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Transforming Campus & Communities through Public Engagement: The Critical Role of Boundary Spanners

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David J. Weerts, PhD (bio)

September 24 2008

57 minutes

202 views

Drawing on findings from a large-scale study of community engagement efforts at major research universities, this presentation invites participants to consider ways in which staff, faculty and institutional leaders can create more effective bridges to communities to address regional needs.

The session tackles key questions such as, "How do we define and understand public engagement at major research universities? What are the roles of university boundary spanners in creating bridges to communities? How might we identify, develop and support boundary spanners to increase the effectiveness of current engagement efforts?" Weerts introduces a boundary spanning model to help practitioners and institutional leaders conceptualize and assess spanning roles at major research universities.

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