Community Engagement Institute to be held May 5-9

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The Virginia Commonwealth University Division of Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host the Community Engagement Institute on May 5–9.

In alignment with VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, this weeklong professional development opportunity will cultivate community-engaged knowledge, skills and networks within the VCU community. The institute combines VCU’s Service-Learning Institute with the Community-Engaged Research Institute and adds a new component – the Partnerships Institute.

Participants may register for any or all of the three components of the Community Engagement Institute. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for each institute. Seating is limited and interested participants should register promptly at

The Service-Learning Institute helps participants build a basic understanding of service-learning pedagogy, reflect on the integration of service-learning into course design and engage with relevant research on service-learning and community engagement. The Service-Learning Institute agenda can be viewed online at The institute is open to anyone with teaching responsibilities (faculty, staff and students) or who is a community partner to a service-learning course, as well as administrators responsible for curriculum developments.

The Service-Learning Institute will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VCU ASPiRE, 835 W. Grace St., Room 1004-F&G.

The Partnerships Institute, co-sponsored by Nonprofit Learning Point, will focus on fostering university-community partnerships. Increasingly, universities and nonprofits are called to work together in partnerships for the mutually beneficial exchange of information and resources, as well as to explore applications of knowledge. Faculty and staff participating in this institute will examine the pitfalls and best practices of partnerships with a focus on practical tools for making partnerships work.

The Partnerships Institute will be held Wednesday, May 7, from 8:30 to 4 p.m., at VCU ASPiRE, 835 W. Grace St., Room 1004-A.

The Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) Institute will educate participants on best practices to promote high-quality and high-impact CEnR, including models of engagement, evaluation methods, funding, sustainability and how to best document CEnR for promotion and tenure.

The CEnR Institute will be held Thursday, May 8, from 8:30 to 3 p.m., at VCU Globe, 830 W. Grace St., Room 1030-J; and Friday, May 9, from 8:30 to 3 p.m., at VCU ASPiRE, 835 W. Grace St., Room 1004-A.

For questions about the Community Engagement Institute, email For more information about community engagement at VCU, visit or visit our Community Engagement page.