A workshop for faculty, staff, and community partners

Workshop: June 16-17, 2021

Register by June 2, 2021

What is this?

This two-day interactive workshop will focus on participatory co-creation among community members, students, staff, and faculty as we strive to be ethical in our action and advance social and racial justice. 

A core assumption of the workshop will be that everyone has knowledge, regardless of role in the community, formal education, or cultural background. Sharing this knowledge will provide the context to our time together. With that in mind, the workshop will feature structured opportunities for relationship building and participatory processes that elicit participants’ contributions to learning, knowing, and making change. Throughout, we will center questions of power-sharing, positionality, and an equity lens.  

External facilitators and field leaders Susan Gust and Tania Mitchell will help ground the workshop in their knowledge, research, and deep experience in this work. Tania Mitchell, an internationally recognized scholar in community engagement and critical pedagogy, will give a keynote and workshop on decentering Whiteness and advancing racial equity in the classroom and community. Susan Gust, a community knowledge holder  and consultant on this project, is working with local Rice County community partners to shape and facilitate the community collaboration workshop content. 

Who is this for? 

This workshop is designed for all faculty, staff, and community collaborators who want to advance racial and social justice through academic, community-based collaboration. We hope to foreground the voices of community partners who collaborate with Carleton, and we invite faculty who teach Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) courses, those who do community-engaged research, and those who are interested but not yet practitioners to attend. In addition to Carleton faculty, staff who provide important backbone support for these types of collaborations, such as academic technologists, librarians, and others, are also welcome.

What are the benefits of participating?

The workshop agenda will balance a mix of training, relationship building, time to work and consult with peers, and co-creation of practice-based knowledge with fellow participants. 

What is the agenda?

June 16, 2021, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Day 1: Centering community and equity as a means of working for justice

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Opening
  • 9:45 – 10:30 Principles of partnership with Susan Gust 
  • 10:45- 12:15 Learning with and from community partners 
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Partner salons 
  • 2:45 – 4:15 Decentering whiteness in community-engaged partnerships and pedagogy with Dr. Tania Mitchell 
  • 4:15 – 4:30  Closing

June 17, 2021, 8:30 – 4:30

Day 2: An Equity Lens on ACE Pedagogy and ACE Course Design 

  • 8:30 – 9:15 Opening 
  • 9:30 – 10:45 Overview and discussion of key ideas 
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Small group colleague consultations on participant identified topics/issues
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Designing equity-minded civic learning experiences 
  • 2 – 3:30 Structured planning and work time with options for colleague consultation
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Whole group sharing out & discussion

The first day, June 16, will focus on community-campus collaboration. The agenda will be structured to facilitate mutual learning and exchange of ideas between partners and Carleton faculty and staff, featuring learning from the community-driven, justice-oriented work of the Carleton-Faribault Participatory Action Research project. We will explore how we can work together in thoughtful ways that advance community priorities, honor community knowledge, and contribute to real change in racial and social justice in Rice County and Carleton’s Campus

The second day, June 17, will focus on equity practices in ACE course design, including critical reflection and modes of assessing student learning. This day is designed with Carleton faculty and staff in mind; partners are also welcome to participate.

The workshop’s content is interconnected and the sessions build on one another, so please plan to participate as fully as you’re able. We ask faculty to participate in both days. We ask partners to participate in the day focused on collaboration, but you are welcome to attend both days, if you choose. There will be opportunities for follow up after the workshop, but those will be optional.

Susan Gust will gather takeaways from our gathering and synthesize them into a set of Carleton-specific key questions and considerations for those starting community–campus collaborative projects.

Who is organizing this? 

This Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) is organizing this workshop via a campus working group including faculty, staff, students, and community partners. The group includes Palmar Alvarez-Blanco, Alle Brown-Law, Susan Gust, Victoria Morse, Win Wen Ooi, Susannah Ottaway, Andy Poppick, Debby Walser-Kuntz, along with CCCE staff. 

How did this come about? 

This workshop emerges from the confluence of multiple community engagement projects at Carleton over the last few years that are all now culminating at a similar time. One of our key goals is to integrate lessons learned from these projects and sustain the momentum they have generated. Those projects include


How will the logistics work? 

  • The workshop will take place via Zoom. 
  • We value your time and expertise. Stipends will be available for both participating partners and faculty members. The rate is $120/day, $60 for a half day.
  • We are committed to making this workshop as accessible as possible to all who wish to participate, whether by providing interpreters or other supports. 

What can I read/view in advance?


Contact Sinda Nichols at snichols2@carleton.edu