Community Engagement

Addressing the needs and interests of our diverse communities locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

Engaged Scholarship Symposium

Friday, March 12, 2021    10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

REGISTER HERE -- Event is free, but registration is required.


The Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium is an opportunity to network and share current research and teaching activities involving community partners and service to the community. Please join us for a half day of panel presentations, lightning talks, and recognition of UofL faculty receiving national awards in community-engaged scholarship.    


Plenary Session

10:00 - Welcome, Dr. Henry Cunningham, Director of Community Engagement

10:05 - Remarks, Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Community Engagement

10:10 - Recognition

Faculty: Dr. Cate Fosl – Anne Braden Institute, College of Arts & Sciences
The W. K. Kellogg Community Engagement Scholarship Award  2019 Recipient
                                    Community Partner: The Fairness Campaign
 Faculty: Dr. Dedra Hayden and Krista Roach – School of Nursing
The W. K. Kellogg Community Engagement Scholarship Exemplary Award 2020 Recipient
                                    Community Partner: Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund

10:35 - Remarks, Remarks, Dr. Tracy Eells, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

10:45 - Dr. Darren E. Lund, Professor, University of Calgary – Keynote Speaker

Title: Seeking Cultural Humility in Justice-Based Community Engagement

Dr. Lund’s talk will offer a timely reminder that this work of attending to difference is not simply about pursing harmony with our colleagues, students, and community partners. Bringing about social and institutional changes toward racial equity requires thoughtful advocacy and even some professional risk. Dr. Lund will offer specific insights and ideas from his three decades of work on social justice activism and human rights. He will address notions of privilege, and the need to attend to our own complex identities in community engaged work. His presentation will highlight research from a community-driven university education program that seeks to foster cultural humility in pre-service teachers. For over a decade, the award-winning Service Learning for Diversity Program has worked collaboratively with community agencies that serve diverse young people, including immigrant and refugee children, youth with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ youth, and Native/Indigenous youth. Participants can expect a lively talk that includes meaningful take-aways and resources for a range of settings, as well as some time for questions and answers. 


12:00 - 12:15  - BREAK

12:15 - Presentations

12:15pm - 1:15 - Concurrent Session 1: Panel Presentations

Community Engagement to Improve Systems of Care for Pregnant and Parenting Women in Recovery

Liza M. Creel: School of Public Health and Information Sciences 

Deborah Winders Davis: School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit

Tiffany Cole Hall: Volunteers of America Mid-States

This presentation will introduce the SHERO (Strengthening Health Equity in Recovery Outcomes) Study, which uses a community-engaged approach to study systems of care that serve pregnant and parenting women in recovery.  The presentation will highlight our approach and lessons learned, specifically in light of COVID-19 and the racial justice movement.

Community Engaged Research in Corrections: The Role of COVID-19

Alexandra Neumann: Research Assistant/Intern, Kent School of Social Work

Heather Oliver: Research Assistant/Intern, Kent School of Social Work

Stephanie Grace Prost: Principal Investigator, Kent School of Social Work     

The Older Adults in Kentucky State Prisons (OAK) Study represents a collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Corrections (KYDOC). MSSW interns discuss the genesis of the project, initial findings, strengths and challenges of community engaged research in correctional settings, and the influence of COVID-19 on the project.

A Distant Mirror: Human Rights, Breonna Taylor and the Perspectives of Law Students in the Russian Federation

Alexis Miller: Graduate Student, Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences

Erin Robinson: Graduate Student, Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences

Cara Graf: Graduate Student, Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences

Issues of racial justice have a direct impact on students of CJ 625, Legal Issues in Law Enforcement Administration. To that end, graduate students analyzed and deconstructed issues of police civil liability and rights of law enforcement in the context of the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metro Police officers. Their analyses looked at how the conduct of officers comported with legal requirements and protections guaranteed to citizens. Inequities in the application of policing to race were analyzed within the context of police behavior in the killing of Ms. Taylor.

12:15-1:15 Concurrent Session 1: Lighting Talks 

Modification to a Healthy Relationship Curriculum to Enhance LGBTQIA+Friendliness

Anita Barbee: Professor

Kent School of Social Work and Center for Family and Community Well-Being

From 2011-2015, an RCT showed that Love Notes reduced intimate partner violence, risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy even among LGBTQIA+ youth. During a 2017-2019 roll-out, given the changing landscape regarding gender fluidity, our team worked with LGBTQIA+ youth to modify the curriculum to be more friendly with positive results

Design for Public Issues

Leslie Friesen: Power Agency Designer-in-Residence, Department of Fine Arts, College of Arts & Sciences

The Design for Public Issues class, a required class for the Graphic Design BFA, provides a community engagement and collaborative learning opportunity. Student designers work as a team with non-profit organizations to develop a cohesive system of visual communications materials that increase awareness, involvement, and support for these non-profits

You. Deserve. Music.

Chris Millett: Music Therapy Clinic Coordinator

School of Music – Music Therapy

The UofL Music Therapy Clinic (MTC) provides cutting edge, evidence-based music therapy interventions for the Kentuckiana community. The MTC offers innovative techniques to meet the needs of those in our community with disabilities and related health needs. Clients receive affordable services from a high caliber teaching and learning clinic.

