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What is the CEI? The institute brings together administrators, faculty, staff and community representatives from the Inland Northwest to discuss Service-Learning and community engagement initiatives, share promising practices and examine how institutions may become better able to seek solutions to complex challenges.  The conference seeks to share innovations in Service-Learning pedagogy and scholarship as well as to further discussions about the meaningful engagement of higher-education and communities to respond collaboratively to issues of need.

Why Spokane? The CEI brings campus and community partners together in a traditional gathering place, near the Spokane River falls, each year. This location emphasizes the importance of place and recognizes the responsibilities that institutions of higher education bear to the communities in which they live.  We draw inspiration from the geography of our region and the Spokane River to examine the changing currents of campus/community partnerships that bring about innovative and strategic responses to community needs.