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Mass Department of Higher Ed Annual Conference

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education welcomes teams of administrators, faculty and staff from Massachusetts public colleges and universities to its 4th annual conference on civic learning and engagement, entitled “How Civic Engagement Impacts Student Learning and Student Success.” This free conference will feature:

  • A panel of 3 campus presidents, a provost, and their civic engagement leaders reflecting on how their institutions are institutionalizing civic engagement.
  • Small group discussions organized by institutional type exploring how civic engagement can be supported and sustained on our campuses.
  • A networking lunch.
  • A keynote address by Dr. Tania Mitchell.
  • And a set of breakout sessions including:
    • Civic engagement course development, for faculty interested in working in small groups with an experienced faculty mentor to begin revising a syllabus to integrate civic engagement into a course,
    • Assessment of student civic learning outcomes from both the curricular and co-curricular perspective, and
    • A follow-up conversation with Tania Mitchell


Additional details including registration info will be available shortly.

Please note: this event is for Massachusetts public colleges and universities. Additional spaces may be available for other institutions as the date nears. 

Keynote speaker Tania D. Mitchell is an associate professor of higher at the University of Minnesota. Her teaching interests include social justice theory, civic discourse, public service, leadership and the pedagogy, philosophy, and practice of service-learning in higher education. Much of her research focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice.

Planning Committee:

  • Robert Awkward, Mass Department of Higher Education
  • Suzanne Buglione, Bristol Community College
  • Caroline Angel Burke, EMK Institute
  • Barbara Canyes, Campus Compact for Southern
    New England
  • Cate Kaluzny, North Shore Comm. College
  • Danielle Leek, Bunker Hill Community College
  • Cynthia Lynch, Salem State University
  • Pat Marshall, Mass Department of Higher Education
  • John Reiff, Mass Department of Higher Education
  • Mark Wagner, Worcester State University
  • David Weiss, Fitchburg State University
  • Christine Williams, Mass Department of Higher Education
  • Sarah Yezzi, EMK Institute


May 29
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Fitchburg State University
160 Pearl St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420 United States
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