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Academic Community Engagement Development Series

ACE SEries events

View upcoming and past ACE Series Webinars below.

Past Series Webinar

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  1. Thursday, OCTOBER 5, 2023 | 8:45 - 9:30 A.M. 

    Finding Purpose: Benefits of Service and Collaboration

    During this panel, moderated by Kristi Wood-Turner, participants will have the unique opportunity to hear from these accomplished individuals about the transformative potential of service and collaboration. From Gayle Manchin’s hands-on experience in education and regional development to David Campbell’s research-driven insights into nonprofit management, attendees will gain practical strategies for fostering connections, amplifying impact, and discovering personal and collective purpose.



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  2. Thursday, OCTOBER 26, 2023 | 1:00 - 1:45 P.M.

    Community Engagement and the Socio-Ecological Model

    By embracing the socio-ecological model's contextual richness, we can embrace a diverse array of strategies aimed at promoting healthy development and nurturing well-being.
    We also invite you to utilize this ecological model as a tool for "big picture" thinking.
    Start by asking yourself:

    • Where do I see myself, my work, or my organization within this model?
    • What level of influence am I drawn to?
    • Where can I make the most meaningful impact?

    Don't miss this opportunity to connect, learn, and contribute to the vibrant dialogue.


    • Cari Michaels , Extension Educator, Family Development - Department of Family, Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota Extension

    • Tony Michael , Program Director - Family & Community Development, West Virginia University Extension

    • Christiaan Abildso , Associate Professor - Department of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, School of Public Health, West Virginia University


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  3. Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

    Introduction to University-Community Matchmaking

    The Center for Community Engagement connects community-identified needs and aspirations to the knowledge, skills, and expertise with Mountaineers. Matched partnerships can be part of a course, research project, co-curricular student initiative, specialized program, or general volunteering through iServe. By providing intentional support to students, faculty, and community partners, we connect people in meaningful and empowering ways to improve the lives and livelihoods of West Virginians.


    • Whitney Glotfelty, Assistant Director of Campus & Community Partnerships, West Virginia University

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  4. NOVEMBER 2, 2024 | 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

    Accessibility Practices for Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning

    Community-engaged courses invite students at WVU to work with and in local communities through course assignments, clinical experiences, research projects, service hours, partnership development, and other forms of engagement. Making these community-engaged learning activities accessible to students requires instructors to commit to considerable reflection, planning, and communication with students and community partners. In this session, participants will learn about common barriers to student access associated with community-engaged courses, identify accessibility practices for course design and disability accommodation, and discuss how to apply these practices to their own community-engaged courses and programs.

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  5. NOVEMBER 13, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.

    Community Engagement & Economic Development

    Join our panelists as they share their perspectives on how universities catalyze societal change, partnering with a diverse array of stakeholders to imagine and realize a shared vision for thriving communities and regional prosperity, These campus-community collaborations shape healthier communities, empower citizens, and foster economic growth. Through this discussion, we will also explore how to effectively gauge and articulate the social and economic impacts of different organizations, initiatives, and technologies.


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Upcoming A.C.E. Sessions
Spring Semester 2024

  • January 12, 2024 - Engaging Activities for Reflection with Melissa Calabrese, Academic Community Engagement Coordinator, West Virginia University In-person workshop!
  • January 17, 2024Placed Based Initiatives with Jamilah Ducar, Executive Director, The Engaged Campus, University of Pittsburgh
  • February 13, 2024Service-learning and STEM with William Oakes, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning, Director of EPICS, and Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University
  • March 14, 2024 - Civic Engagement with Mason Arbogast, Civic & Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
  • and more!

Academic Community Engagement (ACE) integrates meaningful community partnerships with higher education for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of collaboration and reciprocity. The purpose is to enrich scholarship, research and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.  

This development series aims to increase the breadth and quality of academic community engagement at WVU. Through presentation and discussion, attendees of the ACE Series will learn how to get started or enhance what they are already doing and connect to a network of peers and resource supports.