Engagement Conferences and Professional Development

Opportunities for professional development

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi to address PeaceJam

UConn is proud to welcome courageous human rights defender Shirin Ebadi for a public lecture as part of the 2015 PeaceJam conference.

Peace Laureate Shrin Ebadi

Where Policy Meets Humanity: Making Human Rights Real for Everyone

Friday, March 13

3:00 PM

Student Union Theater

Doors open at 2:30 PM

Free Admission

Shirin Ebadi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts toward democracy, peace, and women’s rights.
She was the first woman to serve as a judge in Iran, founder of the Center for Defenders of Human Rights, and has been repeatedly threatened for her outspoken criticism of the Iranian government.

Sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Community Outreach, Global Affairs, Student Affairs, the Women’s Center, the Asian and Asian American Cultural Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Public Engagement, the Asian and Asian American Institute, the Human Rights Institute, the Middle East Studies Program, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

PeaceJam logoStudents are also invited to attend the weekend PeaceJam Conference with Shirin Ebadi Saturday and Sunday, March 14th and 15that the University of Connecticut

Open to students ages 13 and older, as well as their teachers and adult advisers. Pre-registration is required!
REGISTER HERE Cost: $130 per person before March 6th.


CT Campus Compact Faculty Workshops

Campus Compact-CUniversity of New Haven, with the support of CTCC, is hosting Dr. Jacoby to present two workshops that are open to faculty and staff from CTCC Member Institutions. The workshops are on:

  • How to Succeed with Service Learning

(Thursday, 2/26/15, 3:30 – 5:00 PM)

UNH Gehring Hall-Lee Institute, 301

  • How to Deepen Learning Through Critical Reflection

(Friday, 2/27/15, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM)

UNH German Club

Dr. Barbara Jacoby is an internationally recognized leader in service learning and civic engagement, and author of seven books, including Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned  (2014). Read her full bio.
To RSVP for either event, email Sally Anastos at sanastos@newhaven.edu
Space is limited. RSVPs will be accepted until February 24th or until events are filled.


Dr. Mary Carol Combs at UConn

The Neag School of Education hosts Dr. Mary Carol Combs for two presentations:

Faculty-Student Organizing for Social Justice Policy in a College of Education

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Neag School of Education, Gentry 144
UConn, Storrs Campus

The Role of Discriminatory Education Policy on Teaching and Learning in Arizona

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
11:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
404 Library
UConn, West Hartford Campus

Mary Carol Combs Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and
Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. She teaches graduate and undergraduate
courses in bilingual and ESL education, sheltered content instruction and ESL methods, Indigenous
language revitalization, and language policy and planning. Her research interests include bilingual
education policy and law, sociocultural theory, Indigenous language revitalization and development,
immigration and education, sheltered instruction and ELL teacher preparation.

Free and open to the public
Contact: Mark Kohan at mark.kohan@uconn.edu
RSVP via Doodle

Robert Rooks to deliver the Professor Rollin C. Williams Memorial Lecture

In celebration of Black History Month 2015, the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and UCONN Hartford proudly presents, The  Professor Rollin C. Williams Memorial Lecture, featuring Robert Rooks, M.S.W. ’99,

Organizing Director at Californians for Safety and Justice.

Mr. Rooks’ presentation will address mass incarceration and its collateral consequences including:

  • misplaced priorities of government investments in
    incarceration over education;
  • the generational impact on individuals, families and
    communities and the victim;
  • perpetuating a culture of control and punishment and how criminal justice policies devalues and dehumanize young black boys and men of color resulting in increased victimization.

He will discuss opportunities for reform and what social workers can do to rollback mass incarceration and its collateral consequences.

For more information and to REGISTER go to: UConn School of Social Work



Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale

Presented by Unite For Sight, 12th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015


The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register by January 20th to secure the lowest registration rate: http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit a social enterprise pitch abstract for consideration.  Present your early-stage idea, program, or organization to the audience, and then receive guidance, advice, and mentoring from an expert panel. The GHIC Innovation Prize offers two cash awards in the amounts of $10,000 and $5,000 to the two best social enterprise pitches.

250 Speakers: Engage with 250 speakers in lectures, panels, workshops, and mentoring sessions. See the c