Recap: TRUCEN 2023 Annual Meeting

Revisit The Research University Civic Engagement Network's 2023 Annual Meeting at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

It was so great to see so many members last month for The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) Annual Meeting! Over 50 TRUCEN members joined us at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for three days of knowledge-sharing, networking, and collaboration around the most pressing issues and opportunities to advance civic and community engagement.

A huge thank you to the University of Minnesota for hosting this event. The Annual Meeting was successful largely in part to the contributions of their staff—especially Heidi Barajas, Interim Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, Amber Cameron, Director of Public Engagement Initiatives, Diane Gihl, Executive Assistant, and Laurel Hirt, Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Learning.

Take a look at some of the highlights from this great event!

TRUCEN Members tour the Weisman Art Museum
TRUCEN Members tour the Weisman Art Museum


Bobbie Laur welcomes TRUCEN attendees
Campus Compact President Bobbie Laur welcomes everyone to the TRUCEN Annual Meeting


university of minnesota panelists
TRUCEN members are welcomed to Minnesota by University of Minnesota Regent, the Honorable Tadd Johnson and an incredible panel followed that featured Sara Axtell, Lecturer from the Department of Family Social Science, Karen Diver, Senior Advisor to the President for Native Americans, and Alejandra Peña Gutierrez, Director of the Weisman Art Museum.


Castel Sweet leads discussion
Castel Sweet leads a conversation on integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging with civic and community engagement functions


resourcing for success panel
A panel discussion as part of our Resourcing for Success series on fundraising strategies for endowed centers, professorships, and programs featuring Lisa Chambers, Administrative Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service at University of Wisconsin Madison, Luke Terra, Associate Director and Director of Community Engaged Learning and Research at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service, Mary Jo Callan, Vice President for Community Engagement and Stark Family Executive Director of the Swearer Center at Brown University, and Stephanie Kurtzman, Peter G. Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis.


UROC Panel
Panelists from the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community discuss community engagement practices in the twin cities and the University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Resarch and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC).


TRUCEN group photo
TRUCEN Annual Meeting attendees pose for a group photo.


david weerts
David Weerts leads a discussion on surviving and thriving through leadership transitions