The conference is presented over three days at Australian Catholic University's St Patrick's campus in Melbourne.

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Printed programs will not be available at the conference. Free guest Wi-Fi (acuguest) is available on site for access to this digital program. You can also download or print the PDF program below.

Day one program - Tuesday July 23 (PDF 131KB)

Day two program - Wednesday July 24 (PDF 122KB)

Day three program - Thursday July 25 (PDF 117KB)

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.

Time Session
8:30am-9:00am

Registration

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)

Registration desk in foyer of Mercy Lecture Theatre

Mass with Fr Anthony Casamento
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel, Ground floor Daniel Mannix Building (403)

9:00am-10:30am

Welcome and keynote presentation

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)
  • Acknowledgement of country - Mr Bruce Fitzgerald
  • University prayer - Fr Michael Kong
  • Official welcome from ACU and DePaul - Fr Anthony Casamento (Vice President, ACU Engagement), Professor Caryn Chaden, (Associate Provost, DePaul University)
Contemporary challenges in community engagement and service learning for Catholic institutions
  • Dr Howard Rosing Executive Director, Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning, DePaul University
  • Prof Sandra Jones Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), ACU
10:30am-11:00am

Morning tea

11:00am-11:20am

Vice-Chancellor’s address

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)

Prof Greg Craven Vice Chancellor and President, ACU

11:30am-1:00pm

Concurrent sessions

Community engagement/service learning programs from the fields of health and science
Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)
  • Growing our own in a cultural safe space - Dr Doseena Fergie
  • What, Why and How: Community engagement in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Brisbane - Dr Daniel van den Hoek
  • Community-based service learning in DePaul’s Graduate Nursing Program (Part One) - Mr Jonathan Handrup, Dr Raegan Quandt, and Dr Michelle Neuman
  • Community-based service learning in DePaul’s Graduate Nursing Program (Part Two) - Mr Jonathan Handrup, Dr Raegan Quandt, and Dr Michelle Neuman
University community engagement/service learning through the eyes of community organisations: collaboration, assets/needs, and opportunities for development
Location: Christ Lecture Theatre (404.G.12)
  • The Homework Club: Sacred Heart Primary School Fitzroy - Mr Matthew Shawcross
  • The Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) and ACU partnership - Mrs Carla Zafiriadis, Ms Kelly Sibanda
  • Caritas Australia: Just visiting? Take off your shoes, lest you tread on someone’s dream - Mrs Megan Bourke
  • 'Moondani Murrup' Embrace Spirit – Jim-baa-yer Indigenous Higher Education Unit - Mr Linc Yow Yeh
1:00pm-2:00pm

Lunch

2:00pm-3:00pm

Concurrent sessions

Community engagement/service learning programs from the fields of health and science cont…
Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)
  • The Kicking Goals Together Program: A case study of positive youth development among youth from refugee and migrant backgrounds - Dr Matthew Pink, Mrs Carla Zafiriadis and Ms Kelly Sibanda
  • Exercise medicine in cancer care - A/Prof Prue Cormie
  • The Future in Youth program, Timor Leste - Dr Paul Taylor
University community engagement/service learning through the eyes of students: experiences, assets/needs, and opportunities for development
Location: Christ Lecture Theatre (404.G.12)

1 hour panel session with students
Facilitators: Mrs Kimberley Fort and Ms Lisa Carzino
Students: Ms Wendy Morrison, Ms Kate Montgomerie, and Mr Zen Najjar

3:00pm-3:30pm

Afternoon tea

3:30pm-5:30pm

Concurrent sessions

Community engagement/service learning programs from the fields of education, arts, and humanities
Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)
  • Inside/Out Program at Stateville Maximum Security Prison: Planting seeds beyond prison walls - Mr John Zeigler
  • The Big Idea Project: Australian Catholic University - Dr Ellen Warne
  • Intentional design frameworks for critical engagement in the liberal arts: community justice in criminology - Dr Jaqueline Lazú
  • Engaging with our Pacific neighbours: A pre-service teacher education program in the Solomon Islands - Dr Mellita Jones, Dr Renata Cinelli, and Ms Mary Gallagher
  • ACU’s Thai-Burma Program and engagement with the Myanmar refugee crisis - Dr Duncan Cook and Prof Michael Ondaatje
Community engagement/service learning programs from the fields of business, law, and social sciences
Location: Christ Lecture Theatre (404.G.12)
  • Engaging in meaningful project-based service learning for graduate business students - Dr Jaclyn Jensen
  • Engaging the broader regional community on human rights issues: The Thomas More Law School Death Penalty Project - A/Prof Catherine Renshaw and Mr Dominic Cudmore
  • Disruptive practices: resisting violence through feminist based service learning - Dr Beth Catlett
  • Community engagement as foundation for effective teaching practice - A/Prof Nasir Boutros
5:30pm-7:00pm

Welcome reception

Location: Daniel Mannix Building (403.7.02)

Drinks and canapes

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.

