Community Engagement: Re-engaging in the Time of COVID-19

Solicited by the OAH Committee on Community Colleges

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Type: Workshop

Abstract

During Spring 2020, COVID-19 led many universities and community colleges to transition online. This transition isolated professors into their homes with basic outreach through Zoom, Cisco Webex, and LMS primarily with their students. This workshop will focus on faculty and students re-engaging with the community. Community engagement is vital to community colleges. Service learning, lecturing at local libraries or schools, and special digital projects, like storytelling, are the classic outreaches to the community at-large. How or what will change amid COVID-19 regarding faculty and students’ community engagement? How will faculty and students recommit to communal needs and outreach? The 2021 Workshop on Community Colleges will look at new, adaptable ways to engage with the community and doing service-learning during and in the aftermath of a pandemic.

Session Participants

Chair: Aaron Wilhelm Miller, Ivy Tech Community College

Panelist: John M. Barr, Lone Star College‒Kingwood

Panelist: Lora D. Burnett, Collin College

Panelist: Jesús Jesse Esparza

Panelist: Natalie Monique Garza, Houston Community College