OAI is partnering with UNST in celebration of 20 years of the Capstone program. We are fortunate to be able to bring Dr. Tania Mitchell to PSU on May 16 & 17. Dr. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota whose scholarship focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice.
Over the course of her two-day visit, Dr. Mitchell will engage with a variety of groups on campus.
Faculty workshop on May 16
Aligning Intention and Action in Community Engagement: Challenges to Enacting a Critical Service Learning Pedagogy.
When: Monday, May 16, 2:30-4:30pm
Where: OAI, SMSU 209M, South End Conference Room
Join Dr. Tania Mitchell for an interactive workshop and deep conversation exploring the tensions between critical service-learning and traditional service learning. Using case studies and student narratives, some of the ideas we will explore include: how students of different social locations experience service-learning and community engagement; how service can reinforce and challenge systems of power and privilege; what a more justice-oriented community engagement looks like; and, how we as professionals need to to grow in order to meet a justice imperative.
This workshop is designed for PSU faculty who currently teach with Community-based Learning (CBL) to explore what it means to teach from a place of critical CBL pedagogy and shape their own course to to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice.
Two events happening on May 17 with Dr. Tania Mitchell
Student Workshop: Navigating Power in Community Engagement
When: May 17, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: SMSU MCC 228
What are the power dynamics that inform and influence community engagement relationships? How do we recognize, name, and reconfigure power in community engagement experiences? Participants will use case studies and develop their own cases to explore how power manifests and how we can (and should) navigate those power dynamics to work towards our desired outcomes in community engagement.
This workshop is designed for PSU students to engage with Dr. Tania Mitchell in exploration of the theme of Navigating Power in Community Engagement.
Keynote and Reception: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward
When: May 17, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Where: SMSU 296/298
In celebration of 20 years of community-based learning Capstones at PSU, Dr. Mitchell will share evidence from a multi-campus study of alumni who completed community-based capstones as part of their undergraduate experience. Alumni perceptions of the long-term influence of these experiences on their professional and civic development will allow us to reflect on the impact of critical community engagement and consider possibilities and implications for the future.
Wine and Hors d’oeuvres reception to follow in SMSU 294.
About Dr. Mitchell
Tania D. Mitchell is an assistant professor of higher education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and research focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice. From 2007-2012 she led an innovative program-based service learning and community engagement initiative for the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. From 2002-2007 she served as Assistant Professor for Service Learning Leadership at California State University Monterey Bay, developing the minor in Service Learning Leadership and directing the nationally recognized Student Leadership in Service Learning Program. Dr. Mitchell is a recipient of the Early Career Research Award from the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) and the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.
Her scholarship has been published in numerous books and journals, and she serves as an editor of two forthcoming volumes: The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities: Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change, and Responsible Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).