Graduate Community of Practice
The Graduate Community of Practice is a small cohort of cross-campus graduate students who are incorporating community-engaged methods into their scholarly work.
The 2023-2024 Graduate Community of Practice is now full. Check back in August 2024 for the next cohort application.Questions?
What is the Community of Practice Experience?
The community of practice cohort will meet 2x each quarter (meetings 1-2 hours in length) to do some communal reflection, collective problem-solving, and knowledge-sharing on the unique challenges. This community of practice will create a small cohort of cross-campus graduate students who are incorporating community-engaged methods into their scholarly work. Participants will meet 2x each quarter (meetings 1-2 hours in length) to do some communal reflection, collective problem-solving, and knowledge-sharing on the unique challenges and opportunities of doing community engagement work as a graduate student. Each meeting session will be co-created by participants with support from facilitators. Participating graduate students will have the opportunity to co-lead a discussion at least once. Participants will also submit a written reflection with the option to have it published in a special issue of CCESL’s Public Good Impact.
Participants are also eligible to receive $250/quarter.
Who Can Join?
Graduate students at any stage of their community-engagement journey, from early project development to writing up, are encouraged to join! To ensure that all participants have a foundational knowledge of community-engaged methods, all participants will complete an asynchronous training module before the first meeting.
What is Community Engagement?
Community-engaged methods differ from approaches that emphasize one-way applications of academic expertise to community problems. Community engagement is a method, a strategic approach to teaching, scholarship (research, creative work) and service to address public problems through collaborative community partnerships, where community partners are involved in proposal and project development, that:
Are reciprocal, mutually beneficial
Share risk, benefit, responsibility
Can be local, national, and/or global
With diverse entities (e.g., non-profit, government, private sector)
Indeed, what I most appreciated from our time together this year was the opportunity to hear from other people’s experiences and to hold space to talk about questions and issues related to community-engaged scholarship…With colleagues of diverse disciplinary backgrounds and prior experience in community engagement, we were able to ask hard questions and explore important issues, and the most important takeaway I had was the importance of relationships in community-engaged research. Graduate Student Participant