Engaged Learning Forum Series

The Engaged Learning Forum

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-Based 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!

Introducing the Engaged Learning Forum Summer Series

The Center for Social Concerns is pleased to announce the expansion of our Engaged Learning Forum (ELF) series. Please join us this summer for online, interactive dialogues designed for and defined by members of the South Bend community. Each Thursday from 12:00–1:00 p.m. EDT, the center will host an interactive, practical discussion around a monthly theme selected by community leaders. ELFs will briefly highlight relevant resources from Notre Dame but will focus on small and large group discussion among community leaders.

About the Engaged Learning Forum Summer Series: The ELF Summer Series is a set of recurring, online dialogue spaces for community members and leaders. Events will be designed for and shaped by members of the South Bend community. Individuals from Notre Dame will contribute resources to interactive discussions of timely topics selected by community leaders.

Please register for the Engaged Learning Forums that interest you using the links below. After you complete the registration form, you will receive an email with log-in information for each session for which you have registered. Please invite others and ask them to register here as well.

May | Creative Community During Times of Crisis

To view a recording, resources, and event summary from past discussions, click on the event link below. 

May 28: Addressing Income, Housing, and Food Insecurity


June | Special Topics and Current Events

June 18: Creating an Online Database of Community Volunteers
June 25: Technology Open House: Q&A with IT Professionals

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Upcoming Events

August 2020

Application Deadline | Fall 2020 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (All day)