PBJN Blog

Member Spotlight: Florida State University

Published December 13, 2021 at 3:12 PM PST

Meet four colleagues from Florida State University and their approaches to Place-Based Community Engagement, how their identities and lived experiences impact the work and what projects they're most excited about this year.

Viewing change on campus, through a justice lens

Published December 11, 2021 at 6:12 PM PST

In June, La Salle University’s Interim President and Faculty Senate President released a report from La Salle’s Joint Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, titled Begin Again: Truth and Transformation. The report elevates to the University recommendations for consideration based on an abundance of research, data, and best and next practices to determine how to best weave equity, diversity, and inclusion—through a justice lens—into the fabric of our campus environment.

La Salle University has joined the Place-Based Justice Network (PBJN). Its focus on a place-based community engagement strategy invites institutions of higher education and their communities into a deeper examination of how to address historic and current systems that disenfranchise people based on color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and other personal and communal identifiers. 

Member Spotlight: Creighton University

Published November 8, 2021 at 4:11 PM PST

Meet four colleagues from Creighton University and their approaches to Place-Based Community Engagement, how their identities and lived experiences impact the work and what projects they're most excited about this year.

Towson University joins Place Based Justice Network

Published November 5, 2021 at 8:11 PM PDT

In the summer of 2021, the BTU team attended a virtual summer institute sponsored by the Place Based Justice Network (PBJN) based out of Seattle University. The PBJN is a growing network and learning community of faculty and member institutions nationally that is “…committed to transforming higher education and our communities by deconstructing systems of oppression through place-based community engagement.” Other values of PBJN are to utilize an anti-oppression framework, act on community-identified goals and commit to long-term reciprocal relationships with communities. The ethos of community engagement work at TU aligns with these principles and I am glad to announce that along with colleagues from the Office of Institutional Inclusion and Equity, Towson University has become a member of the PBJN Network.

2021 PBJN BIPOC Leadership Collective Nomination Request

Published October 26, 2021 at 3:10 PM PDT

2021 PBJN BIPOC Leadership Collective Nomination Request 


PBJN Next Gen Fellowship has been reimagined as the BIPOC Leadership Collective 


Dear members of the Place-Based Justice Network, 

I hope you are well. As you know 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.

Thanks to the support from the University of San Diego and Seattle University we are pleased to announce the continuation and evolution of our Next Generation Fellows Program. The Next Generation Fellows Program was designed to nurture a more diverse and inclusive network by supporting emerging leaders of color who work with place-based community engagement efforts on their campuses and in their communities. Thus, the third iteration of the fellowship maintains those core principles but shifts the design from nurturing new leadership to uplifting existing leadership. We will be convening the next cohort of participants under the new name, BIPOC Leadership Collective.

We are writing today to ask for your assistance in identifying and nominating one community engagement professional from your institution or an active community partnership who would benefit from this collective experience.

Click the title above to read the full announcement.