Developing Successful Community Partnerships

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By Gretchen Minekime


This spring our virtual Coffee & Conversations on Community Engagement series will focus on partnership development—from reaching out to partners and solidifying equitable relationships to planning and achieving goals and assessing impact together. These informal events are designed to help you think through the partnership building process, with help from your colleagues as well as staff from our office and CU Engage. Each gathering will feature one of CU Boulder’s finest partnership builders. 

Feb. 17, Noon – 1 p.m. “Partnership Development”
Assistant Professor Helanius Wilkins from CU Boulder Theatre and Dance and Andrea Dryness, associate professor in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice, and a faculty affiliate in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies will share their work with the CU Contemporary Dance Works a week-long dance and creativity residency for a Colorado community underserved in the arts and the CU-Uni Hill Partnership for Equity. We will discuss partnership development from initial relationships to long-term collaborations. 

March 17, Noon – 1 p.m. “Planning with Partners” 
Associate Professor Eliana Colunga, Institute of Cognitive Science will draw from examples of her work with youth, mothers and families on cognitive and language development and technology-mediated learning. We will discuss how to plan projects in ways that include the voices of all partners and highlight the importance of ongoing planning that centers mutual benefit in process and outcome. 

April 21, Noon – 1 p.m. “Iterative Design, Assessment and DEI”
Community Program Manager, Office for Outreach and Engagement, Katie Kleinhesselink and guests TBD. We will discuss projects from the perspectives of CU and community partners and focus on program design that includes ongoing assessment of community needs and issues of equity and inclusion. 

Register today for select dates or for the whole series.