Overview of Site Vists and Breakout Sessions 

PBJN Summer Institute 2019 


Session 1 (Thursday, July 11th, 1-2:30pm):

Site Visit Options

Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership: Sisterhood Boutique is a youth-run social enterprise clothing boutique across the street from Augsburg founded by young East African women in Cedar-Riverside. For the last five years, Augsburg has collaborated with the Sisterhood through various means including securing space for the store, course-embedded projects, design services, use of facilities, an annual fashion show, student interns, and through the Public Achievement civic engagement model.

Community Building through Health and Hospitality: Health Commons is a health drop-in center that supports relationship building, connects people from various backgrounds, and provides health resources in Cedar-Riverside. Actions and decisions in the Health Commons space focus on the principle of hospitality and relationships are grounded in mutual benefit. There are no experts, but a community of people who care. Nursing students and faculty help to facilitate the Health Commons space in partnership with Fairview Health Services and the East Africa Health Project.

Faith-Based Collaboration in an Evolving Neighborhood: Trinity Lutheran Congregation has been in Cedar-Riverside for 150 years, and a partner with Augsburg since the university moved to Minneapolis in 1872. Augsburg and Trinity have collaborated on everything from community meals, to tutoring, to shared collaborative space and staffing, and participation in the Urban Hub, a group that organizes community events such as post-prayer teas and a community iftar, providing opportunities for people from all walks of life to connect together in community.



Break Out Sessions:

From Service to Systems Change: Exploring the Complexities of Food Initiatives

Natalie Jacobson and Allyson Green, Augsburg University 

Campus and community food initiatives are growing around the country, and with them, an awareness of how food is tied to not just to health but to structural inequities and all the “isms”. Participants will examine their own food initiatives, learn from Augsburg Campus Kitchen, and explore ways forward.

Navigating Dreams, Hopes, Expectations, and Realities in a School/University Partnership

Jon Schmidt and Hadeil Abdelfattah, Loyola Chicago University 

Track: Community Partnerships 

This session will explore how a university and elementary school navigate and negotiate values, expectations, and practices in a community school setting. The Community School partnership between Loyola University and McCutcheon Elementary is an emerging partnership seeking to access university and community resources to strengthen school and community outcomes through out-of-school learning opportunities for students, families and communities.

Tapping into Local Talent: Drexel University’s Commitment to Hiring West Philadelphians.

Soneyet Muhammad, Drexel University 

Track: Place-based/Anchor Strategies 

From getting started with data analysis to developing a local employment strategy, this session will share best practices and a clear onramp for anchor institutions who are committed to an economic inclusion strategy.


Session 2 (Thursday, July 11th, 3-4:30pm):

Musical Connection and Cultural Revival: The Cedar Cultural Center is a non-profit all-ages music venue that presents the best in local, national, and international music. Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” is a program of the Cedar that features Somali artists from Minnesota and around the world in residencies and events that increase understanding of Somali culture through music. Midnimo is reviving and preserving Somalia’s rich musical traditions while fostering social connections between generations and cultures across Minnesota. Augsburg faculty, staff, and departments have been key partners in the Midnimo project over the last 5 years. Augsburg has collaborated with Midnimo, with students participating as backing bands, artists residencies in a variety of university departments, and much more!

Community Hub: Brian Coyle Community Center is the central social service and community gathering hub in Cedar-Riverside. Founded in the settlement house tradition, Brian Coyle is the largest multi-service center in the neighborhood and a long-time partner of Augsburg. The partnership has evolved in many ways over the years and includes a variety of programs.

Leadership Development and Community Building: Cedar Commons is a neighborhood gathering space near campus devoted to hosting community-strengthening gatherings and initiatives of folks who live, work and study here. Monthly events, such as West Bank Open Mic and Interfaith @ Cedar Commons, bring together young people from Augsburg and around Cedar-Riverside to build community, engage around issues impacting our communities, and develop as leaders and change-makers.

Growing Food, Growing Community: The Augsburg Community Garden provides a space for the community to come and learn together, beautifies the neighborhood and campus, provides growing space for those without it, and assists gardeners in providing themselves a healthy diet. The Garden provides the land, tools, water, and compost to anyone in the Cedar-Riverside community so that they can take ownership of their own space and food access.


Breakout Sessions: 

PBJN People of Color Roundtable Discussion

Julie Hurst of Seattle University 

Participants identifying as people of color are invited to co-create a space and conversation aimed at reflecting on the challenges, successes, and resources experienced in our work, as well as our cultural capital in relation to community engagement.


Community Engagement Centers

Daren A. Ellerbee, M.S. and Kirk Holbrook, University of Pittsburgh 

Track: Community Partnerships 

Engaging residents in an effective & respectful way ensures win-wins and encourages self-determinism. Participants will learn about the work of Pitt’s Community Engagement Centers (CECs), and will participate in a mutually beneficial discussion in which we learn from each other within the PBJN about resident engagement strategies from partner institutions


Place-Based Institute Pilot Year

Molly Ayers, Mary Joan Hahn & Bailley Wootton, Gonzaga University 

Track: Place-based/Anchor Strategies 

Using Gonzaga University’s Place-Based Initiative Pilot as a case study, this session will highlight an approach to the developmental phase of a place-based initiative. Attendees will learn about the process and strategies employed during the pilot year which sought to engage campus and community in the design and development of a university-wide place-based initiative.


Session 3 (Friday, July 12th, 9:15am-10:30am):

Powerful Partnerships: How Can Schools, Families and Communities Build Capacity for Student Success

Colina Bruce, Seattle University 

There are many ways to understand family engagement and partnership. This workshop will explore opportunities for families, schools and community collaboration through a dual capacity framework. We will probe the four main concepts identified in the framework, and explore implementation through the lens of the Seattle University Youth Initiative.


Lessons from Midnimo

Jill Dawe, Ayan Musse and Danielle Haque, Augsburg University

Track: Community Partnerships

What we learned and continue to learn from Midnimo, a partnership of The Cedar Cultural Center, Augsburg University, Minnesota State University Mankato, The Paramount Arts Center, and artists of the Somali diaspora.


Local Purchasing and Your Institution (Fitting the Two Together)

Allen Riddick and Jennifer Britton, Drexel University

Track: Place-based/Anchor Strategies

Local purchasing is a key element in a University’s anchor mission. We argue that incorporating the needs and interests of campus neighbors into an academic mission as well as into our business operations is at the heart of what it means to be an institution of higher education.


Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement

Nexus Community Partners' Community Engagement Institute seeks to create an equitable and just society through the practice of community engagement, changing the way problems are solved and resources are invested. This workshop will explore the core principles of community engagement and help participants learn about what makes community engagement effective. Participants will learn about the potential impacts of authentic community engagement and how community engagement leads to systems change. Attendees will reflect on this learning and receive a tool to analyze their own community engagement practices.


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