Annual Summer Institute
Save the Date: CEDEV Summer Institute, July 16-18, 2014
Community Engagement:What Is It and How Can We Do It Better?
Summer Institutes focus on specific themes and include broad
theoretical and conceptual background as well as sessions on methods and
techniques to effectively implement programs or community and economic development goals. The 2014 CEDEV Summer Institute will specifically focus on community engagement.
Effective community engagement seeks to achieve long-term and sustainable outcomes, processes, relationships, discourse, and decision-making in a community-context sensitive environment. It requires placing a premium on the principles of patience, mutual obligations, respect, trust, listening, tolerance, and reflection. “All who are involved in engaging a community must be responsive to the needs of that community as defined by the community itself.” Community engagement involves building directional relationships for community benefit and is a delicate balancing act of theory and practice. The 2014 Summer Institute focuses on theory and provides practical ways to implement successful community engagement.
This year’s Summer Institute also focuses on the real-world practice of community engagement, issues of framing and local power structures and controversies and tensions found in the community engagement process. The SI will present two case studies, Rails to Trails and Altoona Planning, case discussion and a compare and contrast session to discuss methods and evaluations. Experts in the field will present strategies and practical tools for effective community engagement and also focus on evaluations in community engagement plans. Attendees will be expected to complete a community engagement plan of their own to further develop strategies and tools presented at the Summer Institute.
We strongly encourage all CEDEV students to attend the Summer Institute at least once during study in the program. Students may register for one graduate credit to attend the Summer Institute (registration in CEDEV 576 for the summer semester is required to obtain the graduate credit), or they can register directly for the Summer Institute. Additionally, we offer scholarships to those interested in attending the Summer Institute to cover registration, travel, or tuition fees. In previous years, more than $5,000 in scholarship funding has been awarded to Summer Institute participants!
Sessions topics from previous Summer Institutes have included:
- Sustainable place-based development
- Vision to implementation of granted funded programs and projects
- Opportunities and barriers to inter-municipal collaboration
- Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial communities
- Targeting regional economic analysis
- Energy and Community and Economic Development
- Building community development strategies
- Planning, zoning, and development
- Regional competitiveness
- Group facilitation and conflict management
- Sustainable local economic development