UConn Faculty Invited to White House Workshop on Research and University Engagement in Promise Zones


Since 2009, the Obama Administration has led the charge away from an outdated, top-down federal approach to investing in communities, in favor of a collaborative federal role that is driven by partnership with local officials, and reliance on data and evidence to guide what works. Today, more than 15 government agencies are executing coordinated efforts in about 1,800 communities nationwide. President Obama announced the touchstone initiative in this model – the Promise Zones Initiative – in his 2013 State of the Union address. The Administration has since designated twen

ty-two Promise Zones in high poverty urban, rural, and tribal communities across the country, where the federal government has committed to providing 10 years of coordinated support to advance locally defined priorities and improve economic mobility.

Carol Polifroni and Bruce Gould
Carol Polifroni and Bruce Gould

As the Promise Zones approach breaks new ground in how communities partner with federal agencies to revitalize, universities can play a critical role in helping communities measure results and improve performance over their 10-year designation, and learning about the effectiveness of this new model of federal-local partnership.

This workshop convened Promise Zones, leading researchers, and academic institutions from across the country to launch a collaborative effort to scale models for university partnerships that are accelerating local progress, identify opportunities to contribute to larger learning about Promise Zones’ promising approach, and chart a path forward to ensure that communities have the support they need from local anchor institutions to succeed.

UConn Expands Program for Careers in Nonprofit Sector

Roy Mainelli, a former aerospace industry professional and graduate of UConn's Encore!Hartford program, speaks with Alex McDade, a participant in Journey Home, a program that helps people who have experienced homelessness get jobs.

Six years after UConn launched a program to assist Hartford-area professionals transition from corporate to nonprofit management, the popular job-training program is expanding.

This fall, in concert with a number of partners, the University will offer Encore!Fairfield County, with the goal of reducing professional sector unemployment in that region of the state and increasing the capacity of local nonprofits, according to program director David Garvey, who is based in UConn’s Department of Public Policy. See the full story here.

Research Community Forum, Oct. 25 and 26

Foundations of Trust: Connecting Our Community to Research

This two-day Research Community Forum will be full of exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops and networking at its finest.

Tuesday, October 25 features a symposium style format focused on ethical issues of engaging community participation in research.  The keynote speaker Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, is presenting: “Connected and Open Research Ethics: Ethical Research Using Personal Health Data.”

Break-out sessions include; Federal, Community Engaged Participatory Research and Mobile Health
Engagement tracks.

Wednesday, October 26 is a workshop-style interactive day providing an opportunity for the research community to engage with our federal partners from OHRP.  This program will explore various key aspects of human research protection including the direct perspective of former participants.


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UConn Civic Action Plan

President Herbst signed the attached Campus Compact Action Statement in March 2016.  To that end, UConn will create and implement a civic action plan between now and March 2017. The Public Engagement Forum met recently to discuss how to do this, what will be our process, who needs to be involved, how will we implement it, and by what metrics do we measure our success. Stay tuned for more information soon. If you would like to be involved, please contact Julia Yakovich at julia.yakovich@uconn.edu or Carol Polifroni at carol.polifroni@uconn.edu.







Service Learning Expo – Storrs Campus Details

Inaugural Service Learning Exposition, Wednesday, April 20th!



Times Vary at Each Campus (check links below) – Poster sessions and presentations

Faculty, staff, and students across UConn campuses have been engaging with the community through service learning for years now, and it is time to showcase their accomplishments and ongoing efforts! UConn has, through the Office of Public Engagement, fostered a mission of developing engaged citizens through coordination, advocacy, and capacity building for engagement activities. Many of these engagement activities are Service Learning.

Come to learn, share, and get inspired from Service Learning Courses, Outreach Programs, Potential Internships, Independent Studies, Teaching Opportunities, and Research – ALL are examples of Service Learning!

The Expo is where students, faculty, staff and community partners can learn of opportunities in accordance with UConn’s Academic Vision. Listen to students are making real difference in our communities while growing personally and professionally. Listen how our faculty and staff are teaching innovative and exciting courses and are fostering programs that benefit our communities!

Please share this information and encourage attendance. http://engagement.uconn.edu/

Storrs Campus – South Reading Room, Wilbur Cross Building

Avery Point – Student Center

Hartford Campus – Zachs Room

Stamford Campus – Concourse

Waterbury – Multipurpose Room

Health Center – Cafeteria

Service Learning Committee