Time Session
8:30am-9:00am

Registration

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)

Registration desk in foyer of Mercy Lecture Theatre

Mass with Fr Anthony Casamento
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel, Ground floor Daniel Mannix Building (403)

9:00am-10:30am

Welcome and keynote presentations

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)
Using the wisdom of others and our own experiences to design an ethical and responsive model for institutional community engagement

A/Prof Billy Osteen Director, University of Canterbury Community Engagement Hub

Service learning’s role in student success at DePaul

Prof Caryn Chaden Associate Provost, DePaul University

10:30am-11:00am

Morning tea

11:00am-1:00pm

Concurrent sessions

Developing our community engagement/service learning praxis: examples from US and Australian contexts
Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)
  • The university as a public educator: learning, service learning, and teaching for engagement - Prof Jim Nyland, Prof David Davies, and Ms Emer Clarke
  • Critical community engagement in a service scholarship program - Ms Angelica Chestleigh
  • The cultural challenge of service learning: resisting the savior complex - Dr Valerie C. Johnson
  • School, family and community: Learning for Life project - Ms Nicola Cull and Mr Ryan Collins
Developing our community engagement/service learning praxis: examples from US and Australian contexts
Location: Christ Lecture Theatre (404.G.12)
  • Building faculty capacity for community engagement teaching - Dr Helen Damon-Moore
  • The status of service learning in Australia - Ms Carol-Joy Patrick
  • Know Your Why: Critical-Self Reflection Towards Critical Service Learning - Mr Ruben Alvarez
  • Project-based Service Learning and Civic Engagement Partnerships in STEAM: Transformative learning that leaves a legacy - Ms Miranda Standberry-Wallace
1:00pm-2:00pm

Lunch

2:00pm-3:00pm

Concurrent roundtables

Note: A registration process will be available for these roundtables from day one at the conference registration desk (36 places available at each roundtable).

Collaborating effectively with community partners: What can we learn from each other’s experiences?
Location: 400.G.01
Defining community engagement and service learning from the perspective of Catholic higher education: What exactly do we mean (and not mean)?
Location: 400.G.03
3:00pm-3:30pm

Afternoon tea

3:30pm-4:30pm

Concurrent roundtables

Note: A registration process will be available for these roundtables from day one at the conference registration desk (36 places available at each roundtable).

Embedding community engagement/service learning effectively in curriculum
Location: 400.G.01
Sharing faith-based perspectives on community engagement spaces
Location: 400.G.03
4:30pm

End of day two

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.

Time Session
8:30am-9:00am

Registration

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)

Registration desk in foyer of Mercy Lecture Theatre

Mass with Fr Anthony Casamento
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel, Ground floor Daniel Mannix Building (403)

9:00am-10:00am

Welcome and keynote presentations

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09)
Incorporating global learning exchanges and course-based action research: pedagogical opportunities for Australian Catholic University and DePaul University

Prof Nila Ginger Hofman Director, Community Service Studies, DePaul University 

Key themes arising from day one and two of conference (and ten tips for successful cross-institutional collaborations)

Dr Matthew Pink National Community Engagement Manager, ACU Engagement

10:00am-10:30am

Morning tea

10:30am-12:00pm

Collaboration sessions

Location: Modular Buildings (400.G.01, 400.G.03, 400.G.05, 400.G.07)

Breakout rooms provided for those who wish to work on collaborations arising from the conference.

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm

Collaboration sessions continued

Location: Modular Buildings (400.G.01, 400.G.03, 400.G.05, 400.G.07)

Breakout rooms provided for those who wish to work on collaborations arising from the conference.

2:30pm-4:30pm

Fundraiser screening of Summer in the Forest

Location: Cathedral Hall (405.G.10)

In support of L'Arche Australia ACU Engagement will be hosting a special fundraiser screening of SUMMER IN THE FOREST, a moving documentary of an extraordinary man—Jean Vanier—and of L’Arche, the international organization of which he is the founder. Jean Vanier single-handedly revolutionised the way in which people with an intellectual disability are seen and cared for, by the simple act of inviting them out of institutions and into his home in the 1960s. ‘Meeting’ some of the current residents of that home in Trosly, France, is one of the many highlights of this beautiful film.

Tickets cost $18
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4:30pm

End of day three

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