ACU and DePaul University conference on community engagement and service-learning
Our biennial conference celebrates the significant achievements that stem from partnerships between university and community and explores some of the contemporary challenges of university-community engagement and service-learning.
2023 DePaul University and Australian Catholic University Conference on Community Engagement, Service-Learning and Solidarity
Since 2019, our two institutions have worked together to share information, lessons learned, successful practices and innovative ideas to deepen engagement with our respective communities. In doing so, we have furthered our collaboration with each other and deepened our practice of community engagement.
The conference, held on 2-4 November, was presented over three days, in hybrid and in-person formats, to maximise participation between and among our campuses, and provide a broad range of presenters and topics. Presentations covered topics for academics and representatives from community organisations actively involved in community engagement and service-learning programs, as well as for students and anyone with an interest in community engagement and service learning.
Our 2019 conference aimed to celebrate the significant achievements that stem from partnerships between university and community and explore some of the contemporary challenges of university-community engagement and service-learning at the two largest English-speaking Catholic universities in the world.
Our 2021 conference aimed to explore the current ‘state of play’ for universities in responding to the challenges and opportunities for service-learning and university-community engagement in a ‘post-COVID’ world while taking the time to reflect on the responses and learnings from the efforts of the field during the pandemic.