The ACU and DePaul University Conference on Community Engagement and Service Learning

Celebrate the significant achievements that stem from partnerships between university and community.


Start date

23 July 2019

End date

25 July 2019


Australian Catholic University, St Patrick’s Campus
Melbourne, Australia

Join us for a three-day conference hosted by Australian Catholic University in collaboration with DePaul University. This conference will celebrate the significant achievements that stem from partnerships between university and community and explore some of the contemporary challenges of university-community engagement/service learning at the two largest English-speaking Catholic universities in the world. These challenges include embedding community engagement/service learning in curriculum, engaging with community partners, and supporting staff and students in their community engagement journeys.

The conference is presented over three days to provide an opportunity for all to attend. You may register for one, two or three days of the conference, choosing the parts that are more relevant to you.


Keynote speakers include DePaul University academics Dr Nila Ginger Hofman and Dr Howard Rosing, along with Ben Roche from Southern Cross University and Professor Sandra Jones, ACU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement).

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Day 1, Tuesday 23 July

Celebrating University-Community Engagement and Service Learning

Day One will include presentations from academics involved with community engagement, community organisations that partner with universities, and students who have participated in university-community engagement.

Recommended for anyone who has an interest in community engagement and service learning.

Day 2, Wednesday 24 July 

Developing our Community Engagement and Service Learning Praxis

Day two will include presentations and roundtables that explore the development of university-community engagement and service learning implementation. Specifically, day two will explore the practice of engaging with community partners, embedding community engagement in curriculum, and supporting staff and students in their community engagement journeys.

Recommended for academics and representatives from community organisations who are actively involved in community engagement and service learning programs. 

Day 3, Thursday 25 July 

Talk to Action

Day three involves focusing on the key themes and action points to arise from days one and two of the conference. This will involve setting up key collaborations and opportunities.

Recommended for delegates from partner universities seeking to collaborate in ongoing projects. 


We have endeavoured to keep the registration fees as low as possible to enable everyone to attend. The registration covers the cost of refreshments and materials, with an optional lunch on each day. We recognise that for some students and community members this cost may be a barrier to attending; there are a small number of sponsored places available – please contact us on before registering.

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This conference is presented in partnership with DePaul University.


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