The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

As part of our support for community-engaged academic partners (faculty, staff, and graduate student instructors), we offer interactive workshops on a number of topics. Our ongoing workshop series is regularly updated on our events calendar

We also offer private workshops (in-person or virtual) for teams, departments, schools, and colleges on request.  Our sessions are designed to be interactive, engaging, and tailored to academic partners' interests, experience levels, community contexts, and types of engagement. Below is an overview of some of the sessions we have offered in the past, but we are happy to work with you to design a new workshop that fits your group's needs. Fill out our Support Request Form to get started.

Contact us at Ginsberg.Engage@umich.edu if you have any questions. Join our Academic Partner mailing list to stay informed about upcoming events and opportunities!  

Engaged Design: Developing Community-Engaged Courses

Have you been thinking about integrating community engagement into a new or existing course? In this session, we discuss ways to promote student learning through experiences in communities. We explore key principles and promising practices for developing effective and equitable community-engaged courses. Participants begin applying these ideas to their own courses or course ideas. This session can be offered as part of a series.

Ethical & Effective Partnering

Have you wondered how to effectively partner with communities through your research, programs, courses, or other projects? In this intercative session, we begin by discussing the current spectrum of community engagement at UofM. Depending on availaiblity, participants may be able to dialogue with local community partners. We explore lessons learned and promising practices for initiating, maintaining, and deepening partnerships. This session can be offered as part of a series.

Digging Deeper: Enhancing your Community-Engaged Teaching

This workshop offers a hands-on approach to curricular design for faculty interested in transforming existing community-engaged courses. Attendees will share common challenges, explore evidence-based strategies, and workshop ways for applying these strategies to their own courses. This session can be offered as part of a series.

DEI & Community Engagement

Community-engaged teaching has important implications for the development of cross-cultural awareness and positively impacts campus climate as students, faculty and community members collaborate across differences. Developing truly mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships requires taking a critical look at how power and privilege are embedded in these relationships, and what steps we can take to work towards positive community impact, while also promoting student learning. In this session, we discuss key principles and practices to promote student learning and mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships and begin applying these ideas to your own course. This session is designed for faculty, staff, or graduate student instructors planning to teach a community-engaged course. This session can be offered as part of a series

Anti-Racist Community Engagement for Academic Partners

This interactive virtual workshop interrogates the role white supremacy often plays in university-community engagement experiences and will explore anti-racist approaches to our work in and with communities. The workshop is designed for academic partners with prior knowledge or experience with community engagement who are interested in learning more about how to practice anti-racism in their engaged course, research, or program. Workshop content will build on basic concepts of race, racism, social identity, power, and privilege. If you're newer to these concepts and how they connect to community engagement, you may want to read Tania Mitchell's (2008) “Traditional vs. Critical Service-Learning” before attending.

Education for Democracy

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted and exacerbated existing racial, economic, and health disparities within our communities. It is critical that we prepare students to recognize and challenge current threats to our democracy and to identify ways they can contribute to systemic change. Whether your course content is directly related to civic engagement or not, actively connecting your discipline to broader systems significantly impacts students’ ability to understand and participate in civic life. In this session, we share multiple pathways to encourage students’ immediate and long-term habits of civic engagement. Participants explore how their courses, research, and programs can support each pathway.

Publishing Community-Engaged Scholarship

How is community-engaged scholarship different from other forms of scholarship? What are outlets for this scholarship? How can we maximize the impact of this scholarship for discipline(s), community partners/communities, and the field? The session offers ways you can prepare yourselves to publish community engaged scholarship and opportunities to apply ideas to their own research.