First Annual University-Community Partnership Conference

Posted by on May 28, 2004

[National Service-Learning Partnership]

1st Annual University-Community Partnership Conference
June 12-14, 2004
Blacksburg, Virginia

This is a regional conference, focusing primarily on partnership activiites and issues in Virginia and surrounding areas. However, we welcome colleagues from across the country to join us in our work.

Enjoy the beauty of Southwest Virginia while you:

-how to integrate partnership values with your organizations’ mission.
-how to sustain partnerships that must respond to changing needs.
-apply traditional scholarship and research to community partnerships.

-about partnerships working to affect community and economic development, environmental sustainability, and educational success.
-about creating a common language for partnerships.
-about resources available to your organization or institution to leverage effective partnerships.

-through workshops on implementing, sustaining, and assessing partnerships.

Our keynote speaker is Frankie Patton-Rutherford, executive director of Big Creek People in Action, a grassroots community organization working to improve life for citizens of McDowell County, West Virginia.

Other speakers include Jacqueline Dugery from the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, Randy Grayson from Virginia Tech’s Multicutural Opportunities Academic Program, and colleagues from Emory and Henry, Ferrum, Radford, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College, and Virginia Tech.

For more information, contact Michele James-Deramo at 540/231-6947 or

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