Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 8:30am to 12:00pm
Pre-conference sessions are available to full conference attendees only.  

Transforming Our Work, Our Structures, Our Leadership: Digging Deeper With The Use of an Equity Lens

The E&E Lens is a quality improvement tool comprise of key questions, outcomes, and paradigms based on equity, empowerment and racial justice. The integration of an equity lens is a growing movement within the public sector that focuses on transforming individual, institutional, and systemic frameworks towards equity and racial justice. In this hands-on session, learn how to apply an E&E Lens with a racial justice focus to policies, procedures, and practices.  Sonali will facilitate a thought-provoking workshop that incorporates inspirational storytelling, engaging roundtable discussions to share promising practices, and concrete examples of applying the lens to an organization. 

Participants will walk away with:

  •  Understanding how to better identify root causes of inequities in your organization’s structures, policies,    practices;
  •  Knowledge of how to create relevant actions and strategies;  
  •  Inspiration from stories of transformative successes with the Lens in several public sector areas;
  •  Tips on how to overcome common challenges; and
  •  Examples of various tools to utilize to address inequities.  

Preparation: A few materials will be provided ahead of time for review before the workshop, one of which will ask participants to identify an area they would like to use for a brief Lens application.

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, Senior Policy Advisor on the Equity and Empowerment Lens (E&E Lens),Office of Diversity and Equity, Multnomah County government, Oregon

Cost:  $25.00
Space Limited to 40 Participants 

Advanced Practitioners in Service and Sustainability Learning: Part II

Following up on the work begun by advanced practitioners at the 2013 COS conference, the purpose of this workshop is to create an ongoing Community of Practice for service-learning practitioners who are also working with sustainability in all its dimensions: the civic and moral considerations of the social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental challenges we face as a planet. Where are we in terms of teaching sustainability practices and thinking?  How is sustainability related to service-learning?  What can community colleges and universities do to help communities become more resilient?

Kapi’olani Community College is part of a national Teagle Foundation Grant to integrate civic and moral dimensions of sustainability learning into dialogue about “Big Questions.”  Along with six other collaborating colleges nationally, we are developing curriculum and service-learning components to help students not only develop a sense of civic responsibility, but to focus on particular social issues which they care about.  

Kapi’olani will lead the workshop by sharing work and products developed for the Teagle Foundation Grant as an Advanced Practice integrating service and sustainability learning. Four-year colleges from Hawaii will also highlight their practices:  University of Hawaii at Manoa and University of Hawaii West Oahu.

Kapi’olani Community College:
Dr. Robert Franco, Professor of Pacific Anthropology, Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Krista Hiser, Associate Professor and Faculty Service Learning Coordinator

University of Hawaii West Oahu:
Aurora Winslade, Director of Sustainability
Dr. Michael Hayes, Civic Engagement Coordinator

Cost:  $25.00
Space Limited to 50 Participants 

Promising Practices for Educational Access and Success

"A good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity. It is a prerequisite... That is why it will be the goal of this administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education, from the day they are born to the day they begin a career.”(President Barack Obama, 2009)

Higher Education’s response to this charge has resulted in the implementation of diverse and effective programs designed to increase the educational preparedness, access and success of our nation’s most vulnerable youth.  Workshop presenters will showcase model programs underway throughout the Western Region and share their experiences, knowledge, practices, resources, successes and challenges. Among the featured programs are: Connect 2 Complete; the Palolo Pipeline ProgramCommitment to Latina/o Academic Success & Excellence (CLASE)Campus Corps: Therapeutic Mentoring for At-Risk YouthThe Graduation Project; the Montgomery Intercession Program and the University of Hawaii’s Community Mapping Project. Participants will also be given the opportunity to share relevant ideas and questions and consider adaptation of similar programs for their own campuses.

Patrick McGinty - Director of Programs and Operations, Washington Campus Compact
Ulla Hasager, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa
Candice Sakuda, Chaminade University of Hawaiʻi
Katherine Lobendahn, Kapiʻolani Communty College and University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa
Chris Nayve, University of San Diego
Ilana Lopez, University of San Diego
Terry Kinzel, Big Bend Community College
Jen Krafchick, Colorado State University
Maiana Minahal, University of Hawaiʻi
Porscha Dela Fuente University of Hawaiʻi
Chris Fiorentino, California State University, Fresno
Linnea Broker, Washington Campus Compact

Cost:  $25.00
Space Limited to 50 Participants 

International Service-Learning: Strategies for Entry, Engagement, and Evaluation

Developing students’ global consciousness, knowledge, and skills through various forms of international service has become increasingly popular in study abroad, alternate spring breaks, and faculty led service-learning courses. As well, the formation of local and global collaborations with individuals, communities, NGOs, and colleges has the potential for improving existing conditions and leveraging long-term, sustainable community development. However, logistical nightmares, culture shock, voyeur tourism, and the reinforcement of north/south inequities are some of the challenges that must be overcome if social justice is to be advanced and student learning enhanced. Drawing from real examples around the world, this workshop will examine associated issues and practical strategies for effective service-learning and global engagement.

Christine Cress, Professor of Educational Leadership and Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Service-Learning, Portland State University

Cost:  $25.00
Space Limited to 50 Participants