Forum Tracks


Forum tracks:
• Skill Building/Learning Workshops
In these workshops, presenters will teach and discuss particular skills and techniques involved in doing community based research and/or community-university partnerships for change. The session should accomplish specific learning objectives and increase the participants’ competence in an important area of the Forum themes and objectives. It should include opportunities for practice and feedback. Please indicate workshop objectives, agenda, and participation processes. Workshops will be 90 minutes in length.

• Learning Circles
Roundtables will provide an opportunity for discussion on important themes and issues relevant to community member experiences in community-academic partnerships and collaborations. This can include presentations of ideas in development, evaluations, or an opportunity for collective problem solving of identified challenges or other in contexts relevant to the Forum themes. A submission to facilitate a roundtable must include a summary describing the problem or issue, its significance, the questions to be posed, and a plan for engaging the participants. Sessions will be 30 minutes and will have no more than 10 participants including the presenter(s).

• Storytelling
Stories reflect the genuine and authentic experience of an individual or a community, which has importance and value. Stories should be consistent with the Forum theme, goals, and objectives. For example, story sessions could involve a story of a successful or less than successful attempt to involve faculty by community organizations in community research projects, or how an attempt to change community policies or practices through a research project went in a completely different direction. Storytelling sessions will be 30 minutes in length.

• Platform Session
Oral presentations will be focused on reports of research results, theory and inquiry related to the Forum themes. Presentations may be submitted individually or jointly as a panel session (submitted by the panel lead). We strongly encourage community member participation for presentations with academics. Individual presentations will be approximately 20 minutes each, with a total of 90 minutes allocated for each session.

• World Café (
The World Cafe aims to provide an open and creative conversation on a topic of mutual interest to surface our collective knowledge, share ideas and insights, and gain a deeper understanding of the subject and the issues involved. 60 minutes has been allocated for this format.

• Open Space Technology (
Open Space Technology is an approach to conversation that begins with a theme, but no formal agenda. 60 minutes has been allocated for this format.