Spring 2016 CEPS Workshops & Opportunities


Catholic Social Tradition and the Idea of a University

February 5, 2016

Clemens Sedmak, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Center for Social Concerns. 

An all-day discussion of “What would it mean to run a University according to principles of Catholic Social Tradition?” at the Center for Social Concerns. Counts for graduate certificate. 


Promoting Diversity-Related Learning through Community Engagement: Evidence, Best Practices, and Challenges

March 31, 2016 

Tara Hudson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral research associate, Center for Social Concerns

Two of the most salient developments in higher education over the last two decades include greater awareness of the challenges of inclusion and shifts in pedagogy to embrace the experiential. This session will explore diversity challenges/opportunities and community based-learning in an integrated manner, with a focus on promising practices. Participation counts toward the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship. Open to graduate students in all Colleges, and others interested. 


Detroit, Flint...Why not South Bend? A Bowman Creek Mini-Immersion on the Social Aspects of Notre Dame's Community-Engaged Research

April 15, 2016 

(transportation provided)

Presented by Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C., Ph.D. in collaboration with Gary Gilot, recently retired director of South Bend's Dept. of Public Works, and Rachael Sutton, a community volunteer with the Bowman Creek Project.

This mini-immersion is designed as an introduction to engaged research. With Flint's water crisis in the background, we will take as our topic the similar challenges that South Bend could face and what can be done to address them, paying particular attention to the social points of view that are necessary in redressing environmental degradation. 

Join us as we "step into" the University's multiple points of connections with Bowman Creek and the greater Michiana watershed. The immersion counts for the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship. 


From Community-Based Research to Community Impact

April 22, 2016 

This workshop examines community-based research (CBR), a collaborative effort between academic researchers from any discipline and non-academy based community members to generate social action and long-term positive social change. It will focus on the incorporation of CBR into teaching, and on designing investigations with community outcomes in mind. Participants should come prepared to think through and discuss possible applications to their own courses or course ideas and/or scholarly projects. 


Community Engagement Faculty Institute                   

May 24-26, 2016

The Center for Social Concerns offers the Community Engagement Faculty Institute open to graduate students who want to explore or deepen their knowledge, skills, and passion for community-based teaching and research. The Institute is imbued with engaged learning, mixing lectures by faculty and community experts on the theory and practice of community engagement with travel in the local community to learn with community partners. We address a range of social concerns, including health care, immigration, incarceration, and education. The overall focus of the 2016 Faculty Institute will be poverty. 


Community Engagement Assessment Workshop                   

May 27, 2016 (all day) with Anne Weiss of Indiana Campus Compact

This session, an optional part of the Community Engaged Faculty Institute, is open to graduate students.