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Principles and Practices for Civic Engagement: Innovation and Challenges

Ohmer, Mary (2022) Principles and Practices for Civic Engagement: Innovation and Challenges. In: 2022 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, 1 Mar 2022, University of Pittsburgh.

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This workshop will describe civic engagement principles and practices developed through Research for Equity and Power, a community based participatory research project in Homewood and Hazelwood. We will describe our Civic Engagement Roadmap from our Equitable Development Playbook, including the following steps: Look, Understand, Organize and Act. We will discuss how we have taken these steps and adapted them to different communities and issues so that they can be more broadly used to impact change. We have adapted these strategies for youth participating in Learn and Earn programs, and for workshops with local and national audiences. Furthermore, we are currently adapting these strategies for our Citizen Training Academies in Homewood and for our Community Conversations in Hazelwood. For example, in a recent Citizen Academy in Homewood, we applied these Civic Engagement Steps to the issue of Pittsburgh Public School Board District Reapportionment. In Hazelwood, we are focusing the steps on the Hazelwood Green and the goal of residents to ensure that this development truly is equitable and serves the community. We will also discuss our challenges in engaging residents during a pandemic, and in adapting the principles and practices to a new community. Participants will be engaged in applying our civic engagement principles and practices to a current community issue and discuss ways to apply them in their own civic engagement work.


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Ohmer, Marymlo51@pitt.edumlo51
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Engagement and Community Affairs
Date: 1 March 2022
Event Title: 2022 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum
Event Dates: 1 Mar 2022
Event Type: Conference
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 19:48
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 19:48


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