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We are excited to see so many Place-Based Justice Network leaders and campus members involved in next week's CampusCompact20 offerings. Sessions will be held next Monday, May 11th through Wednesday, May 13th. All sessions are free and will be live-streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. There will also be active Slack channels to connect with other practitioners of higher ed, community engagement, and service-learning. 

We also hope to see you on Thursday, May 14th for our regularly scheduled Continuous Learning Zoom call. Join leaders from the Place-Based Justice Network Steering Committee to host a live Q&A follow-up to the content sharing during Campus Compact and in particular, the collective session on Wednesday, "Learning from Seattle (and other cities): Place-Based Community Engagement for Justice and Equity." 

See the full Campus Compact 20 program here:


Campus Compact Impact Awards Celebration

Monday, May 11, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM (PST)

Help us celebrate some outstanding work! In December 2019, we presented the inaugural winners of the Campus Compact Impact Awards. Join us as we recognize the outstanding faculty, staff, and institutions who were given these awards. 

Note: PBJN campus members Seattle U and Augsburg University will receive campus awards and PBJN Steering Committee member from the University of San Diego, Chris Nayve, will receive the Nadine Cruz award! 

View live on YouTube. 

Read more about Campus Compact's Awards here:

How to Facilitate an Exploration of Epistemic Justice and Community Engagement Through the Power of Stories

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (PST)


John Loggins - University of San Diego (PBJN member)
Chris Nayve - University of San Diego (PBJN member)
Star Plaxton-Moore - University of San Francisco (PBJN member)


Epistemic justice foregrounds identity and power in an analysis of ethics and justice countering systems’ default processes that silence and delegitimize certain knowers and ways of knowing, creating epistemic exclusion. Attention to epistemic justice can shape institutional cultures, structures, and practices to identify and remove prejudicial exclusion of students and scholars from participation in the spread of knowledge, credibility discounting, and epistemic marginalization. It is a framework that examines and responds to the impact higher education systems have on privileging whose knowledge is valued, what research is legitimized, and who gets to participate in the creation and spread of knowledge. Story-telling contextualized within an epistemic justice framework validates the assets that each individual has and contributions that everyone can make, believing in their ability and worth, caring for them as individuals, honoring both their individual and group membership while challenging, confronting, and disrupting misconceptions, untruths, and stereotypes that lead to or exacerbate structural inequality and discrimination. A project website is available as a resource for session participants:

View live on YouTube. 

Learning from Seattle (and other cities): Place-Based Community Engagement for Justice and Equity

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:30AM - 10:30 AM (PST)

Speakers (all leaders of the Place-Based Justice Network)

Molly Ayers - Gonzaga University
Jamie Ducar - University of Pittsburgh
Kent Koth - Seattle University
John Loggins - University of San Diego
Marie McSweeney Anderson - Loyola University Maryland
Nolizwe Nondabula - University of San Francisco
Erin O'Keefe - Loyola University Maryland
Jennifer Pigza - Saint Mary's College of California
Erica Yamamura - Consultant


Our current pandemic context teaches us that place and relationship are central to our communal flourishing. This session is an opportunity about place-based community engagement strategies designed on the principle that communities and higher education institutions should work in long-term partnerships to identify pathways to greater equity, justice, and sustainability. Participants will learn the core values of place-based justice and hear various institutional examples. Join the free PBJN Zoom call for follow-up on Thursday, May 14 at 10-11:15am PST.

View live on YouTube. 


May Continuous Learning Zoom Call 

Please register for the upcoming May call here: 

Access the recording of Critical Connections
in the time of COVID-19 from April 2020

Eight campuses discussed how they are adapting place-based community engagement in the time of social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

Save the Date for the
PBJN Virtual Summer Institute 


Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on moving the Summer Institute to a virtual platform. If you did not yet have a chance, please respond to the survey online here. 
Save the Date for June 24th-26th, 2020.
We will be offering two 75-minute sessions per day on content relevant for practitioners of place-based community engagement. Topics will include creative response to emerging community needs, sustaining place-based initiatives, strategies for partnering with community schools during remote learning, epistemic justice, and continuing our work through a white racial caucus and people of color healing circle. Stay tuned for more details coming soon! 

Previous PBJN Summer Institute Materials 



See a PDF of the full program: 2019 PBJN Summer Institute Program


  See Site Visit and Breakout Session descriptions here. 

Neighborhood Context 


A tour of Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood via The Current 

"Cedar-Riverside has a deep cultural and artistic history; in the mid-1800s, the U.S. government forced Native inhabitants to sell their land, and soon Scandinavian and Eastern European immigrants began flooding the West Bank. In recent years, Cedar-Riverside has been a home to Somali refugees fleeing the country's civil war, which officially began in 1991. Thanks in large part to voluntary agencies, many Somali refugees found their way to Minnesota, which can now claim the largest Somali population in the United States."

Go inside 'Little Mogadishu,' the Somali capital of America

Check out this article with 360 degree videos.







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