In Fall 2020 community engagement professionals across eight Indiana University campuses established a system-level working group to collect and leverage community engagement data to better understand how Indiana University is addressing P-12 education initiatives throughout the state, specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Data is being collected, via Collaboratory, to inform the following questions at both system and campus levels:
How is Indiana University collectively serving P-12 education to raise educational attainment in the state?
How is Indiana University responding to the pandemic, specifically through P-12 partnerships?
How is Indiana University partnering with community to address a broad range of intersectional issues (systemic racism, poverty, etc.)?
This webinar featured a panel of community engagement professionals within the Indiana University system who established a system-level working group to collect and leverage community engagement data to better understand how Indiana University is addressing P-12 education initiatives throughout the state, specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previously Recorded: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Kristin Norris, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for IU’s Office of School Partnerships, which bridges the gap between the IU campuses and P-12 classrooms to improve the quality and diversity of students enrolling in post-secondary education and career readiness. Kristin collaborates with faculty, staff and administrators on the IU campuses and with Hoosier educators, administrators and policy makers to build partnerships that improve k-12 education. Kristin is passionate about the public purpose of higher education in addressing community issues and how institutions leverage data about their community engagement to inform decision-making.
Ellen Szarleta, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Northwest. As Director, Dr. Szarleta provides leadership and serves university and community stakeholders seeking to create and support mutually-beneficial, and reciprocal relationships that advance the region’s quality of life through engaged scholarship in alignment with the vision and mission of IU Northwest.
Cathy Valcke, M.S., serves as the Director of External Relations and Public Affairs at Indiana University’s Kokomo campus. She has worked on the campus for 23 years in various roles including Director of Alumni Relations and Campus Ceremonies, and Director of Human Resources. In her current role, Cathy connects with communities in the campus’ 14-county service area, with special attention to engaging with P-12 colleagues in an attempt to help raise the educational attainment rate in north central Indiana. She is responsible for IU Kokomo’s Center for Community Engagement. She also serves as the Collaboratory administrator on the IU Kokomo campus.
Lauren Wendling, M.S. Ed., is Collaboratory’s Customer Success Manager and works to ensure all institutions successfully implement and utilize Collaboratory to tell their story of community engagement, inform institutional strategy, and provide data-driven evidence to cultivate a culture of engagement throughout campus.