Dr. Allen is a compelling analyst of history and contemporary events and a leader in higher education. She is currently Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University as well as James Bryant Conant University Professor. Before joining Harvard, she was UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the first African American faculty member to be appointed to the Institute that was Einstein’s home for two decades. She is also a contributing columnist for the Washington Post. Dr. Allen is the author of six books, including Our Declaration: a reading of the Declaration of Independence in defense of equality, which won the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians and the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction and CUZ :The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017) he is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and a 2001 winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Andrew J. Seligsohn is president of Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1000 colleges and universities dedicated to the public purposes of higher education. As president, Seligsohn has focused on comprehensive campus planning for civic action, student civic leadership, and professional development for Community Engagement Professionals. Under his leadership, Campus Compact is building Education for Democracy, an effort to ensure that all college students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and motivations necessary for thoughtful and effective participation in democracy. Before joining Campus Compact, Seligsohn served as Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning at Rutgers University–Camden, Director of Civic Engagement Learning in the Pace Center at Princeton University, and as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Hartwick College. Seligsohn has published articles and chapters on higher education engagement, student political engagement, constitutional law, political theory, and urban politics. Seligsohn holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in modern intellectual history from Williams College.
Marina’ Kim is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ashoku U. Her work in social entrepreneurship dates back over 15 years. She co-founded and leads Ashoka U, which works with colleges and universities to embed social innovation as an educational focus and a strategic approach to aligning the university’s culture, programs and operations. To date, Ashoka U has worked with over 400 institutions globally. Marina’s writing on institutional change and higher education innovation has been featured in Forbes.com, SSIR.org, and the Diversity & Democracy Journal, and Ashoka U has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Huffington Post and The New York Times. Marinawas named in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, received the post-graduate Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy from Stanford, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Northampton.Marina holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University.
David Scobey is Director of Bringing Theory to Practice, a Washingon, D.C.-based project that works to renew the core purposes of college education--engaged learning, preparation for meaningful work, civic engagement, and the personal flourishing of all students--through innovative projects, collaborative research, and public advocacy. From 1989 to 2005, he taught history, American Studies, and architecture at the University of Michigan, where he founded Arts of Citizenship, a program that fostered public work and community projects in the arts, humanities, and design. He has also served as director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College and Executive Dean of the School for Public Engagement at The New School in New York City. For twenty years, he has worked to advance the democratic purposes of higher education. He is active in national efforts on behalf of these goals, serving on advisory boards for Project Pericles and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars In Public Life.
Onyeka Obiocha combines experience in community development, entrepreneurship and inclusive economic growth with a passion for creating vibrant communities. After earning his economics degree from the University of Connecticut, he co-founded the A Happy Life, a benefit corporation dedicated to creating a happier world for all. Soon after, he co-created a coffee roasting company called A Happy Life Coffee. Its mission was to disrupt the cycles of poverty in coffee exporting countries by reinvesting 100% of net profits into the communities where the coffee was sourced. He also co-created The Happiness Lab, a coffee lounge and co-working space in downtown New Haven which served as an incubator for creating happier communities. In its first year, the Happiness Lab was recognized by the National Retail Federation as one of the most innovative retail spaces in the country. During his time launching these endeavors, he realized the need for entrepreneurial and innovative mindsets to be positioned to address issues around social justice and economic liberation. As a result, Onyeka co-founded Breakfast Lunch & Dinner, a design studio that aims to build social cohesion through economic, entrepreneurial, and cultural development. Onyeka later sold A Happy Life and moved to New Haven to serve as the Director of Innovation at Dwight Hall, the Center for Public Service and Social Justice at Yale, the oldest and largest collegiate public service institution in the country. At Dwight Hall, he launched resources, trainings, and partnerships to support students dedicating themselves to creating positive social change. To further realize this work, he joined the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale as the Associate Director. He currently works on a systems level with public, private and philanthropic organizations to create a vibrant, inclusive innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater New Haven area. He is also a mentor for Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm focused on catalyzing underrepresented founders, a member of U.S Senator Christopher Murphy’s New Haven Innovation Council and a recipient Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40 award.
As Director of Impact at Tisch College of Civic Life’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Adam works with qualitative research, resource development, and strategic initiatives at IDHE. His research largely focuses on civic outcomes of media use by college students, and his doctoral dissertation focused on how college student social media use impacts student civic learning and engagement. Adam also currently serves as a part–time faculty member at the Boston University School of Education, as an advisory board member for SXSWedu, and as president of the William & Mary Alumni Boston Chapter. Prior to working in a research capacity, Adam spent six years working as a student affairs administrator at Florida State University and the University of Florida. He holds a BA from William & Mary, an MEd from the University of Florida, and a PhD from Boston College.
Elaine has been the Executive Director of California Campus Compact since 2000. Prior to joining California Campus Compact, Elaine served as the Director of the Higher Education National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Project. For the last 20 years, Elaine has contributed to the production of research knowledge related to service-learning and has co-authored several journal articles and book chapters on service-learning and student development, including a chapter in Looking In/Reaching Out: A Reflective Guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals (B. Jacoby and P. Mutascio, Eds.) and a chapter in Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience (E. Zlotkowski, Ed.). Elaine also has organized numerous conferences, institutes and forums addressing service-learning and civic engagement in education, including the Symposium on Civic Engagement and Graduate Education and The Artful Partnership: Advancement and Community Service Learning. From 2005 to 2007, she directed the largest community partner research study in the nation, resulting in the research report Community Voices: A California Campus Compact Study on Partnerships. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a Master of Public Health degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Higher Education & Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Community Colleges as Civic Power Plants: Generating, Harnessing, and Spreading Civic Power
The Sustained Dialogue Institute helps citizens around the world to transform their relationships and to design and implement sustainable change processes. The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) first began to form as a student-created branch of SDI in 1999 and has since grown to exist on over 40 campuses worldwide with countless students, faculty, and staff using the SD process to solve conflicts and create more inclusive campus communities. As Program Director for SDCN, Michaela spends much of her time supporting students and campus professionals in building collaborative problem solving skills and in designing and sustaining campus dialogue initiatives. Michaela supports campuses in applying the SD model to retreat-based, course-based, and extra-curricular settings. Before joining the SDI team, Michaela worked as the Program Manager at Campus Compact where she led the redesign of the Newman Civic Fellows program, building it into a high impact fellowship program for college students nationally. Prior to her work at Campus Compact, Michaela worked as a staff member at Denison University helping to increase institutional capacity around student success and retention. Michaela has also applied her conflict transformation skills as a former staff member at Seeds of Peace, where she worked on domestic and international conflict resolution summer programs supporting teenagers from eight countries. Michaela is an alumna of Denison University, where she was first introduced to the power of the Sustained Dialogue model as a student.
Intersecting Educational Development and Community Engagement: Research-Informed Strategies
Becca began at Northeastern University’s Center of Community Service in February 2013, and is now the Director of Service-Learning. Previously, Becca served as the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State College, in Keene, New Hampshire. She has also served as a Course Director for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida facilitating leadership education and development initiatives on campus both in the curriculum and the co-curriculum. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Butler University, a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. Her scholarly research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers. In addition, she does research, publishes, and presents in the field of service-learning and community engagement and a book she co-edited, Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement (through Stylus Publishing, LLC), came out in 2018. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE)
Intersecting Educational Development and Community Engagement: Research-Informed Strategies