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Community Engagement Fall Conference

Join MCW's Office of Community Engagement to explore how community engagement provides opportunities for developing leadership potential. Good leaders and effective community-engaged professionals share many of the same qualities. During the Community Engagement Fall Conference, we'll explore these commonalities across the community-academic partnership spectrum. You will have the opportunity to learn from a visiting keynote in addition to MCW faculty, staff, and community partners who are professionally growing and developing their own careers through community engagement and community engaged research projects.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Medical College of Wisconsin | Alumni Center 

8701 Watertown Plank Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53226

Keynote Speaker | Becca Berkey, PhD 

Becca began at Northeastern’s Center of Community Service in February 2013, and is now the Director of Service-Learning. Previously, Becca served as the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State. She has also served as a Course Director for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida facilitating leadership education and development initiatives on campus both in the curriculum and the co-curriculum.

Her scholarly research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers. For her dissertation research, she collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association for Just Farming: An Environmental Justice Perspective on the Capacity of Grassroots Organizations to Support the Rights of Organic Farmers and Laborers. In addition, she does research, publishes, and presents in the field of service-learning and community engagement and a book she co-edited, Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement


Session Schedule

Discussion Groups - Leadership Inspiration & Philosophy | 9:30-10:00 am

Kick off the day with a cup of coffee and small group conversations about your thoughts on leadership philosophies and inspirations.

Keynote Speaker | 10:00-11:00 am

"Building and Sustaining a Culture of Engagement: The Role of Individuals as a Creative Catalyst for Professional Development and Institutional Change" by Becca Berkey, PhD, Director of Service-Learning at Northeastern University.

Panel - Leadership Insights from the Community Engaged Scholars Mentoring Network | 11:15 am-12:15 pm

The Community Engaged Scholars Mentoring Network pairs senior faculty members with extensive experience in CE and CEnR with MCW faculty interested in improving their scholarship tracks for CE and CEnR. This panel will explore how their experience in the mentoring program and involvement in community-engaged projects has benefited their professional development and opened doors to new opportunities.

Networking and Lunch | 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Activity - Idea Development for Supporting and Leading Institutional Community Engagement | 1:15 -2:15 pm

This workshop will provide attendees with the practical application of leadership strategies while providing the group an opportunity to provide creative feedback and brainstorming to the Medical College of Wisconsin in order to advance community engagement institutionally.

This is a limited capacity activity that relies on having confirmed numbers of attendees assigned to roles and groups for the duration of the activity. Please be sure that you are available to attend prior to registering. If you find you will be unable to attend at a later date, please contact Erika Petterson at Thank you!

Table Talks - Leadership Development through Community Engaged Research | 2:30-3:30 pm

Successful Community Engaged Research recognizes that every role within partnerships matters and every person on the team has expertise. This session focuses on how contributing to community engaged research helps build leadership skills and attributes for faculty, staff, and community partners. Engage in bi-directional dialogue with the facilitators to learn how they have grown and developed their leadership potential throughout the course of their research projects. Through these conversations, identify how your experiences build your capacity to be a leader in community engagement.

Questions or Comments?

For questions, comments or more information:

Conference Coordinator

Erika Petterson

(414) 955-4424