Schedule of Events

The goal of this conference is to share best practices on developing and sustaining healthy community partnerships. This day of learning will highlight model partnerships, provide opportunities to talk to experts about the strategies necessary to be successful, and how to get started and assess your future community partnership.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Time Event
8:30-9 a.m.

Check in and breakfast at Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom

9-9:15 a.m. Opening remarks
9:15-10:10 a.m.

Model partnerships flash sessions Part I:

  • Parent University
  • Argonne National Lab
  • Regional Office of Education
  • NIU's Child Development and Family Center, Couple and Family Clinic, and Preschool for All Expansion Program

10:15-11 a.m.

Model partnerships flash sessions Part II:
  • Navistar, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
  • DeKalb County Community Foundation Internship, Center for Nonprofit NGO Studies
  • Impact Lab, College of Business
  • Prisoners' Rights Project, Civil Justice Clinic, and Legal Clinics, College of Law
11 a.m.-noon Discussion – questions from the audience (open floor style)
Noon-1 p.m.

Conclusion/networking/lunch (on your own)

1-2 p.m. Concurrent workshops:
  • Partnerships 101: Readiness, Goals, Challenges and Benefits
    Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D., and Rena Cotsones, Ph.D., will share their experiences working with partners, including how to get started to create mutually beneficial partnerships between faculty, staff and external partners.
  • Partnerships Assessment
    Amy Jo Clemens, Ph.D., and Jason Klein, Ph.D., will discuss how partnerships come in all different shapes and sizes. Being able to assess the different types of partnerships can be very helpful in ensuring mutual benefits to and for all partners. Participants in this workshop will learn about the following three partnership categories: coordinating, cooperating and sustaining. Participants will engage in thinking about how to define outcomes, measure progress toward those outcomes, and ensure impact as a result of the partnership. Additional information will be shared about logic models in relation to partnerships.

Please contact Michaela Holtz, mholtz@niu.edu or Mark Pietrowski, pietrowski@niu.edu with any questions about the event.

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