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Students as Colleagues
Edward Zlotkowski

Although students in the 1980s played a critical role in launching the current civic engagement movement, their voices have been largely absent from the national conversation where the movement has been debated and developed.  Given the many strengths students bring to the leadership table, this makes no sense. In this plenary session we will pause to consider why faculty, staff, and administrators need to expand their understanding of what students can do to grow and sustain high quality academic-community partnerships.

Faculty as Learners
Patti Clayton

Re-thinking roles both requires and fosters significant learning; and
the counter-normative nature of service-learning teaching and
scholarship makes them powerful stimuli to faculty learning, especially
when we approach this work intentionally as a developmental journey.
This plenary session will explore the opportunities and challenges
associated with the professional development of faculty as
service-learning practitioner-scholars. How and why with what
consequences do faculty (including graduate students as future faculty)
grow as reflective practitioners, as mentors, as leaders in their
academic communities, as co-educators with community partners, as
cross-disciplinary scholars, as authors of integrated roles, and as
change agents?

Community as Colleagues: Can You Hear Me Now?
Lyvier Conss, Facilitator

Panelists: Janet Pace, Executive Director, Louisiana Serve Commission, Baton Rouge, LA; Karen Stagg, Director, Connections for Life, Baton Rouge, LA; Allen Tuten, Habitat for Humanity, Ruston, LA

Let’s really listen to what our community colleagues have to say about community engagement.  Through community partner voices, we can truly find our own service-learning and community engagement voices!  Lyvier Conss from the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) will facilitate a lively panel discussion in which outstanding community colleagues help us rethink how we work together. Panelists promise to tell us what it “really” feels like to have the university or college come to visit. The discussion will also explore creative models of partnering, how to bridge cultures, and ways community partners can play active roles in enhancing projects and programs, including student learning.

Roundtable Sessions: Everyone at the Table

Let's all gather around the table to rethink civic engagement from diverse perspectives and learn from each other. This is the opportunity to engage conferees on topics of concern to practitioners of service-learning. Some of these informal sessions will be facilitated by experienced colleagues of yours, and will be self-conducted by the group. Each table will have a topic. Choose one and enjoy this time of dialogue. Who knows what good ideas may come of it!

Old State Capitol Rotunda

The colored stained glass in the rotunda of the Old State Capitol, built in 1847 to overlook the Mississippi River.

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about the plenary speakers

Patti Clayton

Lyvier Conss

Janet Pace

Karen Stagg

Allen Tuten

Edward Zlotkowski

For more information, contact the Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership
Louisiana State University -- B-31 Coates Hall -- Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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