Community and Civic Engagement: Institutionalizing Public Engagement

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The Office of Engagement hosted three events on Monday, October 26th, at the University Center.

The Youth Voices Community Conversation

This event was hosted in collaboration with Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Colorado Civic Health Network. This community dialogue is one of four events happening across the state of Colorado, and is intended to share ideas for improving civic life for youth in our community, explore current opportunities and stumbling blocks youth encounter, and develop a collective vision to improve youth civic health.

The Civic Imperative: Engaging our youth, enriching our communities

This workshop featured a panel of youth from local communities and UNC who engaged with one another and the audience as part of a larger dialogue about community and civic engagement across the state. Participants shared ideas for improving civic life for youth in our community, considered current opportunities and stumbling blocks that youth encounter, and inspired us to think about a collective vision to improve youth civic health. 

Greeley youth sharing their experiences during the luncheon panel are pictured below.

Greeley youth sharing their experiences during the luncheon panel.

Engaged Scholar Award Ceremony

The UNC Engaged Scholar Awards were created to recognize and honor outstanding efforts and achievements made toward the development and practice in the field of community engagement between UNC constituents and community partners. Recipients were recognized for their outstanding work and dedication to engaged work in one or more of the following fields: community-based learning, community-based research, and community partner building. 

2015 Engaged Scholar Award Recipients:

Portrayed below, L - R; awards were announced by Associate Director of Engagement Annie Epperson.

Armando Silva- Community Partner
Dr. Whitney Duncan- Faculty
Lu Benke- Graduate Student
Megan Stoneman- Undergraduate Student
Patrick McDonald- Staff
Meagan Cain- Graduate Student (not able to attend)

Engaged scholars are portrayed recieving their awards.

The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awardees:

Amber Lemmon, Cayden Osley, and Azanet Rodriguez recieving their awards from Director of Engagement Dr. Deborah Romero.

CAP awardees are portrayed recieving thier awards.

The 2015 Community Engaged Scholars Symposium

The 9th annual Community Engaged Scholars Symposium brought together members of the university, community partners, and public at large to share information about community issues and community engaged teaching, learning, and research. This year we had 45 presentations, over 100 presenters, and more than 200 people participated in the day’s events and symposium.

UNC President Kay Norton is portrayed with Azanet Rodriguez and the Phelps family; also with Professor Josh Packard and Bob Brunswig.

CAP Award winner, Azanet Rodriguez, opened the 9th Annual Community Engaged Scholar Symposium with a vocal performance. She is pictured above (left) along with University President Kay Norton and the Phelps family. Dr. Josh Packard, 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research Award, is pictured (right) along with University President Kay Norton and Professor Emeritus Bob Brunswig.

Three posters, along with presenters, are portrayed.

A sampling of the poster presentations at the Symposium are pictured above.

UNC Earns Community Engagement Status from Carnegie Foundation

The UNC Office of Engagement is pleased to announce the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected UNC as one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.  UNC is among  83 institutions to earn first time classification, and is one of only three universities in Colorado to hold the designation (Colorado State and the University of Denver are the others.) The Carnegie Engagement Classification supports a central value of our institution and mission and provides substance and recognition, informed by national norms. Furthermore, it brings recognition to the important work we do on a daily basis, increases grant opportunities, supports recruitment, and promotes a diverse campus , all of which strengthen our existing and future partnerships in communities locally and globally.

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