Call for Proposals: University-Community Partnership Conference

Posted by on January 28, 2005

Presentation Proposals are sought for the:

Second Annual University-Community Partnership Conference
JULY 13-15, 2005

Make plans to participate in the Virginia Tech Service-Learning Center’s second annual University-Community Partnership Conference. The premier conference generated a great deal of enthusiasm, and attracted participants from five states. We look forward to building on this foundation.

Currently, we are seeking dynamic, interactive presentations that

1. Explore the Mechanics of Building Strategic Partnerships. These sessions follow a workshop format that is interactive. Topics may include negotiating objectives that bridge university and community interests; developing memorandums of agreement; sharing risk and other legal matters related to partnership development; clarifying roles and responsibilities; leveraging institutional support; or measuring success. You may specify a participation limit for a Mechanics Workshop. You may also propose a multi-session workshop.

2. Demonstrate Best Practices in Strategic Partnerships. Best practices presentations will give in-depth descriptions of working partnerships that have already achieved positive results in their communities, and will address how the partnership met and overcame challenges on the road to success.

3. Present Scholarship on Partnership. Scholarship presentations will offer participants insight into research being done on university-community partnerships, and case studies that reinforce the research findings.
RFP guidelines can be downloaded at:

Proposals due March 1, 2005. For more information, contact Michele James-Deramo, contact information below.

Michele James-Deramo
Service-Learning Center
Outreach and International Affairs
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
202 Major Williams (0168)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
540/231-6947 (phone)
540/231-6367 (fax)

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