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Equity and Empowerment in Partnerships and Collaborations

February 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


For our February network retreat, we are inviting higher education and nonprofit partners to come together for discussions and learning about equity and empowerment in partnerships and collaborations.This event is being held in conjunction with a VISTA In-Service Training event. VISTA and AmeriCorps members and supervisors should register at this link.

Facilitators from Campus Compact of Oregon will introduce the “Equity and Empowerment Lens,” which is a transformative quality improvement tool used to improve planning, decision-making, and resource allocation leading to more racially equitable policies and programs. At its core, it is a set of principles, reflective questions, and processes that focuses at the individual, institutional, and systemic levels by:

  • deconstructing what is not working around racial equity;
  • reconstructing and supporting what is working;
  • shifting the way we make decisions and think about this work; and
  • healing and transforming our structures, our environments, and ourselves.

Agenda Overview:

12 pm to 2 pm Networking Lunch

This will include an introduction of the lens tool and an overview of possible implications for Iowa programs and partnerships.

2 pm to 4 pm Small Group Discussions

Participants are invited to join in less formal small group discussions around incorporating specific pieces of the lens into project management level applications. These discussions will be grounded in relationship building and give members concrete tools they can bring back to their institution or agency.

Network retreats are an opportunity to meet and connect with other staff, faculty, and student leaders working in community engagement across the state. The event is funded by VISTA and Iowa Campus Compact (IACC). IACC member staff, faculty, and students can attend free of charge. We ask that nonprofit staff pay a small fee to help cover food and facilities. If this fee would not allow you to attend, please Emily Shields at eshields {at} iwcc(.)edu to discuss.

Please register by February 10, 2017.


February 17, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Iowa Campus Compact
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