Engagement and Service-Learning Summit

Virtually on Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm (EST)

Join faculty, staff, students, and community partners to discuss best practices in engagement and service-learning, highlight accomplishments, and increase collaboration opportunities. This year’s virtual event will feature a fireside chat with 20th U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams and two tracks: a beginning track on networking and partnership formation and an advanced track on assessment and evaluation for engaged scholars. A showcase featuring student engagement stories will conclude the Summit. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required.

Faculty and Staff

Connect with community partners and enhance your assessment and evaluation skills


Submit a poster or digital engagement story for the event’s virtual showcase


Find faculty and courses to help address your organization’s needs

“This was a wonderful way to get to know not just Purdue, but also the entire Lafayette community. Everyone was so interactive and collaborative. Great event overall!”


1:00 PM Framing of the Summit by Provost Jay Akridge

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity

1:10 PM Welcome by Dr. Steve Abel

Associate Provost of Engagement

1:15 PM Fireside Chat with Dr. Jerome Adams

Executive Director of Health Equity Initiatives, Distinguished Professor of Practice, and Presidential Fellow

Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions for this session. Facilitated by Virginia Vasquez Vought, Director, Wabash Valley Region Office of Engagement.

2:00 PM Tracks

Track 1: Networking and Partnerships with Dr. Lindsey Payne

Director of Service-Learning, Assistant Professor of Practice Environmental and Ecological Engineering

Participate in this highly interactive session on community-engaged project and partnership formation. Participants will explore roles and expectations, dialogue about best practices, and develop an aspirational framework for a future project or partnership. Participants can expect small group discussions, networking, and practical takeaways. Appropriate for community partners, faculty, staff, and students new to service-learning and engagement.

Track 2: Evaluation and Assessment with Dr. Brian MacGowan

Wildlife Extension Specialist & Extension Coordinator

Participants will work in small, facilitated groups to identify and explore desirable programmatic outcomes, and develop evaluation questions and methods for measuring impact. Instructors will provide participants university and external evaluation resources. This track is appropriate for faculty, staff and students with minimal evaluation experience.

3:30 PM Showcase

Students present their community engagement and service-learning projects to staff, faculty and community partners. The top 3 submissions are showcased and receive a cash prize.

4:15 PM Closing Remarks by Dr. Steve Abel

Associate Provost of Engagement

4:30 PM Summit Ends

Student Showcase

Students from across Purdue’s campuses are invited to showcase community engagement projects as part of service-learning courses or engagement activities. Virtual submissions will be accepted as pre-recorded posters or digital stories. The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes of $150, $100, and $50, respectively, and broadcast during the Showcase. More information about the Showcase can be found HERE. Submit a brief abstract by registering for the event HERE.


There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required.

Purdue affiliated? Register HERE.

Community partner? Register HERE.


For more information: Robert Elliott, Lead Events Planner, relliot@purdue.edu