Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 8:30am to 12:00pm

“Pathways of Public Service: A Comprehensive Framework for Social Change and Diagnostic Tool”

Over the past several years, the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University has worked with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a framework it calls the “Pathways of Public Service.” The pathways collectively describe a range of possibilities by which students can make a contribution to the common good. The framework includes six pathways: direct service, community-engaged scholarship, activism, philanthropy, policy/politics, and social entrepreneurship.

Introducing this framework to students allows them to explore the ways the public service pathways differ from each other in language, practice, and impact. Over the past year, Haas Center staff have collaborated with colleagues at Saint Mary’s College of California, the University of California-Berkeley, and the Community College National Center for Community Engagement to develop and pilot a pathways diagnostic tool that helps faculty and staff understand student predispositions and interests.

In the first half of the session, participants will learn about the Pathways of Public Service framework and participate in an interactive exercise designed to introduce students to the framework. A modified version of a classic group activity, the exercise exposes students’ predispositions toward particular pathways and highlights the ways in which the pathways converge and diverge. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback, ask questions, and discuss how the framework and activity might be used or adapted on their own campuses.

In the second half of the session, participants will learn about the new Public Service Pathways Diagnostic Tool and discuss findings from its pilot year. The tool aims to help students and educators understand proclivities toward each of the six public service pathways, and is intended to be a collaborative tool that strengthens the field. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback to improve the tool, as well as to discuss ways to use it for advising, programming, and research purposes. The session will also include an exchange of ideas that could be used in curriculum development and/or training activities. Presenters will invite participants to begin using the tool on their respective campuses, and to share and pool data in ways that strengthen its validity and usefulness.

Presenters: Tom Schnaubelt, Stanford University; Marshall Welch, Saint Mary’s College of California; Kristy Lobo, Stanford University; and Gail Robinson, Community College National Center for Community Engagement


“Community Partner Strategies for Becoming a Co-Eduator with Colleges in Leveraging Community Change”

Based on real techniques and tips from community agencies, this session will focus on how to create enriching community-campus collaborations that mutually educate students and enhance clients and communities.

Whether you are an expert or novice in developing community-campus service-learning collaborations, we will discuss and tryout proven strategies for supporting community partners in becoming co-educators in civic engagement.

Using material from a new book by the session facilitators (participants will receive a copy as a part of attendance), we will cover how to connect communities with colleges in order to: explore opportunities, establish relationships, engage faculty, empower students, and evaluate outcomes for impact, improvement, and enriching community-campus collaborations.

The goal is for community partners, administrators, and faculty alike to leave the session with new ideas and methods for linking community-based knowledge, expertise, and wisdom with the academic interests and resources of colleges on behalf of learning and community success.

Presenters: Christine Cress; Portland State University; Joyce Kaufman, Whittier College; Marilyn Neece, Intercommunity Counseling Center; and Stephanie Stokamer, Pacific University


"Dignity, Hope, Collaboration, and Excellence: Modeling a Collective Approach to Homelessness in Long Beach”

Join us at the Villages at Cabrillo in West Long Beach for a first-hand look at a unique and successful model for addressing complex issues in our community.

This off-site workshop is designed to provide an opportunity to think critically about how communities address and respond to complex community needs and how university-community partnerships can serve to leverage both community and university resources to most effectively address those needs.

Presenters: Carina Sass, California State University, Long Beach; Cheryl McKnight, California State University, Dominguez Hills; and Steve Colman, Executive Director, Century Villages at Cabrillo.


"'525,600 Minutes': Moments to Muse, Meditate & Motivate"

If we allow it, the spirit of Jonathan Larson’s emblematic Rent anthem heightens our attention to rigorous inquiry, meaningful dialogue, vibrant multiplicity, and personal agency. For twenty years, Portland State University’s University Studies Program has grounded its core curriculum in similarly-identified values through which interdisciplinary meta themes may be thoughtfully investigated. This pre-session will be inherently interactive, because the composition of the participants will inform the tenor and the take-aways. Facilitated by Portland State’s Co-Director of the University Studies Mentor Program, participants will be encouraged to mine their own seasoned lived experiences and thus explore attitudinal and behavioral shifts they might entertain for this year’s remaining minutes. Certainties include: enthusiastic welcomes, timed writings, robust queries, rich dialogues, and relevant connections.

Facilitator: Carol Gabrielli, Portland State University


"Service-Learning 101: Foundations and Best Practices of Service-Learning"

Realizing academic goals and developing students’ civic engagement, knowledge, and skills through project-based service learning is an increasingly popular form of experiential learning.   When properly implemented service learning provides a powerful approach to student learning in a real-world setting.   This workshop addresses the foundations of service learning and guides participants through the process of developing a service learning course following best practices.  Among the topics to be covered:

  • Building effective partnerships: What is the learning in the service?
  • Students’ transformation: Effective ways to trigger transformative learning
  • Service learning as social justice learning: Is it always about social advocacy?
  • Misconceptions of service learning: Challenges and Benefits for students, faculty, and community.
  • Service learning projects: What are the core attributes of successful service learning?

Facilitators: Carlos Silveira (Art) California State University, Long Beach and Gary Hytrek (Sociology) California State University, Long Beach.