2011 Spring Symposium

March 30, 2011

Exploration of Community-University Engagement through Participatory Action Research

The Keynote presentation was given by Dr. Jean Schensul, Founding Director and Senior Scientist of the Institute for Community research (ICR) located in Hartford. ICS’s approach to collaborative action research brings ICR directly into the community where residents live, work and socialize. A dialogue process drives their partnerships with community organizations and residents where together priority concerns are determined. ICR also interacts with an array of local, regional and national organizations whose interests and work intersect with their mission.

View slides of Dr. Schensul’s presentation here: SchensulResearch2011.

The program also included a panel discussion that offered perspectives and commentary on the importance of community-university relationships and higher learning. The panelists included:

Dr. Louise Simmons, School of Social Work (Public Engagement Award winner)

Dr. Saul Petersen, Executive Director of CT Campus Compact

Michael Baczewski, UConn Student (Public Engagement Award winner)

Candida Flores, Community Partner (Executive Director, Family Life Education)