2021 TRUCEN Annual Meeting

Meeting Agenda

This year’s annual meeting of The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) will be virtual and focus on collegial sharing and conversation around three Sustained Conversation topics of interest to the network: student activism, tenure and promotion, and sustaining democratic engagement in challenging times.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021 

  • 4 pm – 4:10 pm ET  Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, and Brief History of TRUCEN – Clayton Hurd, Director of Professional Learning and Engaged Scholarship, Campus Compact
  • 4:10 pm – 4:40 pm ET  Keynote Address – Andrew Seligsohn, President of Campus Compact
  • 4:40 – 4:45 pm ET  Overview of Thursday’s Sustained Conversation Sessions
  • 4:45 – 6:00 pm ET.   TRUCEN Happy Hour 
  •   Prepare your favorite beverage and enjoy an opportunity to reconnect with TRUCEN colleagues – and meet new ones! 

Thursday, June 17, 2021 

  • 12 noon ET   Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
  • 12:05 – 1:15 pm ETSupporting Student Activism and Community Organizing (Convener: Tom Schnaubelt, Stanford University)
    • The conversation will focus on how research universities (and other institutions of higher learning) can best support student activism and community organizing.  The group conducted interviews with a range of stakeholders (students, faculty and staff, campus administrators) and developed a document (“guide”) that outlines questions campuses should strive to answer as well as resources that exist to support and guide student activism and community organizing.  Our team will provide an overview of the process, highlights from interviews, and how we envision the guide being used.  Our group will also host small group discussions around the topics deemed most important via a poll of the large group. 
  • 1:15 pm – 1:20 pm ET Break
  • 1:20 pm – 2:30 pm ET  Strengthening Engagement in a Challenged Democracy (Co-conveners: Renee Brown, Michigan State University & Nancy Thomas, Tufts University)
    • Election 2020 revealed both strengths and weaknesses in U.S. democracy, and for U.S. research universities, they pose both challenges and an opportunities. This group will share insights and pose questions related to their exploration of the current state of civic learning, democracy, and participation, including in light of the global pandemic, mandatory social distancing, and a highly partisan and polarized political climate.
  • 2:30 pm –  2:35 pm ET Break
  • 2:35 pm – 3:45 pm ET. Navigating Promotion, Tenure & Faculty Rewards for Community-Engaged Scholarship (Co-conveners: Shalom Staub & Bemmy Maharramli, UCLA) 
    • The conveners will share the breadth of the conversation group’s consideration of tenure and promotion issues for community engaged scholars, including case examples of emerging conditions at several campuses. They will also share their proposal to continue this collaborative work by creating a “National Learning Community on Promotion and Tenure for Engaged Scholarship,” and will share some potential next steps for this proposed community of practice.
  • 3:45 – 4:00 pm ET. Making Connections & Future Directions
Please contact Clayton Hurd (churd@compact) with any questions.