Center for Community Engagement

Workshops & Training

Upcoming Events

June 6 - 8, 2023

This three-day virtual institute will introduce faculty and staff to an experiential learning approach for incorporating social action campaigns into either a semester-long course or co-curricular workshop series. In this transformative experiential learning model, students develop and launch a social actioncampaign of their choosing during the semester the course is taught. The student campaigns seek to change a rule, regulation, norm, or practice of an institution, whether on campus or in the community.

Our long-term goal is to mainstream this model for teaching active democracy. The world needs more citizens who have developed their knowledge and skills in bringing about positive change through real world experience. While not all of the student campaigns are successful, many have been and those that haven’t succeeded have still taught valuable lessons to those who led them and those who were engaged in one form or another.

May 3rd, 2023

We hear the words “community partnerships” frequently, but what does that mean? Hear from experienced community partners on how they have successfully partnered with community engagement college colleagues. What has worked for them? What advice do they have for their fellow community organization representatives looking to partner with a college or university, and what do they want the college representatives to hear? Join us for this engaging 90-minute Webinar, and invite your community partners, faculty, and staff! After the first hour, participants will have the opportunity to join breakout sessions on topics of interest for a more focused discussion. The first hour of this webinar will be recorded and provided to those who register.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
12 noon to 1:30 pm Pacific Time

This webinar is sponsored by LEAD California, Cal State LA, and Saint Mary’s College.

February 13th, 2023

Many institutions know promotion and tenure policies need to be revised and evaluative metrics need to be created to better recognize, reward, and retain publicly engaged faculty. But oftentimes they are hit with “analysis paralysis” - the details of where or how to start can be overwhelming. Focused on the big-picture of navigating institutional change, this panel will share insights from three scholars who have helped their institutions revise both formal and informal promotion and tenure processes, and will offer insights for collective movement.

Panelists include:
Dr. Timothy Eatman, Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community, Rutgers University
Dr. Emily Janke, Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, and Director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, UNC Greensboro
Dr. David Donahue, Professor of Education, University of San Francisco

January 31st, 2023

LEAD California is organizing a statewide grant application to apply for a 3-year $1M grant to develop service-learning courses in the disciplines of Nursing, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Recreation and Leisure, Social Work and Sociology, Health Science and Public Health, etc. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and there is approximately $10M+ in the current pool of CMP funds.
The students in these courses provide direct service to nursing home residents (Using a well-researched BingoCize program out of Western Kentucky University). This program has been replicated in 9 states, using this CMP funding. Additionally, the faculty teaching these service-learning courses would be part of a statewide Faculty Fellows program that will offer training, support, mentorship, and a stipend to those who implement the courses. 

LEAD California will be hosting a webinar call in the near future (early February) to begin identifying colleges and faculty that would like to be written into this grant application. 


If you are interested in learning more by either:

1) participating in the upcoming webinar (it will be recorded in case you are not able to attend)

2) being a campus that is written into the grant (which includes pre-identifying a nursing home facility and obtaining a letter of support for the grant – template will be provided)


Then please complete this form by January 31st. and you will be notified of the informational webinar scheduled for early February. Any questions, please contact

Previous Events

October 1, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

With scheduling on so many minds, now is the time to determine if your Spring 2022 courses should have a designation for Community Engaged Learning (CEL) or Service Learning (SL). CEL or SL designation is required for BroncoSERV access, including risk management forms.

The Zoom workshop on Friday, October 1 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM will cover:

  • Requirements for Community Engaged Learning
  • Requirements for Service Learning
  • Application Process
  • Mini Grant Availability

The deadline to apply for Spring 2022 CEL/SL designation is November 2, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

May 7, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

In-person academic placements are approved for Summer/Fall 2021. This workshop will guide community-engaged learning faculty and coordinators through BroncoSERV and the new procedures to ensure student safety.

