McCrickard Community Engagement Workshop Series Announced for Advent Semester 2014

Community Engaged Learning is pleased to announce the structure of the community engagement workshops and discussions for this semester, made possible through the support of the McCrickard Faculty Development Fund. Workshop participants, including community partners, will get a $100 stipend for a 2 hours + workshop, $75 for a one hour + workshop unless they are University staff or students getting academic credit for this or being paid through their internships. Lunches will be catered.

1. Suzi Ruhl, M.P.H., J.D. Senior Attorney Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice
Suzi Ruhl is currently Senior Attorney Advisor for the US EPA Office of Environmental Justice. In this capacity, she works to integrate environmental justice in agency decision-making, supports community based action, and fosters administration wide action that promotes healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable communities for overburdened populations. She is Co-Chair of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Committee of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice and is Co-Chair of Team-EJ of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Since her arrival to EPA in 2009, Ms. Ruhl has won three National Honor Awards: 2010 Gold Medal for the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities; 2011 Gold Medal for Mountain Top Mining Guidance Team; and, 2011 Silver Medal for Keystone Pipeline NEPA Review.

  • Lecture. Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 pm in Gailor Auditorium. "Environmental Justice: Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future."       
  • Thursday, February 20, 6-8 Open Dinner with Suzi Ruhl in Tower Room of McClurg. Visitors and Faculty sign in, food provided downstairs in McClurg to be brought up for an intimate dinner. 

2.  Catered Lunch:  CEL Discussion of CE course criteria.
Late February. TIME TBD. 

3. Nat Kendall-Taylor, Vice President for Research, FrameWorks Institute
Nat Kendall-Taylor is Vice President for Research at the FrameWorks Institute, a non-profit think tank that designs, conducts, interprets and explains communications research to advance the resolution of social problems. In this role, he employs social science theory and research methods from anthropology to improve the ability of public policy to positively influence health and social issues. This involves studying how cognitive theory can be applied in understanding how people interpret information and make meaning of their social worlds. His past research has focused on child and family health and in understanding the social and cultural factors that create health disparities and affect decision-making. As a medical anthropologist, Kendall-Taylor has conducted fieldwork on the coast of Kenya studying pediatric epilepsy and the impacts of chronic illness on family well-being. He has also applied social science methods in research in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and has conducted ethnographic research on motivation in “extreme” athletes. Kendall-Taylor has a B.A. from Emory University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Wednesday, March 5: 6-7:30. Introduction to Framing Workshop-Dinner for faculty, invited community members and students--An introductory workshop for faculty, and potential community partners and students they wish to invite interested in using Frameworks methods in their courses and research.  75 minutes.
  • Thurs. March 6: 4 - 6 followed by dinner.  Frameworks Tobacco Research Project commissioned by the Grundy County Health Council to set up discrete frameworks-style comments to the larger project. 2.5 hours. Includes community partners, faculty and students interested in participating.

4. Catered Lunch: Community Engagement Pedagogies
End of March, early April, TBD--Look for a Call for proposals from CEL faculty (one or two speakers)

5.  Megan Smith Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale Child Study Center and of Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases);
Workshop on Community Based Participatory Research Monday Apr 14-Wednesday Apr 16  (time tbd)  Will include Community partners, faculty and students. Megan Smith is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and at the Yale Child Study Center (Yale School of Medicine) and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases). She is the Director of the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership. With a network of 513 mothers living in New Haven, this community-academic partnership works to meet complex needs of mothers who may be struggling with mental health issues. Mothers in New Haven who have been trained in research methods and mental health outreach—called Community Mental Health Ambassadors—help lead the efforts of the MOMS Partnership throughout the city. The MOMS Partnership represents a coordinated effort by the Yale Department of Psychiatry, the City of New Haven and the New Haven mothers themselves.

6. Catered Lunch: Community Engagement Discussion:  What We Learned and Where We are Going
Late April, CEL Discussion of CE course criteria and issues to put on the agenda for future discussions. Time TBD.