Public Service Week Talk | From the Margins to the Streets: Higher Ed Community Engagement for Justice

View recording of Dr. Stoecker's talk below.


The Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Academic Outreach, and the Equity Center are pleased to host Dr. Randy Stoecker as a guest speaker during UVA's Public Service Week. Dr. Stoecker is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin with an affiliate appointment in the University of Wisconsin Division of Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. 

From the Margins to the Streets: Higher Ed Community Engagement for Justice

Higher education community engagement—a practice where faculty and/or students attempt to partner with “the community”—has been problematic from the beginning in the United States because it has been led by and constrained from within higher education institutions.  And the more institutionalized the practice is, the more constrained it is.  This talk will argue that we need to instead find “free spaces” in the margins of higher education institutions—those few places where academic freedom still thrives—from which to practice community engagement in ways that has a hope of supporting progressive social change.  The model for such a practice starts with a community group's social change goals, and then builds research, teaching, and a curriculum to serve those goals. So instead of trying to mainstream higher ed community engagement, we should focus on protecting marginalized spaces within our universities and colleges.  From such marginalized spaces, we can better support community-led social change as allies, bringing our work onto the streets rather than co-opting the community's work into the institution.

The Zoom meeting information will be provided after you register. For questions about registration, contact Claire Reeger (claire.reeger@virginia.edu).

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About Dr. Stoecker

Randy Stoecker is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin with an affiliate appointment in the University of Wisconsin Division of Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He conducts trainings and speaks frequently on community organizing and development, participatory action research/evaluation, higher education community engagement strategies, and community information technology. He has facilitated numerous participatory action research projects, community technology projects, and empowerment evaluation processes with community development corporations, community-based leadership education programs, community organizing groups, and other non-profits across a wide range of issues and places. His complete CV may be found here.

Randy has written extensively on community organizing and development and higher education engagement with community. In his spare time he is practicing to become an electric guitar luthier and writing a rock opera. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his life partner of 40 years and a nine-year old standard poodle who refuses to act his age (Randy also refuses to act his age). He is also the proud parent of a daughter who teaches public high school in Chicago.

When: 
1615910400 to 1615914000
Where: 
Online talk
Sponsor: 
Center for Teaching Excellence | Office of Academic Outreach | Equity Center

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