2021 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum

March 2, 2021 - 11:00am to 8:00pm

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The forum runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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2021 CESF Program

Tracks and Themes

  • Basic Needs
  • Civic Participation
  • Digital Access and Inclusion
  • Education
  • Health Equity
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Relationships and Our Social Fabric

Featured Speakers and Sessions

Weaving Community to Rebuild Social Trust

Valerie Kinloch Muffy Mendoza Presley Gillespie Frederick Riley 


  • Valerie Kinloch, Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Muffy Mendoza, Executive Director, Brown Mamas 
  • Presley Gillespie, President, Neighborhood Allies
  • Frederick Riley, Executive Director, Weave: The Social Fabric Project

National Perspectives on Critical and Liberatory Practices in Community Engagement

Michelle Fine Tania Mitchell  Lina Dostilio


  • Michelle Fine, City University of New York, Public Science Project
  • Tania Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development; College of Education and Human Development; University of Minnesota
  • Chris Nayve, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement & Anchor Initiatives, The Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, University of San Diego
  • Lina Dostilio (moderator), Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, University of Pittsburgh

Health Equity

Paula Davis Al Richmond


  • Paula K. Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Health Sciences
  • Al Richmond, Executive Director, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)

Criminal Justice Reform Ecosystems

Mark Nordenberg Shalini Puri Doug Wood


  • Mark A. Nordenberg, Chair, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics
  • Shalini Puri, Co-founder, Pitt Prison Education Project
  • Douglas Wood, Director, The Aspen Institute’s Criminal Justice Reform Initiative (CJRI)

Schedule at a Glance

(all times EST)
11 a.m.-noon  Poster Presentations
Noon-12:30 p.m. Event Opening and Welcome
12:30-2 p.m. Funding and Publishing Engaged Scholarship
12:30-1:30 p.m. Session 1
Research for Equity and Power (REP): Strategies and Lessons Learned about Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

From Grief to Action: Building Tools to Elevate Racial Equity and Support the Effort to Fight Systemic Racism
1:30-2 p.m. Session 2
Data to Action: Brining Pre-Arrest Diversion to Allegheny County

Digital Bridge Building to Meet Critical Community Needs through Strategic Partnership
Civic Learning and Engagement: A Conversation about Pitt's New Course Attribute
2-3:30 p.m. Keynote Repairing our Social Fabric
3-4 p.m. Session 3
Pittsburgh Quality of Life Survey Working Group 


Collaborative Partnerships in the Time of COVID: Care and Connection Partners

3:30-4:30 p.m. Keynote National Perspectives on Critical and Liberatory Practices in Community Engagement
4:30-5:30 p.m. Session 4
Health Equity

Shifting Power in Educational Research and Development
A Collaborative Effort: The Homewood Community Development Collaborative and the Pitt CEC
5:30-6 p.m. Session 4
Interprofessional Diabetes Education at the Homewood Community Engagement Center

Data for Racial Justice


Elevating Family and Community Voices
6-6:30 p.m. Awards Partnerships of Distinction Award Ceremony
6:30-7:45 p.m. Keynote Criminal Justice Reform Ecosystems
7:45-8 p.m. Event Close and Thank-You