Community Service-Oriented Learning Focus of Conference May 12-13

As part of an ongoing effort to highlight how community and university collaborations are having a meaningful and lasting impact in the region, Cal Poly Pomona is offering a free conference on “Collaborating for Change: Transforming Knowledge into Action,” on May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m., and May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major Suites.

Co-hosted by the university's Weglyn Endowed Chair in Multicultural Studies and the Center for Community Service-Learning, the conference is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about, or contributing to, the advancement of meaningful and lasting community-university collaborations.

The conference keynote speakers include: Dick Cone, who led an academically-based service learning program for 24 years at the University of Southern California; Nadinne Cruz, who served as the director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford; and Nick Cutforth, professor at the University of Denver and co-author of a book on the principles and practices of community-based research.

The conference will bring together faculty, students and community partners to share examples of how they are empowering communities through partnerships, community-based research and other forms of community outreach. One of the community partners, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, will be leading a panel on community empowerment and a workshop on immigration and labor.

At the same time, the last day of the conference will involve these partners in creating collaborative and interdisciplinary action plans for addressing significant community issues.

The conference agenda also includes various multicultural performances.  The group, Adaawe, is a group of six dynamic and diverse women who perform an international fusion of African Diaspora music and rhythms, R & B pop vocals, arresting Gospel vocal Harmonies, and funky original creations. The multi-award-winning Viver Brasil Dance Company explores ancient and contemporary art forms and the spiritual strength of Brazilian culture through the fusion of passionate Afro-Brazilian dance, stunning costumes, and exuberant live percussion and vocals.

The conference is free to the public. For registration information, visit