Investigating Metro United Way’s Ready for K thru Play Training Approach

Jill L. Jacobi-Vessels: Director, Early Learning Campus, College of Education and Human Development

Early childhood educators frequently complete required training hours through a disjointed series of workshops rather than a cohesive plan to deepen knowledge. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a community-based Communities of Practice (COP) training model on participants’ pedagogical beliefs and classroom practices.

Engaging With Local Schools Through Archaeology and Anthropology

Thomas Jennings: Director, Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences

The Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage is initiating two engaged scholarship partnerships. One is an experiential learning initiative with Central High School. The second, in partnership with the Kentucky School for the Blind, is an on-site archaeological field school offering visually impaired students the opportunity to experience excavations.


1:25 - 2:25 Concurrent Session 2: Panel Presentations "A"

Recovering Hidden Histories Through Community Engagement:  the Kentucky LGBTQ Heritage Project

Cate Fosl: Director, A&S Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and Professor of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Chris Hartman: Director, Fairness Campaign

David Williams: Philanthropist

This award-winning partnership between UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Fairness Campaign produced the nation’s first-ever statewide LGBTQ historic context report ( ) and designated Kentucky’s first 2 LGBTQ historic sites.  The presentation will share how the collaboration worked and next steps.

Music Therapy and the Community Classroom

Lorna E. Segall: Assistant Professor, School of Music

Jess Rushing: Assistant Professor School of Music

The focus of this presentation highlights the community engaged learning experiences that our music therapy students receive while attending UL. This presentation will highlight the variety, challenges, and benefits of learning in community-based classrooms. It will also share potential areas of collaboration across the campus.

Marching Together: Band Collaborations with Community Health Services

Amy Acklin: Director, UofL Cardinal Marching Band (CMB)

Jason Cumberledge: Assistant Director, UofL Cardinal Marching Band

Due to risks of COVID-19, standard operations of the UofL Cardinal Marching Band were not possible in Fall 2020, including normal rehearsals and performances.  In response, the CMB created “mini bands” and collaborated with UofL Health and Trilogy Health Services to perform for front line hospital workers and senior residents.

1:25 -2:25 Concurrent Session 2: Panel Presentations "B"

So…You Want To be a Community Engaged Scholar?: Rewards, Benefits, and Opportunity Costs

Armon R. Perry, Ph.D., MSW: Professor & Project Director, Kent School of Social Work

Community engaged scholarship has become increasingly popular in recent years. Consistent with this uptick in interest, there are more opportunities to participate in projects that contribute to this burgeoning literature. Attendees of this presentation will learn about some of the unique rewards and opportunity costs associated with community engaged scholarship

Kentucky Racing Health Services Center, A Faculty Practice

Dr. Dedra Hayden, DNP, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor, Director, Kentucky Racing Health Services Center, School of Nursing

This award winning presentation provides a description of the Kentucky Racing Health Services Center (KRHSC) and its community partner organization, The Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund (KRHWF). KRHSC is staffed and managed with nurse practitioners from the University of Louisville School of Nursing serving backside workers at Churchill Downs. 


Doing Qualitative Research in Early Learning Centers in Low-income Communities.

Yohimar Sivira-Gonzalez: Graduate Student/Graduate Research Assistant Early Childhood Research Center

This study focuses on five early childhood centers in a Midwest urban city and represents a partnership between three community organizations working together to improve the practice in high poverty locations. In this descriptive qualitative project, we examine teachers’ discourses on collaboration, building relationships and communities as crucial for children’s learning and development as well as healthy and successful teaching strategies.

1:25 -2:25 Concurrent Session 2: Panel Presentations "C"

Preparing for Partnership

Mary P. Sheridan: Professor, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences
Tyra G. Deckard: Graduate Student
Aubrie Cox: Graduate Student
Lauren Fusilier: Graduate Student
Caitlin Burns: Graduate Student
Tobias Lee: Graduate Student

Seeking to engage and interrogate national and local trends to embrace community engagement, this panel will present on the lessons learned in a Fall 2019 graduate seminar on Community Engagement. In this seminar, we examined the histories, theories, and methods of Writing Studies community-engagement practices. We complemented these academic readings with hands-on opportunities to participate in, on a small-scale, engaged literacy work with a community partner.

Louisville Science Pathways

Sarah Price: Graduate Student Research Assistant, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology

James Whitley: Graduate Student Research Assistant, Dept. of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology

Louisville Science Pathways is a research internship for high school students where participants are offered an opportunity to work with scientists at the University of Louisville.  The main goals are to promote science education by connecting our research with the community and introduce underrepresented minority students to scientific research careers.


Bridging Inequities with STEM Outreach

Megan Zipperer: Director, Science Policy and Outreach Group (SPOG), School of Medicine

The presentation will focus on the outreach portion of the Science Policy and Outreach Group (SPOG) with an emphasis on how community engagement facilitated by SPOG addresses racial inequities at the level of middle and high school education.

Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Community Engagement and the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

2020 Symposium

2019 Symposium

2018 Symposium



Community Engagement

University of Louisville

2323 S. Brook St.

Louisville, KY 40208

(502) 852-6026

Office Hours

M-F 8:30am to 5:00pm

No holiday hours

About us