We are excited to invite you to submit a proposal to present a workshop or poster at the 2019 Annual Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference (SLCE). This year, the conference theme—“Passion To Action,” challenges students to explore how to turn their passion into life long action. Service learning and civic engagement are two large parts of a college student’s experience that foster personal growth and reflection, enabling them to serve their communities and to reach their own goals. We believe this conference provides both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to reflect on their past service learning and civic engagement experiences while providing them with critical tools that they can use for their experiences in the future.
Call for Proposals
The conference will feature concurrent workshops led by faculty, staff, students, and/or community organization representatives. The conference will also feature a dedicated poster session time. Posters will also remain on display throughout the day.
Potential workshop themes include, but are not limited to:
How does your institution or organization design programs to prepare students who are actively involved in their communities and who have a passion for a particular social issue that they would like to carry with them after graduation? How do you help students translate their passions into sustainable real world action in their personal, profession, and/or civic life?
What are the best practices in “connecting” for community-campus partnerships, and what are we learning? Examples in this area include the process of initiating and sustaining community-campus partnerships, setting short and long-term goals, and innovative initiatives with community organizations. Presentations should include partner voice.
How do our campus communities “create” active citizens and promote social change? Examples include campus advocacy efforts, awareness campaigns, student led service initiatives, postgraduate social justice work and careers, and innovative ways to discuss diversity topics such as race, oppression, privilege, and social identity.
How is the community and its main issues integrated into the classroom? How do faculty, students, partners, and staff critically “reflect” upon these issues, partnerships, and impacts? Examples include service-learning course design and best practices, faculty development, reflective practice, student success stories, next steps after a service-learning course, community-based research initiatives, living-learning communities, service-learning course assessment and impact.
How are higher education, organizations, and community members working together to respond to large-scale and/or systemic challenges? Proposals should include impact assessment and examine current events, emerging mandates, systemic issues, or evolving student needs that are driving new models of service-learning and civic engagement.