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Engagement & Social Justice In Community Colleges

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Community College students have complex lives and grapple with social justice issues constantly: in their workplaces where they make less than a living wage, in their neighborhoods that are often challenged, and in their families where they are striving to make a difference and achieve a better life.
Simultaneously, community college students bring many assets to our community colleges. Many of our students are already civic participators in their neighborhood associations, schools, and community organizations. They bring diversity in age, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and perspectives. And at the forefront of this, our communities are their homes.
So to promote social justice and civic engagement on community colleges, we must ask: How does community engagement work in the community college? How can we infuse social justice into our curricular and co-curricular work, especially issues directly affecting our students?  How can we learn from others, and become connected in order to gain ongoing support?
This full-day institute will ask these questions and will help you get started or move to the next place in your civic engagement, service-learning, and student services work.
Throughout the day, each unit will be followed by examples of what this work looks like and how it can be done without many resources. Participants will work in peer groups comprised of faculty and groups comprised of student services staff.  By the end of the day, faculty and staff will leave with models of social justice courses, campus programs and assessment strategies to implement at their community college.

Institute Goals:

  • Build a social justice framework for yourself and your students
  • Design civic engagement experiences both for the curricular (bring your syllabi) and co-curricular settings
  • Learn from other community college faculty and staff

The meeting is taking place in the Community Commons Room on the second floor of the Great Path Academy entrance.

About the Facilitator:

Dr. Suzanne M. Buglione is Dean of Teaching and Learning at Bristol Community College, where she is responsible for faculty and staff development, academic support, library resources and experiential education.  Her experience includes over a decade of college instruction in undergraduate and graduate education and developing First Year Experience programming, outcomes assessments, prior learning assessment, and a center for service-learning and civic engagement.  Suzanne has presented widely and has authored articles and chapters related to the community college, civic engagement, the scholarship of engagement, service-learning, adult learning, identity development and faculty development. Suzanne is the recipient the NSEE Outstanding Experiential Education Research/Dissertation Award, the IARSCLE Honorable Mention Dissertation Award, the League for Innovations in the Community Colleges Roueche Excellence Award and the League of Innovation 2018 Patricia Cross Fellowship. Suzanne earned her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Boston focusing on nontraditional learners in Service-learning in higher education.

Snow Date: Friday, February 16, 2017


February 2
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Manchester Community College
60 Bidwell St
Manchester, CT 06040 United States
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