Engaged Learning Forum Series

The Engaged Learning Forum series aims to advance the Center for Social Concern's approach to practicing Catholic social teaching through community-engaged research, teaching, and learning by highlighting local campus and community experts as well as nationally recognized experts. Presentations could include community partners and students as well as faculty. Presentations might do one of the following: highlight a model of exemplary work (e.g., an engaged department), share engaged research/scholarship in progress for feedback, provide awareness around a developing campus/community issue, launch/celebrate a relevant book, showcase the results of or work in progress funded by a Community Impact Grant, report/analyze engaged learning experiences, or highlight an external scholar whose work expands local knowledge and/or skills. 

Presentations will vary in their appeal from welcoming the curious novice to providing advanced learning for people who have completed Community Engagement Faculty Institute (CEFI) or have advanced experience in engagement. Overall, the goal is to provide a regular series of robust conversations that gather interested and active engaged scholars and practitioners

Engaged Learning Forum - "Community-Based Learning from the Inside Out"

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 12:00–1:30 p.m. | Geddes Hall Coffee House

Dr. Pam Butler, Michael Hebbeler, Kyle Lantz, and Dr. Susan Sharpe, University of Notre Dame

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program facilitates education and dialogue across profound social differences. Led by trained faculty across the U.S. and beyond, Inside-Out courses bring traditional college students and incarcerated students together in jails and prisons for semester-long learning. Through the Center for Social Concerns, Notre Dame has offered Inside-Out courses for nine years.

This Engaged Learning Forum will begin by introducing the Inside-Out model as an example of truly engaged learning. Then, we invite participants to consider other areas of profound social difference where pedagogies focused on connection, mutuality, and justice might expand the possibilities for what community-based learning can be and do.

Space is limited. Registration is required and open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Please RSVP by using the registration form below. 


Engaged Learning Forum - "Spanish CBL @ Ten!"


Dr. Rachel Parroquin and Elena Mangione-Lora, Teaching Professors, Romance Languages and Literatures; Amber Grimmer and Cynthia Trujillo, and Center for Social Concerns student researchers.

Please join us for breakfast and presentations with other engaged scholars.

Spanish Community-Based Learning is in its tenth year. Hear how the cohort of six faculty have worked with three key community partners to develop deep learning opportunities for students and help create positive impact in the community. Parroquín will give a brief overview of the decade’s work. Mangione-Lora will discuss the newest Spanish CBL course, an introduction to translation and interpretation with a community translation focus, now in its third iteration. Grimmer and Trujillo will present on community impact research being conducted that gives voice to the community partners’ perspectives on our work. 

Due to limited space, registration is required. Please RSVP by March 5, 2020.  Graduate students register through GradConnect. This event is eligible for credit for the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship (CEPS).

APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT: Community Impact Grants support community-engaged teaching, research, and learning through innovative courses, projects, and events that are mutually beneficial to community and University partners. Learn more about how to apply online. 


Engaged Learning Forum - "Rooted and Open: Grounding Our Work in Teaching for Social Justice"


Dr. Cassie Glynn,  Program Director, Master of Education in World Language Instruction / Concordia College

Please join us for breakfast and discussion with Dr. Cassandra Glynn, author of Words and Actions. Co-sponsors include the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures.

The concept of “Rooted and Open” within the mission of a faith-based institution asks us to embrace our personal beliefs and identities while also asking us to decenter Christian privilege and develop interfaith literacy. Being rooted and open extends well beyond faith and religious ideologies and can lay the groundwork for teaching for social justice, but arguably requires us to consider teaching, even in higher education, as a vocation –– a call to serve others. In viewing teaching as a vocation, our roles shift from delivering content to providing spaces for students to explore and embrace their own and others’ identities and to develop agency both in and outside of the classroom. This shift is a key component in teaching for social justice and supporting colleagues and students to think critically about content and practices and to act in the face of injustice. We will discuss the importance of laying a foundation for social justice education and building on this foundation with several theories and frameworks in order to effectively integrate social justice into teaching and learning.

Due to limited space, registration is required by April 9, 2020. Graduate students register through GradConnect. This event is eligible for credit for the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship (CEPS).


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Upcoming Events

April 2020

Livestream: Europe and the Ethics of Remembering
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
CANCELED: Clockwatchers (1978)
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:00pm
Labor Café
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
CANCELED: Bread and Roses (2000)
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 3:00pm

May 2020

CANCELED: Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 3:00pm
CANCELED: Postgraduate Service Send-off Ceremony 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

August 2020

Information Session | Fall 2020 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 4:00pm