Re-imagining our Five College Campus-Community Partnerships: A Virtual Reflection & Dialogue

Join us for two sessions of reflection and dialogue (on zoom) that explores how community organizations, community members, activists and organizers can work with Five College faculty, students, and staff to share resources, shift power and support meaningful relationships in our collaborative work.

First Session: Thursday 5/13: 4 - 6 PM
Second Session: Thursday 5/20: 4 - 6 PM

This is a virtual/zoom event, REGISTRATION HERE:
(ZOOM link will be sent out to registered participants prior to the event)

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First Session on 5/13:  “Our Engagement Histories + the Present Moment”
We’ll discuss the origins of reciprocal engagement between the Five Colleges and local communities with a review of Holyoke’s Campus-Community Compact. We will also explore the current landscape of community engagement across the Pioneer Valley during this challenging time. A keynote conversation will be followed by break-out sessions to discuss values and best practices for building reciprocal campus-community partnerships.
Second Session on 5/20: “Our Engagement Challenges + Future Possibilities”
We’ll discuss the key challenges for transformational campus-community engagement and explore new ways to develop anti-racist and socially just relationships between the Five Colleges and local communities.  A keynote conversation will be followed by sessions that explore specific topics on the future of just and equitable campus-community partnerships.
Open to all Five College faculty, staff, students and community members working with campus partners.

If you are from one of the Five Colleges, consider inviting a community partner you work with to attend, and if you are a community member, consider inviting a campus partner you collaborate with. Of course all are welcome whether you have an existing campus or community partnership. While we encourage attending both sessions, the registration process will allow you to register for a single session.

Event program and campus compact are attached above!
For questions, please contact Joseph Krupczynski, Director, Civic Engagement & Service-Learning at UMass Amherst and Co-Chair of the Five College Community-Based Learning Committee: