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Place-Based Justice Network 2018 Winter Leadership Retreat Recap 

The most recent network retreat was hosted by Saint Mary's College of California between December 12-14.

Participants contributed to facilitated communal conversation regarding the goals of the network and how to implement shared values through discussions of:

  • Co-creation of knowledge: What does it mean? What does it look like from the point of view of member partners? How does out anti-racist, anti-oppression lens affect how we co-create?
  • Finding a vocabulary of joy: How do you celebrate success and sustain your community during challenges in place-based work?
  • Humility vs. Fragility: What can polarities management tell us about ourselves as leaders from privileged institutions of place-based work?
  • What is Liberation? What can it look like in the context of place-based work? 

A college of photos from the Winter Retreat 2019

Photos from the 2018 Place-Based Justice Network winter leadership retreat - find more photos here

Place-Based Justice Network 2018 Summer Leadership Retreat Recap

The 2018 summer retreat for the network was hosted by Loyola University Maryland between August 8th-10th.

  • Participants heard a welcome address by Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., President, Loyola University Maryland
  • Michael P. Scott, founder of Baltimore-based Equity Matters, and leader for the Baltimore Place Matters Team presented on promoting equity in all policies, particularly those related to racism, housing, and education.
  • Members attended break out sessions and site visits which challenged them to consider:
    • ​How do our multitude of intersecting identities impact our work with place-based community engagement? 
    • What lessons have we learned from starting a place-based initiative?
    • ​How do we reconcile scholarship and social change efforts?
    • How do we engage campus and community in an ethical and effective way while
      recognizing identities and power?
    • How do we attain the resources for success while remaining true to our purpose? ​How do we support
      the university’s mission and financial well-being?
    • ​How do we make timely and clear decisions while including as many voices as possible?
    • ​How do our multitude of intersecting identities impact our work with place-based community engagement?
    • How do we balance qualitative and quantitative information in how we talk about our work and make decisions?
    • ​How do we balance our emphasis and impact on our neighborhoods and on University participants?
    • How do we empower faculty and community to give of themselves, their time, their expertise--and also value time, labor, and expertise equitably?

View the full schedule from the 2018 summer leadership retreat here

Place-Based Justice Network Summer Institute 2018 - Loyola University Maryland

Find more photos from the 2018 Place-Based Justice Network summer leadership retreat here

Place-Based Justice Network 2017 Summer Leadership Retreat Recap

The 2017 Summer retreat for the network was hosted by Seattle University between June 6th-8th.

  • Panelists discussed different approaches to Place-Based community engagement
  • Members considered the differences between place-based and faith-based
  • Members participated in facilitated discussions which discussed
    • Place-Based community engagement when partner neighborhood is not campus-adjacent
    • Strategies for funding, planning, and engaging a place-based intuitive
    • Key differences between anchor institutes and place-based initiatives
    • Transforming university systems and structures to support place-based initiatives
    • Race and place-based engagement 
  • Members visited neighboring sites to see and discuss community partnerships in action
  • discussion closed for the weekend with a discussion on place-based initiatives gong forward, and a look at network values and goals.

View the full schedule from the 2017 summer leadership retreat here

A collection of photos from the 2017 leadership retreat

Photos from the 2017 Place-Based Justice Network summer leadership retreat - find more photos here

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