Tuesday, April 9th, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

University Capitol Centre


Keynote Address, 7:00 pm

Old Capitol Senate Chamber


Full schedule below.

The Engagement Summit brings together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to explore and celebrate a year of impactful community engagement work between the University of Iowa and communities across Iowa and beyond.

This day-long event will include sessions and speakers on important topics in community engagement, including community-engaged research, the impact of engagement on communities, creative placemaking and improving quality of life in communities, graduate education and community engagement, and recognizing and rewarding community-engaged work.

The Summit will culminate in an exciting keynote address by Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Health at the University of Arizona.



Morning Schedule

8:00 - 8:30

Coffee and Pastries

8:30 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:50

Community Perspective: Perceptions of Partnership

10:00 - 10:50

Community-Engaged Research: Lessons from the Field

Unpacking Placemaking: Definitions and Applications for Authentic Community Development

11:00 - 11:50

Do Good Well: Building Community Partnerships

Participatory Research and Design for Action

11:50 - 1:00

Lunch is on your own (Awards begin at 12:30)


Afternoon Schedule

1:00 - 1:50

Recognizing & Rewarding Community Engagement

Empowering Graduate Student Research through Community Engagement

Community Partner Meet and Greet

2:00 - 2:50

Graduate Engagement Corps Community-Engaged Projects

Getting Outside of our Academic Bubbles: How Ethnography and Engaging with Communities Can Help Us be Better Teachers, Scholars, and Leaders

3:00 - 3:50

How-To Guide: Tools, Processes and Best Practices

IMPACT: Inspire, Motivate, Promote and Advance Communities Together

4:00 - 4:30

Shareouts and Updates from Campus

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

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Mόnica Ramírez-Andreotta

University Distinguished Scholar

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Health | University of Arizona

We're excited to welcome Dr. Mόnica Ramírez-Andreotta as our Engagement Summit Keynote Speaker! Dr. Ramírez-Andreotta is a leading community-engaged scholar who will speak about the importance and impact of incorporating community engagement in research and scholarship.

She will be speaking at 7:00 pm at the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

View her profile here.

View her TEDx Talk on community-based science for justice and action here.


The Engagement Summit and keynote address are co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Jan Warren in advance at 319-335-0376 or jan-warren@uiowa.edu.