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DePaul to co-sponsor online conference on community engagement

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DePaul University is teaming next week with Australian Catholic University to present "Pandemic, Pivots and Potentials," an online conference on community engagement and service learning.

This Oct. 4-6 symposium will explore the challenges and opportunities facing universities in providing service learning and university-community engagement in a "post-COVID" world. Sessions will also examine how institutions have responded to the pandemic and what we learned from efforts in the field.

Two DePaul faculty members have been tapped for keynote sessions at the conference:

  • On Monday, Oct. 4, Howard Rosing, the executive director of the Steans Center, will join a panel discussing the "new normal" for service learning and community engagement after COVID.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Valerie C. Johnson, an associate professor of political science and a 2021-22 presidential fellow, will address diversity, equity and inclusion with respect to service learning.

In addition, 10 DePaul faculty and staff and three students will present findings and insights.

This is the second conference sponsored jointly by DePaul and Australian Catholic University. The inaugural one was held in 2019 in Melbourne and drew more than 100 attendees over the three days, including 15 DePaul representatives as presenters, panelists and participants.

Conference sessions start at 5 p.m. CDT each day, and registration is free and open to all. More information, including a link to the sign-up form, is online.

Scott Butterworth is an editor of Newsline.