Watch The Recorded Workshop

April 30, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

In-person academic placements are approved for Summer/Fall 2021. The workshop provided guidelines and safety protocol for faculty and internships coordinators that will help guide CPP students to a successful in-person placement for the Summer/Fall 2021 academic internship.

Watch the Recorded Workshop

January 2021 | February 2021 | March 2021 | April 2021

Campus Compact and Maine Campus Compact is hosting the Tools for Teaching during COVID Pandemic Support Sessions.

Find tools, resources, and best practices for delivering engaging, quality learning experiences whether you're teaching in a remote, hybrid, or in-person setting. Join other faculty for professional development in a supportive space to address concerns related to synchronous and asynchronous online teaching and discuss teaching practices that keep students engaged and are accessible in any setting.

Each session will be facilitated by Lance Eaton, educational programs manager at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Sessions are open to all interested faculty, staff, and administrators. All sessions will include a 15-20 minute overview, with the remainder of time dedicated to problem-solving and sharing best practices.
Tools for Teaching Sessions:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Service Learning This session will explore how service-learning can be done through the use of digital technology to create opportunities for students to engage with communities that are situated near or far. Digital service-learning creates new opportunities and asks new questions about how learning can be engaging and expansive.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Beyond the Discussion While asynchronous discussions are a central feature of online courses, they can also feel unexciting and not useful to students and instructors. This session will look at strategies around student engagement in online courses that enhance and go beyond traditional discussion forums.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Open Education Open Education addresses issues of inequality and access while simultaneously generating opportunities for creativity and engagement. This session will highlight some of the ways that using open educational resources and open pedagogy can change practices by the instructor and have students more actively contributing to one another's' learning.

Monday, March 8, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Universal Design for Learning If students cannot access the physical or digital classroom, they cannot learn. Approaching teaching and learning through the lens of universal design for learning (UDL) can help prepare students and faculty to be ready for challenges as well as recognize the different abilities of all students. This session highlights some of the essentials of UDL and how to develop them for online learning.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Service Learning This session will explore how service-learning can be done through the use of digital technology to create opportunities for students to engage with communities that are situated near or far. Digital service-learning creates new opportunities and asks new questions about how learning can be engaging and expansive.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 
| 10:00 - 11:15 AM

Thursday, February 25, 2021 

10 - 11:15 AM

Successes achieved by civil and human rights leaders in the twentieth century were monumental, and we continue to see alternative models of social justice–oriented leadership emerge in the twenty-first century.

Join Points of Light on Feb. 25, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET, as this session dives into the dynamics and importance of academic institutions, in collaboration with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other civic and corporate organizations, in preparing the next generation of social justice-oriented leaders.

Attendees will explore the role institutions and organizations, academic or otherwise, are playing to prepare the next generation to show up and stand up. In the words of Morehouse alumnus, Martin Luther King, Jr., to become “drum majors for justice”.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 

12 - 2:00 PM

Join Campus Compact for a training on the use of the deliberative dialogue method as an educational tool for building student capacity to engage in thoughtful, constructive, and critical discussions of public questions.

This training focuses on the National Issues Forums method of public deliberation and includes an overview of the theory of deliberative pedagogy and a deep dive into the method and practice of deliberative dialogue. Participants engage in a practice forum and receive strategies and tools for effective moderation with specific attention to online formats.

The training is a good fit for faculty, civic engagement center staff, or anyone who is in a position to bring deliberative dialogue to students. The offering is facilitated by Nicole Springer, Campus Compact Director of Institutional Capacity Building. As a facilitator and trainer, Nicole has more than 20 years of experience working with community groups, faculty, students, and administrators.

Friday, February 5, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

This workshop will extend the November 6, 2020 conversation and focus on strengthening existing service learning (SL), opportunities for community-engaged learning (CEL), and additional resources.

Join us in the next part of implementing the new CSU Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) taxonomy. On Friday, February 5 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, a walkthrough of the online tool for classifying attributes will be provided. Using this will help gain support for the critical work you and your students do within our communities.

