OSU Community Engagement Conference

The Ohio State University Community Engagement Conference - January 23 and 24, 2019 at the Ohio Union

CONFERENCE THEME: Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future

What role do meaningful partnerships play in creating a sustainable future?

How does a community become and remain vibrant and resilient?

How can we ensure future generations have the clean air and clean water on which all life depends?

This conference will bring together a broad range of community engagement practitioners to share diverse ideas, engage in robust discussion and actively develop networks to address these and other complex questions.

Faculty, staff, students and community partners will explore the importance and impact of meaningful community-university partnerships during this two-day conference while having opportunities for professional development and making connections.

Ivory and Hannah will giving a presentation about worker-ownership on Wednesday, January 23. Cooperative businesses create a resilient and sustainable future for worker-owners. Co-ops create viable long-term employment and opportunities for career advancement; particularly for individuals in distressed economies and service industries. Additionally, worker-ownership empowers people, improves their quality of life, and enhances the communities in which they live and work. We will present best practices of working together to support economic development. Using Unity Coffee and Teahouse, Parkersburg, West Virginia’s first worker-owned cooperative, as a model, we will inspire educators, students, business and community developers to collaborate for greater impact. Participants will recognize the value of diversity in partnerships and learn best practices of engaged service to achieve a shared goal.