Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Engagement: Bringing Students and Community Members Together in Shared Learning

Type: Panel
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: American Association of Geographers
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon B2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Derek Alderman
Chairs: Joseph Wood


This session is one of several organized for the purpose of providing grounded but critical discussion of public engagement and outreach opportunities, strategies, and challenges. Sessions build upon the experiences of panelists/facilitators and the sharing of perspectives from the audience to create a space where geographers can train each other, trade innovations and ideas, and negotiate practical and even political obstacles to public engagement in geography. .

In the spirit of field work and public engagement in geography, some of the most important and relevant learning our students undertake comes from engaging with community members and leaders in a shared learning process. Yet challenging the classroom/community binary to make the experience work constructively and effectively for both students and community members is often difficult, especially given uneven power dynamics between universities and community-based organizations that treat the community as laboratory. For this panel, three geographers who teach in diverse settings will discuss their work connecting students and communities. Panelist experiences range from taking students into the local community to learn from and with community members and community leaders, to bringing community members and leaders into the classroom itself, to representing a community-based organization and sharing grassroots networks as part of action pedagogy. Panelists will share their own approaches and tools for drawing on community engagement and outreach in the learning process.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Naya Jones Get Rooted Consulting / Affiliate - Geography and the Environment, UT Austin 20
Panelist Rebecca Torres University of Texas at Austin 20
Panelist Joseph Wood University of Baltimore 20

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