April 3, 2013
UConn Making a Difference in Urban Connecticut
Hosted by UConn’s Office of Public Engagement and CT Cooperative Extension System
Featured Keynote Speaker:
Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and
Associate Director, CT Cooperative Extension System
Invited presenters include the following faculty, students and staff:
- Joseph Amat and Monica Smith, School of Engineering
- John Bell, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, School of Fine Arts
- Courtney Marie Beyers, School of Nursing
- Preston Britner and Anne Farrell, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Thomas Buckley and S. Megan Berthold, School of Pharmacy and the School of Social Work
- Petra Clark-Dufner, School of Medicine/Center for Public Health and Health Policy
- Cheryl Czuba and Robin Drago-Provencher, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension
- Devra Dang, School of Pharmacy
- Judith Fifield, The Health Disparities Institute
- Kristin Schwab & John Alexopoulos, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Donald Takacs, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Umekia Taylor, Ana Gomez-Volek, and Wanda Hamilton, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension and Neag School of Education
- Carolyn Williams and Kaitlin Seidensticker, School of Engineering
- Mary Ellen Welch, Laura Marek and Lisa Marcinkowski, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension
A concurrent poster display showcased public engagement programs including representatives from:
- Center for Academic Programs
- Center for Public Health & Health Policy
- College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension
- Department of Geography, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Neag School of Education
- Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- School of Social Work
- The Urban Semester Program
- 2012 Provost Award Winners for Excellence in Public Engagement
The public, students, faculty and staff were invited to come to the event curious and prepared to ask questions of those presenting to become better informed about UConn public engagement.
Key Attributes for Public Engagement
The following are key attributes by which successful public engagement projects are carried out by faculty, staff, students and alumni.
- Assist the public with problem solving, developing public policy, and/or providing technical assistance.
- Create partnerships with urban organizations, such as schools, businesses, industry associations, local government units, or public agencies around critical issues.
- Organize ways to engage students in communities and schools and link student classroom experiences with community involvement.
- Provide leadership in public programming, such as is offered through campus arts, humanities and cultural programming venues.
- Develop and lead programs that provide education to the public or to part-time off campus students. Demonstrate sustaining leadership in working with the public and/or with external organizations.
- Document growth working with urban partners including intellectual, professional and/or career growth as a result of the experience.
- Feature innovative ways of working for the well-being of citizens and communities including evidence of the impact on a target audience.
- Documented excellence in extending university or community knowledge.
- Evidence of impact on scholarship/research, instruction and curriculum development, or evidence of national significance in the field.