Engaged Learning Forum Series

The Engaged Learning Forum advances the Center for Social Concerns' approach to practicing Catholic social teaching through community-engaged research, teaching, and learning by gathering learning communities that connect campus and community experts around social concerns. The Engaged Learning Forum gathers all types of engaged scholars to promote all types of engaged scholarship. Forums welcome community partners, students, staff, and faculty. Presentations vary in their appeal from addressing the curious novice to providing advanced learning for people experienced in academic community engagement, such as alums of the Community Engagement Faculty Institute and Community-Engaged Learning Coordinators. They happen in person and online, wherever the spirit calls us to gather!

Forums take many forms, including, but not limited to: 

  • highlighting a model of exemplary work (e.g., an engaged department or community-engaged course),
  • sharing engaged research/scholarship in progress for feedback, 
  • providing awareness around a developing campus/community issue,
  • launching/celebrating a relevant book through a scholarly talk,
  • showcasing the results of/work in progress funded by Community Impact Grants,
  • analyzing engaged learning experiences, and
  • showcasing a community-based scholar whose work expands local knowledge and/or skills.

Our goal is to provide a regular series of robust conversations that gather interested and active engaged scholars and practitioners!

Fall 2021

Living Self-Healing Communities

December 2 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Geddes Hall Coffee House

Dave Lassen, Ph.D., Program Director, Community-Engaged Learning Program
Presenters: Velshonna Luckey, Director of Outreach and Partnership Development, United Way and Kimberly Green Reeves, Director of Community Impact, Beacon Health System

Self-Healing Communities is the answer to the "now what?" that people often ask after learning about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Please join us to learn more about Self-Healing Communities of Greater Michiana, an initiative dedicated to helping all members of the greater South Bend community heal from intended and unintended traumas. This approach embraces NEAR Science, a combination of current scientific research in Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, and Resilience. This session will focus on the origin and mission of Self-Healing Communities of Greater Michiana, including opportunities to join in this community healing movement. The conversation will also highlight what is most exciting about this work: celebrating the ways our community has been resilient! If you are unfamiliar with ACEs, please consider signing up for an ACE Interface Training using this link

Registration deadline is Monday, November 29,  2021. 



Unleashing Local Living Economies: From Trickle-Down Problems to Bottom-Up Solutions

September 20, 2021 | 10:00am-11:15am | Geddes Hall Coffeehouse

Adam Gustine, Social Concerns Seminars Director, Center for Social Concerns; Anthony Flaccavento, community leader in Abingdon, VA

Anthony Flaccavento is a farmer and rural development consultant from Abingdon, Virginia in the heart of the Appalachian Coalfields.  The Founder of Appalachian Sustainable Development, Flaccavento has focused most of his work over the past four decades on building healthier food systems and more diverse, locally rooted economies in Appalachia and around the world.  His consulting firm, SCALE, Inc, works with communities across the nation to evaluate, plan and build healthier farm and food systems and local economies.

Flaccavento is the author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up:  Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change (University Press of Kentucky, 2016).  He writes and speaks regularly on rural development, bottom up economics, overcoming the rural-urban divide and a range of political and cultural issues.  He has taught courses on these topics at Future Generations University, Emory & Henry College and community colleges.

Registration is required - sent by invitation. If you are interested in being on the list, please email Dave Lassen at DLassen@nd.edu or Jackie Franco at Jfranco2@nd.edu. Due to limited space, registration is required by noon on September 16, 2021.


The Just Wage Initiative: Enlisting Stakeholders in Search of the Common Good at Work

October 15, 2021 | 1:00pm-2:15pm | Geddes Hall Coffee House or via Zoom

Daniel A. Graff, Ph.D., Director, Higgins Labor Program of the Center for Social Concerns; Professor of the Practice, Department of History, University of Notre Dame
What makes any given wage just or unjust?" That's the foundational question a group of scholars and students at Notre Dame set out to answer, and they've come up with a new Just Wage Framework and Online Tool.

Join us for a presentation by members of the Just Wage Working Group—Dan Graff, Director of the Higgins Labor Program, and Kelli Reagan Hickey, Research Associate at the Center for Social Concerns—as well as responses by representatives from community organizations that serve and/or advocate for low-income and vulnerable workers in our area.
Designed to engage stakeholders from across the economic spectrum, the Just Wage Initiative promotes discernment and dialogue in the hopes of fostering a fairer, more inclusive economy. In that spirit, we welcome feedback on its applicability and usefulness to businesses, workers, labor unions, and non-profit groups. 
Please be aware that Notre Dame has a mask policy requiring everyone at large gatherings to wear masks while in person and inside. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Join us in person or via Zoom by registering below. 


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January 2022

Circles at the Snite
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
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March 2022

Catholic Social Tradition Minor Open House & Info Session
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm