Workshops for Faculty & Staff

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Community Engagement @ Michigan Series

Ginsberg Center’s Community Engagement @ Michigan Series addresses critical topics in community-engaged teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and program/project development. Through seminars and events, this faculty and professional development series supports faculty, staff, administrators, post-docs, and graduate students at U-M who are interested in learning about or further developing community-driven practice. Participants engage with strategies and approaches to develop and sustain community partnerships for research & teaching, prepare students to work with communities, emphasize civic learning across disciplines, develop and refine course-based and program curriculum, and more.

  • Offered in Fall and Winter terms.
  • Open to Faculty, Admin/Staff, and Postdocs. Some sessions open to Graduate Students.
  • Registration is required for all workshops
  • See session descriptions below for event registration

Please note that all workshops require advanced registration

Power & Partnerships in Community Engagement - Strategizing with IRWG Affiliates

Tuesday September 12th, 2023 12pm-1pm (In Person, Lane Hall)

  • In partnership with IRWG, this special session of Ginsberg Center’s Power & Partnership in Community Engagement is designed with IRWG affiliates and grant applicants in mind. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to key principles of equity-focused community engagement and identify some ways that relationships of power shape: the structure and terms of partnership agreements between community organizations and university partners; participation dynamics in university-community research projects; grant proposal preparation, knowledge production & dissemination; and more. Participants will encounter and generate strategies for re-shaping inequitable power dynamics, identify ways to apply key principles to their own community-engaged work. Lunch will be provided.
  • Register Now for this IRWG + Ginsberg special session

Introduction to University-Community Matchmaking

Thursday, September 21, 2023 10am-10:50am (on Zoom)

  • With a network of over 300+ community partners across Southeast Michigan, the Edward Ginsberg Center works to connect local communities with U-M courses, researchers, internships and other community-engaged initiatives. Ginsberg Center’s Matchmaking Process helps faculty, staff and students learn about community priorities, translate university opportunities to a community audience, and develop strong relationships with local community partners. Curious about connecting with communities? Starting to plan for your future courses and projects? Join us for this informational session to learn more about Ginsberg’s matchmaking process!
  • Open to faculty, admin/staff, post-docs and graduate students.
  • Register Now

Power & Partnership in Community Engagement

Friday, October 6, 2023 10am-11:30am (on Zoom)

  • Developing equitable and mutually beneficial partnerships with community members and organizations requires taking a critical look at how power operates in university-community partnerships. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to key principles of equity-focused community engagement and discuss how relationships of power shape university-community partnerships for research and student learning. We’ll consider how power operates in such areas as: the structure and terms of partnership agreements, participation dynamics in university-community projects, and funding/compensation. Participants will generate strategies for re-shaping inequitable power dynamics, share insights with colleagues, and identify ways to apply key principles to their own community-engaged work. This session is designed especially for participants who are involved in (or interested in) community-engaged research, teaching & learning, project/program administration, and/or campus initiatives at Michigan.
  • Open to faculty, staff, admin, and post-docs.
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Accessibility Practices for Community-Engaged Teaching & Learning

Tuesday October 24, 2023 1pm-2:30pm (on Zoom)

  • Community-engaged courses invite undergraduate and graduate students at Michigan to work with and in local communities through course assignments, clinical experiences, research projects, service hours, partnership development and other forms of engagement. Making these community-engaged learning activities accessible to students requires instructors to commit to considerable reflection, planning, and communication with students and community partners. In this session, participants will learn about common barriers to student access associated with community-engaged courses, identify accessibility practices for course design and disability accommodations, and discuss how to apply these practices to their own community-engaged courses and programs.
  • This session is designed for participants with instructional responsibilities and is open to faculty, admin/staff, post-docs, and graduate student instructors (GSIs)
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Request a Customized Workshop

As part of our support for community-engaged academic partners (faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate student instructors), we also offer private programs and workshops for teams, departments, schools, and colleges. Our Academic Partnership staff will consult with you to understand your goals and identify a scope and focus for a customized training. Past programs for faculty have included these and other topics:

  • Power & Partnership in Community Engagement
  • Appreciative Interviewing
  • Education for Democracy
  • Teaching About & During Elections
  • Publishing Community Engaged Scholarship
  • Anti-Racist Community Engagement
  • Community Engagement at Michigan 
  • Enhancing Your Community-Engaged Teaching

Contact Us

To request a consultation or to learn more about Ginsberg Center's services, please submit a Support Request Form.

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