2019 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum

The 2019 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum Celebrates Local Citizenship in a Global World

Pitt students, faculty, and staff were united with community members during the Community Engaged Scholarship Forum held on March 29. Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and secretary of the Board of Trustees kicked the day off by conferring the first-annual Partnerships of Distinction award. In presenting the awards, Dr. Humphrey stated “The reason we created this award is to help us lift up the truly outstanding partnership work that brings our teaching and research into communion with community goals. We know that developing partnerships takes time; that intersecting the University’s goals and benchmarks for success with the community’s goals and benchmarks for success is a complicated thing. But we also know that this is tremendously important." Read more about the winning partnerships in this University Times article. The five winning partnership were:
(1) AIDS Free Pittsburgh (2) Black Girls Equity Alliance & Black Girls Advocacy & Leadership Alliance (3) Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (4) The Just Discipline Project (5) Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Six break-out sessions co-presented by University and community representatives demonstrated the breadth of community engaged scholarship happening at Pitt. Attendess participated by asking questions of the panel, exploring their own opportunities for partnership and learning best practices. These break-out sessions lead into a plenary session with participants moving from table to table and interacting with displays of community engaged work from across the University. This was an opportunity for culture-building discussion as participants gained valuable information from each other. But perhaps the most unique part of the new day-long structure was the addition of keynote speaker, Dr. Timothy K. Eatman. Dr. Eatman is the inaugural dean of the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and professor of urban education at Rutgers University-Newark. He offered a compelling presentation and facilitated lively discussion, giving partipants a different perspective on the approach to University-Community partnerships. View a description of the break-out session topics here. Read more about the breakout-sessions here.

A special thank you to the 2019 CESF sponsors: Office of Community and Governmental Relations, Honors College, Study Abroad, School of Education, PittServes, School of Social Work, Elsie Hillman Civic Forum, CONNECT

Prior to the Community Engaged Scholarship Forum was the Idea Exchange hosted by the Academically Based Community Engagement Ad-hoc Committee. Read more about the foundational work of ABCE in this summary document [PDF].