2014 TRUCEN Meeting at UConn

The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) 2014 Meeting

In February 2014, The University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) held the annual meeting at the UConn Storrs campus. The two day meeting addressed issues and best practices for engaged scholarship and the development of civic engagement, community partnerships and service learning opportunities.

A Highlight video of the proceedings is archived here

Proceedings of the meeting are available in archived video by using the links below.

February 28, 2014

Introduction and Welcome to UConn

  • E. Carol Polifroni, UConn Director of Engagement
  • Sally M. Reis, UConn Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


Session 1: UConn Engaged Scholarship: Real Needs, Real Partners

  • Preston A. Britner, Philip E. Austin Chair and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (Moderator)

 The Urban Service Track: A Model Program for Interprofessional and Community Based Training of Health Profession Students

  • Petra Clark-Dufner, Director, Urban Service Track and Associate Director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program/Network
  • Bruce E.Gould Associate Dean for Primary Care at the School of Medicine and the Director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program/Network and Urban Health Scholars

 The Bioscience CT Health Disparities Institute: Addressing Health Disparities through Community Engaged Scholarship

  • Salome Raheim, Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work
  • Judith A. Fifield, Professor Family Medicine, Director of Ethel Donaghue TRIPP Center, Interim Co-Director of UConn Health Disparities Institute

Ki kote santé? [Where is health?] Working together in rural Haitian communities

  • Judy Lewis, Center for International Community Health Studies and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Community Medicine and Health Care;
  • Bette Gebrian, Director of Public Health, Haitian Health Foundation, and Assistant Clinical Professor in Residence, Schools of Nursing and Medicine;
  • Casimir Alfred, Director of Education and Training, Haitian Health Foundation;
  • Leah Gregorio, 2nd Year Medical Student
  • David Gregorio, Director, Graduate Public Health Programs and Professor of Community Medicine and Health Care (Discussant)

Session 1

Session 2: Funding Community Engaged Partnerships, Projects & Scholarship

  • Joshua Newton, President & CEO, UConn Foundation
  • Christopher Petkovich, Director of Foundation Relations, UConn Foundation

Session 2

Session 3: Responses and Conversations: Ideas for New Partnerships

  • Jacqueline Smith, Arizona State University, Facilitator

Session 3

(“Session 4” was an evening dinner.)

 March 1, 2014

Session 5: Organizing for Institutionalization of Civic Engagement at Your University: How Can You Be an Effective Agent of Change?

  • John D. Reiff, UMass Amherst, facilitator
  • Jay Brandenberger and James Frabutt, University of Notre Dame
  • Kerissa Heffernan, Brown University

Session 5: Part 1    Session 5: Part 2    Session 5: Part 3

Session 6: Institutional Frameworks for Global Service-Learning and Field Building Initiatives

  • Richard Kiley, Cornell University
  • Beth Tryon, University of Wisconsin
  • Timothy Stanton, Stanford University, facilitator

Session 6:  Part 1   Session 6: Part 2

TRUCEN Update & Future Plans

  • Maureen Curley, President, Campus Compact
  • Timothy Stanton, Stanford University