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2019 Social Embeddedness Network Conference 

About the Conference

Since 2014, the annual Social Embeddedness Network conference has convened community-engaged faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines and units throughout ASU to build connections and share strategies and best practices for advancing ASU as a socially embedded institution.

Who: ASU faculty, staff, graduate students pursuing a field of study or career as a community-engaged higher education professional, community partners
When: February 28th, 2019, 9am-4pm (Check-in opens at 8am)
Where: Memorial Union Ventana Ballroom (ASU Tempe campus)

Hurry! Space is limited for some breakout sessions. Registration closes on February 22, 2019.

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Read full list of breakout sessions and presenters here

Conference Agenda:

9:00 - 9:45am: Opening Plenary w/ Watts College Dean Jonathan Koppell (Ventana)
10:00 - 10:30am: Session Block A - a series of 3-4 rapid Lightning Talks
10:45 - 11:30am: Session Block B - Solutions Showcase presentations
11:45 - 12:45pm: Networking Lunch (Ventana)
1:00 - 1:45pm: Session Block C - Solutions Showcases/Communities of Practice
2:00 - 2:45pm: Session Block D - Solutions Showcases/Communities of Practice
3:00 - 4:00pm: Conference reflection in groups w/ Conference Artist-in-Residence (Ventana)

Breakout session tracks

  • Strengthening the Education Continuum: This track will explore how various initiatives at ASU are working to achieve any of the following: 1) improve the K12 pipeline so more students can continue on to post-secondary education, 2) increase completion rates among those pursuing post-secondary credentials, 3) increase access to post-secondary education, or 4) align post-secondary education to Arizona’s workforce needs.
  • Arts/Culture/Design-based Equitable Community Development: The strategic integration of arts, culture and design into equitable, comprehensive community development and the inclusion of artists, designers and culture bearers in this work are essential to more just communities where all people can thrive. What initiatives are involved in arts/culture/design based equitable community development? What community issues are these initiatives taking on? What challenges do people involved in this work face? What are ethical considerations in this type of socially embedded work? This track will explore these questions and provide opportunities for people engaged in the work to offer and receive thought partnership on critical issues. 
  • Meaningful Metrics for Measuring Impact: How can we measure the impact of our projects and of ASU at-large? This track will stimulate reflection, exploration and solution-creation to build community, elevate our social embeddedness institutional identity, and work towards creating maximum impact through measuring what matters.
  • Engaging Students in Social Change: Our ASU students are engaged in a wide range of projects and activities for social change in our communities. How can we best create conditions that ensure students are engaging in work that is equitable, sustainable, and impactful for the communities in which they serve? This track will explore potential solutions to common challenges, from off-campus transportation solutions to maximizing event attendance to cultivating students’ lens for equity and justice.
  • Other 

Breakout session formats

  • Lightning Talks (5-7 mins): Lighting Talks are designed to rapidly expose attendees to a wide variety of socially embedded initiatives throughout ASU. Lightning talks include a quick overview or summary of an initiative accompanied by slides. (What problem does the initiative address? Who is involved? How was it designed? What are the outcomes/next steps?)
  • Solutions Showcase (45 mins): Solutions Showcase sessions will exhibit tools, effective strategies or promising practices for working in communities, with community partners, and/or addressing social issues. These sessions will focus on introducing attendees to these resources and engaging them in discussion about how to replicate or expand on your successes within their own context. 
  • Community of Practice (75-90 mins): Community of Practice sessions are intended to coalesce and advance a network of ASU colleagues around a particular topic or challenge related to social embeddedness. Sessions willfocus on defining shared goals, producing deliverables, and planning courses of action.

For questions, please contact Lindsey Beagley, Director of Social Embeddedness at or