UMass Boston extends a special invitation to MACC members to April 10 Symposium

Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium

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Schedule of Events: April 10, 2013 

Plenary Session: Community-Engaged Scholarship at UMass Boston
Featuring opening remarks by Provost Winston Langley and members of the Urban Research-Based Action Initiative Working Group

9:00 am – 10:00, Campus Center Ballroom A
Breakfast Included

Participatory Action Research Session: Deepening Partnerships to Advance Scientific Knowledge and Social Change through Community-Based Participatory Action Research

This interactive session will explore how Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPR) can establish or deepen university-community partnerships that advance scientific knowledge and community capacity for social change. Such partnerships leverage a higher education’s research expertise while addressing priorities identified by residents and stakeholders affected by disparities in health, education and economic status in their respective communities.    The session will be divided in four segments:

• Maria Idalí Torres, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of UMass Boston’s Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, will provide a background of CBPR as a method to address health disparities.
• Ivette Cruz, Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Springfield, will share the experience of her local community research team and its partnership with UMass Boston’s Gaston Institute.
• Phillip Granberry, Research Associate, and Mayara Fontes, Graduate Student, at the Gaston Institute, will identify the benefits of CBPR for faculty and students.
• Kathleen Banfield, the Office of Community Partnership’s Assistant Director, will describe the institutional goals and capacity for community partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Participants will leave with a clear understanding of successful CBPR partnerships requirements:  long-term commitment, common vision, institutional mechanisms that support reciprocity, bidirectional learning and intentional investments from community partners, residents, funders, and researchers.

10:15 – 11:45 am, Campus Center Ballroom A

Facilitated Conversations: Successes & Challenges of Community Engaged Research

To gather the views of the UMass Boston research community, faculty, researchers, and graduate students are invited to participate in meetings with members of the Urban Research-Based Action Initiative Working Group. This is an opportunity for participants to discuss and examine, through the lens of their discipline and research interests, the university’s commitment to community-engaged research and offer ideas on how to promote and support community-engaged scholarship at UMass Boston.

Time Room UMass Boston Target Audience
10:15 am – 11:15 am 2540 MGS, CEHD, CAPS, CPCS
10:15 am – 11:15 am 2545 CLA
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 2540 Early Career Faculty and Researchers**
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 2545 CNHS, CM, CSM, SGISD
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm 2540 Graduate Students**
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm 2545 Institutes and Centers

**These sessions are only open to those who identify as members of these groups.

Note:  Interested faculty and staff who are unable to make the most applicable discipline-specific session are encouraged to attend any session.

Showcase & Poster Session: This session will feature dozens of posters that showcase community-engaged activities at UMass Boston, and celebrate the efforts and achievements of faculty and staff engaged in such partnerships. This is an excellent opportunity for community partners, faculty, staff and students to make new connections and build stronger collaborations.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Campus Center Ballroom B & C
Lunch provided.

Civic Engagement Scholars Initiative (CESI) Information Session: CESI is intended to strengthen the university’s ability to cultivate in undergraduates a life-long commitment to civic engagement in their public and professional lives. To achieve this goal, CESI provides faculty and departments opportunities to redesign one or more courses to incorporate a civic engagement component—through community-based participatory research, service-learning, or other means—to address issues of importance to communities and neighborhoods. CESI is accepting proposals for its three semester program, “Civic Engagement Learning: Design, Implementation & Scholarship” (deadline May 24, 2013) – come learn more about this opportunity!

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm, Campus Center Ballroom A


The annual UMass Boston Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium is a collaborative effort by the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Division of Government Relations and Public Affairs.

This is a university-wide event designed to advance and showcase community-engaged activities at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The symposium offers professional development workshops and showcases the efforts and achievements of UMass Boston faculty and staff.

The members of the Working Group for an Urban Research-Based Action Initiative for UMass Boston are:

• Mark Warren, (Co-Chair), Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
• John Saltmarsh, (Co-Chair), Department of Leadership in Education, College of Education and Human Development
• Patricia Krueger-Henney, Department of Leadership in Education, College of Education and Human Development
• Lorna Rivera, Department of Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts
• Miren Uriarte, College of Public and Community Service (linking to the Ph.D. Program in Transnational, Cultural and Community Studies)
 Donna Haig Friedman, Center for Social Policy, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
 Richard K. Fleming, Exercise and Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS)
• Diana Yadira Salas, PhD Student, McCormack Graduate School
 Luciano Ramos, Director, Office of Community Partnerships

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