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About the Community Engagement Conference

The Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement and the Community Engagement Core host an annual Community Engagement Conference, putting focus on a particular community engaged or community-relevant topic or theme while bringing together academic and community partners for discussion, education and action. In sessions to facilitate education, networking, recognition and promotion of Community Engagement we aim to strengthen community and academic collaboration around health by exploring and growing our common ground to improve the lives of Wisconsin Communities.

Past Community Engagement Conferences

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Growing as a Leader through Community Engagement

MCW's Office of Community Engagement hosted their fall conference on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The conference kicked off with keynote speaker, Becca Berkey, PhD, Director of Service-Learning at Northeastern University, speaking on "Building and Sustaining a Culture of Engagement: The Role of Individuals as a Creative Catalyst for Professional Development and Institutional Change." Attendees explored how community engagement provides opportunities for developing leadership potential, as good leaders and effective community-engaged professionals share many of the same qualities. During the Community Engagement Fall Conference, attendees explored these commonalities across the community-academic partnership spectrum.

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Spreading the Word: Dissemination Strategies for Community Engagement

MCW’s 4th annual Community Engagement Conference hosted by the Office of Community Engagement and the Community Engagement Core took place on April 26th and 27th as a part of a 2018 conference series. The conference offered special sessions focused on community engaged dissemination methods, with inspiration, insight, and instruction to creatively share a message with a target audience and took place at the Ambassador Hotel.
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Elevating Community Voices in Health

The 2017 MCW Community Engagement Week included almost 700 unique attendees through the week’s events, our greatest attendance so far. The week’s accomplishments included building a greater awareness of social determinants of health that have significant impact in our communities. Panel discussions, a world café session, volunteer sandwich-making event and active workshops helped to raise community voices and perspectives, and provided opportunities to engage directly with community organizations, and to participate in rich discussion around issues where we can work to make a greater impact.
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Community Engagement: Bridging the Gap between Academics and Community

The 2016 Community Engagement Conference was an opportunity for community partners, colleagues, and MCW faculty, staff and students to learn and network in a variety of different settings and on different topics. The week included panel discussions, a poster-sharing session, several networking opportunities and presentations from existing community-academic partnerships! Each day had a different theme to provide greater knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting our communities and how to find solutions and bridge the gap between academics and the community.