2021 MECha Workshop: Civic Engagement & Service Learning Across the Disciplines

CUES Mapping Educational Challenges (MECha) workshops explore educational challenges in university education by bringing together cross-disciplinary expertise of relevance to the workshop theme.

About the Civic Engagement & Service Learning MECha Workshop

This in person* two-day workshop explored novel questions aiming to expand the scholarship on Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CE/SL) in university education across disciplines.  Participants shared challenges and successes, discussed frameworks for maximizing impact of CE/SL work on university education, and explored mechanisms for implementation in UArizona courses and further research.  Topics included, but were not limited to:

  • The relationship between civic engagement, service learning and “public good”
  • The responsibility of land grant and HSI institutions with respect to CE/SL
  • Interrogating the nature of the relationship between institution and community in CE/SL
  • Ethical considerations around CE/SL in an institutional environment
  • Measuring and evaluating impact around CE/SL
  • UArizona pathways and barriers related to CE/SL

Organizing Committee

Colin Blakely: Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives; Director, School of Art; Professor, Art, UA Fine Arts
Ana Cornide: Director, Critical Service Learning & Community Outreach Program; Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, UA Humanities
Carlos Gonzales: Assistant Dean, Curricular Affairs; Director, Commitment to Underserved People Program; Associate Professor Family & Community Medicine, UA Medicine
Judy Marquez Kiyama: Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs, UA Provost; Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, UA Education





Workshop Reading Materials

Calderon, Jose Zapata, and Pollack, Seth S. "Weaving Together Career and Civic Commitments for Social Change." Peer Review : Emerging Trends and Key Debates in Undergraduate Education 17.3 (2015): 16. Web. LINK

Finley, Ashley "Civic Learning and Teaching." Bringing Theory to Practice, 2014. Web. LINK 

Harward, Donald W. "Civic Provocations." Bringing Theory to Practice, 2012. Web. LINK 

Pollack, Seth S. "Critical Civic Literacy: Knowledge at the Intersection of Career and Community." The Journal of General Education (University Park, Pa.) 62.4 (2013): 223-37. Web. LINK 

Reich, Jill N. "Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education." Bringing Theory to Practice, 2014. Web. LINK

Workshop Agenda (Tentative)

Wednesday June 2

9:00-9:30  Registration, breakfast, and networking

9:30-10:00  Opening Session | Introduction and Workshop Charge

Question 1: What does a university learning experience that centers CE/SL look like for our students, our faculty, and our institution?  What about for our local communities and community partnerships?  Why does it matter for UArizona as a land grant and an HSI institution?

10:00-11:15  Question 1 | Small Group Discussions 

11:15-12:00  Question 1 | Whole Group Discussion

12:00-1:00  Lunch

Question 2: What are ethical considerations that must be addressed when developing CE/SL opportunities for students, especially when considering the community, the curriculum, and the institution?

1:00-2:30  Question 2 | Small Group Discussions

2:30-3:00  Coffee break

3:00-4:00  Question 2 | Whole Group Discussion


Thursday June 3

9:00-9:30  Breakfast and networking

Question 3: How do we make our commitment to CE/SL and social justice explicit in the university learning experience (classes, curriculum, modes of engagement, teaching approaches, clinics, required degree work)?  What explicit institutional commitments to CE/SL are needed to support the work we envision? 

9:30-11:00   Question 3 | Small Group Discussions

11:00-12:00   Question 3 | Whole Group Discussion

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30  Small Group Discussions | Develop top two recommendations for:

  1. Advancing CE/SL in the UArizona learning experience, particularly in regards to teaching, faculty capacity building, and land grant/HSI responsibilities
  2. Making institutional commitments to support/advance CE/SL at UArizona

2:30-3:00  Coffee break

3:00-4:00  Whole Group Discussion: Shaping Recommendations, and Next Steps


Registration for this event has closed.  To inquire about participating in a future MECha Workshop, please write to cues@email.arizona.edu.

*COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC) and Arizona Catering Company have rigorous COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place for indoor meeting and event space.

 An approved Wildcat WellCheck is to be presented upon check-in each day.  Social distancing will be maintained throughout the event, and facial coverings are required between meals.  Hand sanitizing stations will be positioned at entrances/exits.  Disposable masks, gloves, and sanitizing wipes will be available for use.

With questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations in this workshop such as ASL interpreting, closed-captioning, wheelchair access, or electronic text, etc., please contact Jana Kalnins at jkkalnins@email.arizona.edu.

MECha Workshops


9 a.m. June 2, 2021 to 4 p.m. June 3, 2021


Student Union Memorial Center, Rincon Room (3rd Floor)

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