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March 16, 2020

We are writing today with several updates on activities as it relates to the 2020 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference.

We hope you, your families and your colleagues are doing well. After lots of thinking and alignment with the ASU leadership team, we have made the decision to make the 2020 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference completely virtual using Zoom. We have considered the effects this will have on our attendees, our presenters, our community partners and our team. 


As we move forward with a virtual convening, we ask that you still hold the day of Tuesday, March 24, 2020. We stand behind our agenda for the conference and all of the hard work that has gone into preparing the conference presentations. We'll be working behind the scenes to ensure we can bring as much of the conference to life without sacrificing quality. We look forward to what a virtual conference can offer with regard to increased accessibility and inclusion for those who may not have been able to join us on the Tempe campus initially. 


Many thanks to all of you for your patience and understanding as we navigate hosting the first-ever virtual Social Embeddedness Network Conference! 



Christina Ngo, University Innovation Fellow

Office of Applied Innovation


Posted: March 16, 2020, at 1:15 p.m. 

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2020 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: March 24th, 2020, 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. (Check-in opens at 8am)

Where: Virtually, through Zoom


Conference Agenda

8:00 a.m.: Check-in / registration opens

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Opening keynote / plenary session by Dr. María Rosario Jackson

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Various breakout sessions

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Various breakout sessions

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Various breakout sessions

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. U.S. Census presentation

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Various breakout sessions

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Various breakout sessions

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Various breakout sessions


A detailed agenda with session descriptions can be found conference-agenda


Breakout session formats

  • Lightning Talks (10 mins): Structured like TED-style talks, these sessions share best practices, a big idea and/or a new way of thinking about university-community partnerships that demonstrate how we can collaborate to achieve local and global change.

  • Partnership Presentation (45 mins): Together with a community partner as a co-presenter, this more classic presentation style allows you to tell the story of your ongoing community-engaged work, research or critical thoughts about how community partnerships are essential to achieve local and global impact.


Request for proposals

ASU's Office of Applied Innovation and Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) invite you to submit a proposal to share how you are partnering with community organizations in your socially embedded research, teaching or practice to achieve positive outcomes at the local, regional and global level.


Participants will engage in a variety of breakout sessions and 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.


We are no longer accepting proposals for the 2020 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference. 


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