Your invitation to attend from Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Janelle Allison
Engagement with community sits at the heart of what it is to be a university and our partnerships provide an essential foundation for this university to realise its social mission and commitment to community. Regardless of our position within the University we all contribute to engagement through our teaching, research and service to society. As an engaged university, we have focused our community partnerships on the University's social mission which seeks to achieve better educational outcomes and improve health and wellbeing outcomes for all Tasmanians, and contribute to the economic prosperity of the state.
Whilst we have always been a very engaged University it is important that we take time to reflect on how we engage with community and share some examples of the different and exciting ways we do this. We are keen to learn more about what works for engagement, looking not only at our internal processes but also from the perspective of those outside of the University. The symposium is designed to allow us all the space to do this.
We are thrilled to have two quality keynote speakers who will bring very different reflections on their experience of community engagement. Dr Lori Gaskin comes from a community college system in the US and will discuss Higher Education and the Community: The Community College Link. Sam Johnson is a social entrepreneur who is focused on community building and has worked around the globe on community mobilisation strategies. His presentation will focus on the role of service and volunteerism in developing competent leaders into the future.
We hope you will be able to join us at this exciting event!