Event Date/Time: Jul 12, 2006
The Challenge of Engagement: The 3rd Annual University-Community Partnership Conference is scheduled for July 12-14, 2006 at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on the Virginia Tech Campus. The Keynote Speaker, Donald Blake is a consultant in the University of Virginia Community Relations Office, and a found of its Day in the Life Program. Dr. Blake is an educator, corporate executive, administrator, researcher, civil rights and community activist and consultant, who is committed to community change through education, service-learning, and community service. Dr. Stephen Percy is the Plenary Speaker. He is Professor of Political Science, Deputy Chancellor for the Milwaukee Idea, and Director of the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Percy is one of the key authors of the 2004 Wingspread report, "Calling the Question: Is Higher Education Ready to Commit to Community Engagement?" which provides the thematic content of this year's conference. The Conference will also provide opportunities for full-group sessions, poster exhibits, roundtable discussions, and presentations on university-community engagement. A two-hour grand writing workshop and networking opportunities will also be available. The $159 registration fee includes lunch on July 12, break service each day, the closing reception on July 14 and all conference materials.