted to an interactive, online format which increased enrollment and addressed social determinants of health.
Companies have emerged as not only leaders, but innovators in the sustainability field. Universities like ASU possess the research and student capital to help companies inform and implement their sustainability commitments, but successful partnerships don't just happen! This presentation will explore how the private sector works with higher education to advance sustainability goals, best practices to foster impactful collaboration and pitfalls to watch for. It will highlight several of ASU's strategic corporate partnerships, including with Wells Fargo and State Farm, and will also discuss how to plant and sustain meaningful collaborations in a virtual world.
Arizona VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) is a state chapter of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. AZ VOAD consists of organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, food banks, and more. Arizona VOAD‚Äôs role is to bring organizations together and enable them to understand each other and work together before, during, and after a disaster. This presentation showcases how the ASU Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security supports AZ VOAD in achieving its goals by facilitating sharing of information, provide training opportunities, network, review past and plan for future disaster response, and leveraging university resources.
Hearing Loss Association of America (hearingloss.org) is a national organization that represents the needs of individuals with hearing loss. The Phoenix metropolitan area has three local chapters with whom we have worked for several years. Ron Tallman serves as president of the Sun Lakes chapter, and has been involved in planning and organizing Living Well with Hearing Loss group workshops provided by ASU faculty and students. He has been instrumental in securing space and accommodations, selecting topics, moderating group discussions, and expanding attendance at the workshops.
This presentation will describe focus groups conducted with Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) survivors to learn about their experiences of online abuse and help-seeking. This is part of an ongoing research pilot happening within the Office of Gender-Based Violence in the ASU School of Social Work. While planning, the research approach shifted and adaptations were made to abide by COVID guidelines.
Knowledge Mobilization Spotlight Grants award graduate students modeling innovative solutions to current themes‚ for example, innovations in the era of Covid-19 and social justice. Join us for a student panel with some of this year's grant winners on topics from the graduate student experience to innovative research approaches at ASU.
Individuals from Ask Benji, Be A Leader Foundation, Access ASU, and Arizona College Access Network have created a task force to address community needs this past year. This presentation will address the collaborative work done to create a free college and FAFSA advising hotline, professional development opportunities for counselors, and FAFSA Drive-Up events.
Presentation showcases "Get Out the Vote" (GOTV) efforts that led to the highest level of American Indian registered voters in Arizona along with Voter Mobilization focused on Opportunity Youth and impact on the 2020 election results in Arizona. Reviews strategy, planning, tools used.
When viewed as an accessible, adaptable, and empowering container for the stories of historically marginalized and/or vulnerable peoples, poetry can promote mutual trust within community partnerships, especially those oriented toward addressing inequities and oppressive practices from collapsing boundaries in community-building endeavors to instituting reflective practices in healthcare.
When COVID-19 upended our co-taught community-engaged course, traditional students followed three nontraditional students (older returned citizens) in providing older adults in public housing with COVID-19 information, lists of resources, and tips for thriving during times of social isolation and restricted freedom. This is now an ongoing intergenerational, extracurricular community-engaged initiative.
ASU partners, Watts College Design Studio for Community Solutions and Global Launch, cultivated a community-based Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate Program in Maryvale. The program was co-designed with community partners based on findings from stakeholder interviews and feedback sessions with community agencies and residents of the community.
When normal systems are disrupted, how do we address challenges together in order to find mutually beneficial solutions? This presentation will discuss the St. Vincent de Paul VSO and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions partnership to establish a system to engage volunteers through virtual service. We will describe our project timeline and alternative perspectives on responsibilities and expectations in creating new systems during challenging times.
Join us for an opportunity to meet other socially-embedded professionals interested in creating new connections for opportunities to work together. Curious to learn more about the field of community engagement and outreach? Want to explore what it might look like to scale public service across your organization? Just want to listen? Spend the last 45 minutes of the 2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference exchanging virtual business cards and making appointments to catch up again soon.
Join us for virtual networking