In addition, we will share:

  • Examples of virtual/remote opportunities for CEL and service learning
  • Tips for building sustainable reciprocal relationships

For More About CEL Taxonomy

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:15 AM

Points of Light is hosting a virtual conversation centered on racism and racial healing. Learn. Act to End Racism January virtual forum will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 10 am -11:15am for a conversation titled, “Racial Healing: Understanding Racial Identity, Systemic Racism, and How to Become a Racial Ally,” with speakers Dr. Anneliese Singh; Doug Osborne, M.A., health educator, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and moderator Jennifer Nash, vice president, corporate solutions and capacity building, Points of Light.

Education is a key step in the fight to end racism. Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D., LPC, author, professor and associate provost for diversity and faculty development at Tulane University, will help raise our race-consciousness by challenging stereotypes, reframing the history of racism and its impact on our lives, and share why healing from racism is an integral part of dismantling it. Attendees will learn strategies for self-reflection, how oppression happens and the steps to becoming a racial ally.

November 18-19, 2020

Community Engagement Fellows, a social learning program focused on building learning partnerships across organizations, will host a series of workshops Nov 18-19, Weds to Thurs of next week. Participation is free and open to all, and will be conducted via Zoom. Attend one or all!

The sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Travis Tennessen, who serves as the lead convener of Community Engagement Fellows. “Higher education institutions have the opportunity, and obligation, to bring people together to move our communities forward, especially during these challenging times,” explained Tennessen, interim director of the Center for Community Learning at Western Washington University. “We’re offering these trainings to give people the social learning theory and practical skills to be successful community conveners.”

See list of workshops below and signup for the Learning Together Trainings:

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Becoming a System Convener | 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Hoping to create new spaces for learning and relationship-building across units in your organization, and with other organizations? In this training, we’ll explore the concept of system convening, a form of leadership that breaks down traditional barriers within and between organizations, and begin envisioning how you could infuse elements of this leadership style into your work.

Building a Community of Practice | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hoping to connect with others who share your passions and interests, and create new ways for you all to learn together? In this training, we’ll discuss the concept of a “community of practice” and explore ways that you can use this type of learning community to improve your work and build a stronger support network.

Building Equity into Meetings | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Hoping to structure your meetings so that everyone feels heard and shares the air more equitably? In this training, we’ll discuss how to include social learning techniques, which foster relationship-building and shared understanding among those with different perspectives and backgrounds, effectively in your meetings.

Producing and Assessing Value in Learning Communities | 2:30 - 3:30 PM
How do you know whether the meetings you facilitate are valuable to the participants? In this training, we will discuss how you can use Wenger-Trayner and De Laat’s “Value-Creation Framework” to assess the impact of your work, produce more value for participants, and help participants articulate their own “value stories” that show the impact that you’re having.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Using Design Clinics to Mobilize Collective Wisdom | 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Hoping to help yourself and your colleagues move forward effectively with workplace challenges, and learn more about each other’s work? In this training, we will discuss how design clinics - a 30-minute protocol for workshopping a design challenge-can help enhance your collaborative work.

Elements of Healthy Partnerships | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hoping to build stronger learning partnerships within and beyond your organization? In this training, we will discuss elements of healthy, mutually enhancing organizational partnerships, and also review questions that new or emergent partners should ask each other to get things off to a promising start.

Building a Healthy Learning Event | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
How do you efficiently and effectively build a social learning event? In this training, we will discuss the important steps in creating a stand-alone social learning event, including how to manage the event information using Google Suite tools.

November 6, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Be the first to learn the updated taxonomy. Uncover the new opportunities for Community-Engaged Learning.

Here are the handouts that were provided during the meeting:

1. PowerPoint presentation of the workshop on November 6, 2020.
2. CSU-CEL Taxonomy & Definitions, provided by Chancellor’s Office (zoom in to read definitions and view implementation spectrum)