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A Free Speakers Series on Community Engagement

Available for Member Campuses Only

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How It Works

Spreading the Word is a speakers series that brings professionals from a wide range of disciplines and industries together with Community-Engaged Alliance member institutions to enhance civic dialogue, community engagement, and education.

Here’s how the process works:

  1. CEA member institutions submit requests to host a speaker in one of the four thematic areas.
  2. CEA matches the request with 3-5 presentations submitted by speakers.
  3. The requesting institution chooses a speaker and finalizes logistics, including day, time, duration, and location/format.
  4. CEA pays a set fee to each speaker who is selected to give a talk (set fees will range between $200-500 based on duration & modality of speaking engagements).

Become a Speaker

We’re looking for speakers in a wide range of industries and disciplines, from education to business to non-profit organizations with expertise in one of four thematic areas:

  • K-12 Engagement & Partnerships
  • Service Learning & Community-Based Learning
  • Electoral Engagement & Civil Discourse
  • Teaching & Learning for Democracy

Learn more about these areas below.

To get started, follow the link below and complete a simple application. We’ll reach out to confirm details and discuss next steps.

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K-12 Engagement & Partnerships

Meaningful partnerships between higher education and K-12 partners instill a college-going identity for K-12 students, provide mentoring opportunities, and provide additional benefits to K-12 partners rather than simply serving as recruitment opportunities for specific higher education institutions. These presentations will provide insight on attending to the nuances of these partnerships that contribute to successful outcomes, navigating the bureaucracy involved, and the impacts these partnerships have had around the state and country. 

Service-Based & Community-Based Learning

CEA has been a leader in building capacity for the creation and implementation of service learning and community-based learning projects for more than 30 years. As a result, we have a wide range of expertise in our network, including implementing principles of community-based participatory research, designing service-learning opportunities and curricula with communities who have identified needs, assessing outcomes in these service- and community-based learning activities, and employing strategies to reveal and articulate community assets. 

Electoral Engagement & Civil Discourse

Presentations in electoral engagement and civil discourse will explore how we can increase our knowledge of political issues and America’s electoral process while also keeping more extensive goals in mind. Talks will prompt us to think about how we discuss issues facing our communities, have honest and productive conversations when we disagree with people, and use these conversations to drive better policy and public leadership.

Teaching & Learning for Democracy

Teaching and learning for democracy fuses workforce training and educational experiences that encourage students to consider the broader meaning and context of their work. Students in a civil engineering course, for example, might consider how they can use their skills and interests to bring people together to share ideas, hear the views and life experiences of others, and articulate their shared interests.

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Speaker Series Resources & Toolkits

Check out resources to help you promote your speaking engagements, timelines, checklists, sample social media post copy and more.

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