The Place-Based Justice Network (PBJN) is a learning community committed to transforming higher education and our communities by deconstructing systems of oppression through place-based community engagement. Place-based community engagement is defined by the PBJN as a long-term university-wide commitment to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to focus equally on-campus and community impact within a clearly defined geographic area.
Recognizing the opportunity to learn by coming together, the Place-Based Justice Network's twenty members participate in annual summer Institutes held at member campuses, monthly continuing learning video conference Zoom calls, leadership retreats to exchange ideas and lessons learned in place-based community engagement. The purpose of the network is to transform higher education and our communities by deconstructing systems of oppression through place-based community engagement
Our guiding theme for this year is Building Accountable Practices and Transforming Power in Place-Based Work.
The Institute will be held virtually from Wednesday, July 28 to Friday, July 30th from 10am - 2pm PT | 1pm - 5pm ET in addition to offering optional, asynchronous content.
PBJN Summer Institutes are an annual opportunity for colleagues to gather and share strategies, lessons learned and explore pressing questions about how to do the work of connecting campuses and communities in ways that align with the Network’s collective values. Each day we will begin with a framing dialogue shared by leaders in our field that embody the values of the network and model the practices we hope to explore throughout the Summer Institute.
We define place-based community engagement as “a long-term university-wide commitment to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to focus equally on campus and community impact within a clearly defined geographic area”Seattle University's Kent Koth and Erica K. Yamamura
Want to get involved? Reach out to Erin Burrows for more information about upcoming opportunities to connect including our monthly Zoom calls, which are open to the public.
The Place-Based Justice Network currently consists of 25 members from the United States. Read more about our Members and their Place-Based Community Engagement: