Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 pm
The Commons, Spooner Hall
Lawrence Campus


Matchmakers 2017

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Service Learning

This year's Matchmakers event is dedicated to discussing and brainstorming service learning projects that attend to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the service project, the course learning objectives, and the classroom environment. The event will begin with a panel of faculty, staff, students, and community partners sharing their approaches for inclusive teaching, learning, and service. Participants will have time to ask questions of the panel before beginning the "matchmaking" portion of the event. During matchmaking, participants are encouraged to have multiple brief conversations with other participants, to brainstorm possible future collaborations.

Panel Members

  • Megan Paceley, Assistant Professor in Social Welfare
    Faculty instructor of SW 555, Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice: Cultural Competence
  • Students and a community partner representative from Dr. Paceley's class
  • Amanda Wright, Academic Inclusion Coordinator with the Office of Multicultural Affairs
    Staff instructor of LA&S 292: Advocacy & Social Change

Definitions from KU's Office of Diversity & Equity:

  • Diversity: The variety of similarities and differences among people in an organization in terms of age, cultural background and viewpoints, physical abilities and disabilities, race, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, personal or professional background, beliefs, personal interests and other characteristics.
  • Equity: The quality of being fair or impartial. To provide equal access to a group or organization, and to promote equal opportunities within a group or organization.
  • Inclusion: The act of making every individual feel welcomed, valued and respected within a group, community or organization.

About Matchmakers

Matchmakers is an annual service learning meet-and-greet that brings together representatives from community organizations with faculty members and instructors from an array of disciplines. The annual event inspires new campus-community partnerships that address community-defined needs while enhancing student education and civic engagement.

During the event, participants hear from panelists or speakers experienced in service learning. Then "speed greeting" commences and faculty members/instructors and community partner representatives pair off to brainstorm potential partnerships. After several minutes, participants find new partners and new brainstorming begins.

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