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OCEO Professional Development Opportunities

Fall Semester 2021

“Third Thursday” Community Conversations 

Community conversations are one-hour facilitated discussions around specific subjects. These dialogues are open to all members of the university community and public. For the Spring 2021 semester, conversations will be focused around health and wellness. This is to build intentional community with others working in this field. Community Conversations occur monthly on Thursdays at 10 AM. 

Date Upcoming Session
Thursday, November 18 A Call to Action to Vote: Why Local Elections Matter

Community Engagement Seminar Series

The Community Engagement Seminar Series is a monthly webinar series open to all members of the campus community. Seminars are held monthly on Thursdays at 2 PM. 

Date  Topic & Registration
Thursday, August 26 Best Practices of Community Engagement

Engagement is always community- based and is built upon shared decision making, and planning, collaboration, trust, and respect. This workshop defines and explores the application of best practices of community engagement such as reciprocity, cultural competence, and  evaluation.

Thursday, September 30 Building Knoxville Partnerships with Social Capital

Social capital broadly defined refers to factors of effective collaborations including interpersonal relationships, trust, cooperation, reciprocity, and a shared identity and values. This workshop outlines several ways for faculty, staff, and students to explore building social capital with Knoxville area community partners.

Thursday, October 28 A Multidisciplinary Systems Approach to Engagement

This workshop will examine social, economic, and civil systems that frame community engagement efforts and explore how to work within these systems in a multidisciplinary manner to advance shared goals with community partners.

Community Engagement Academy

The Community Engagement Academy (CEA) is an interdisciplinary professional development program designed for new UTK faculty (0-3 years) and graduate students who wish to learn the foundations of community engagement and engaged scholarship and apply knowledge to research and practice. CEA will provide emerging engagement scholars with background literature on the history of community engagement, facilitated discussion, project design, mentoring, and presentations to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community engagement and engaged scholarship.

Applications for the 2021 CEA will open August 1, 2021 and are due August 31. 

Coffee Chats

On Mondays at 10 AM, meet OCEO staff and fellow colleagues for virtual coffee to discuss your community engagement and outreach projects and ideas!