Student Symposium

Student Symposium on Community Engagement

Each year, Partners in Campus and Community Engagement invites students and their mentors (faculty, staff, and/or community partners) to present their collaborative work to build a better Spokane at the Student Symposium on Community Engagement.  The event convenes students and their mentors to present posters describing their work and detailing its impact on our community. Our celebration highlights the impact of community-based learning on both students and Spokane-area partners.

2023 Student Symposium on Community Engagement

This year's Symposium, in addition to hosting online posters, will take place in person on Thursday, April 20, from 4-6 pm at Whitworth University in the Hxion Union Building MPR. Students from all regional institutions of higher education are welcome to submit applications to present at this year's student symposium. Students interested in doing so should read the requirements below and fill out the form towards the bottom of this page.

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2023 at 11:59pm

What you need to know to present

Any students engaged in regional community-based work may present at the Student Symposium on Community Engagement.  We ask that your poster include all the following elements:

  • Names and affiliations of student(s) and mentor(s)
    • Remember that this presentation will showcase the collaboration of campus and community partners.  As such, you should have the support of a mentor in your work, such as a faculty member or a community partner. Be prepared to provide the name and contact information of the mentor online.  We encourage mentors to co-present with you.
  • An explanation of the work completed in the community
    • Explain what you did in the community, the issue that you addressed, who your partners were, what systems were in place to facilitate your work, or any new systems that you helped to create.
  • An explanation of the purpose and significance of the campus/community work
    • Be sure to identify the issue area that your work in the community has addressed and how your own understanding and your community partner’s understanding of the issue, its context, root causes, etc., may have transformed during the collaboration.
  • A demonstration of outcomes (for all partners), such as displays of community collaboration, learning and reflection, or impacts of the work. Your poster must clearly demonstrate the benefits of your partnership to both the community and the student.
    • Consider , for instance, what you have learned about community assets or community needs; how the project developed your skills in preparation for your career; how the community-based work connected to classroom learning; how the community partners met their goals or transformed their practice through collaboration with you.

Important details:

The 2023 Symposium will be hosted in person, however, we will also have a virtual posting. Our virtual space, hosted on the PICCE website, will create records of your participation and allow your work to reach a wider audience.  Posters will need to be submitted in .pdf Format.

We will upload your documents to the PICCE Website and share them with our community and campus partners and provide you with a link for future use and as proof of your participation in the Symposium. Please be sure to include the title of your presentation in the name of your document.

As you prepare your posters, remember that they should be largely graphic with photos of the partnership, graphs of work performed or large text with brief explanations of the project. An editable PowerPoint poster template can be downloaded below.

For questions, contact Daniel Geiter in the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement at dgeiter@whitworth.edu or 509-777-4279.

2023 Community Engaged Learning Student Symposium Application

2023 Community Engagement Student Symposium Application

Partners in Campus Community Engagement (PICCE) invite students and their mentors (faculty, staff and/or community partners) to showcase innovative community-based projects and research at the 2023 Community Engagement Symposium. This event brings together students from institutions across the region to share poster presentations describing their work and detailing its impact on our community.

In your response, consider what you have learned about community assets or community needs; how the project has developed your skills in preparation for a career; how the community-based work connected to classroom learning; how the community partner met their goals or transformed their practice through collaboration with you.
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