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Community-Engaged Learning Summit

May 9, 2024 Eastern Time
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The Dean of the College office invites you for a day of learning, connection, and experience!


  • Networking with faculty and community partners around project-based and community-engaged learning
  • Field trips to local sites to learn more about Worcester and examples of community-engaged learning partnerships
  • Food from local Worcester restaurants
  • Keynote address from Danielle Lake, PhD – Director of Design Thinking & Associate Professor, Elon University
    • Design Thinking Wicked Problems in the Undergraduate Classroom: Stories and Strategies
      • How might we design, facilitate, and assess courses that genuinely address real world problems, support diverse student needs, yield valuable outcomes, and support our own professional and personal goals? This session shares a range of stories and strategies to help you explore what’s possible: From first-year to senior-level courses, short- to long-term projects, research-based and community-based opportunities.
    • Danielle Lake is the Director of Design Thinking and Associate Professor in Human Service Studies at Elon University where she oversees the Center for Design Thinking, teaches community-engaged, cross-disciplinary courses, leads participatory action research projects, and consults with community organizations.  Her consulting, research, and teaching projects support relational, place-based design initiatives for addressing wicked problems, building capacities, and transforming systems. Learn more @


  • 9-9:30am – Check-in & Breakfast
  • 9:30-11am – Keynote Address
  • 11:15-12:15pm – Workshops
    • Student experiences in Problems of Practice coursers
    • Informational Literacy Framework for Students Tackling Community-Embedded Projects
    • Collaborating with Local Schools – Examples from Clark Faculty
  • 12:15-1:15pm – Lunch
  • 1:30-3pm – Learning Site Visits
    • Worcester Art Museum
    • Mass Audabon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Aids Project Worcester
    • EcoTarium
  • 3:30-4pm – Closing & Action Planning

Use this form to share your interest in attending the summit.


May 9, 2024