Strategic Engagement Council Aims to Connect Campus and Community

Bemidji State University’s Dr. Debbie Guelda, professor of biology, Dr. Donna Pawlowski, professor of communication studies, and Dr. Colleen Greer, professor of sociology, are members of the executive leadership for the university’s Community Engagement Council (CEC) and presented at the Minnesota Campus Compact Conference in May.

The CEC seeks to develop community and academic opportunities for students, faculty, staff and administrators to create and sustain meaningful partnerships with the surrounding community. They wish to continue engagement efforts with interests in civic engagement, multicultural understanding and liberal arts to enhance Bemidji State.

Their presentation, “Creating Connections: Interpreting and Bridging Disparate Definitions of Campus and Community Interactions,” explored research conducted by the CEC to identify connections and perspectives with local for profit, non-profit and governmental agencies on community engagement.


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