Swearer Center Strategic Planning Focus Group Session for Students

Friday, March 4th, 2022 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (ET)


This focus group session will be facilitated by the Swearer Center's strategic planning consultant Amy Chan, founding principal of Social Catalyst ConsultingPrior to her consulting work, Amy served as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the University Community Service Center at the University of Chicago, 2011-2018. 
The Swearer Center is in the midst of an exciting strategic planning process that will shape our work over the next several years. As a part of our process, Amy will be facilitating a focus group activity with Swearer-affiliated students to gather your input. You are an important community to involve in our process! We ask that you review the agenda and the 4 strategic priority areas listed below in advance to the meeting.
In addition to attending the focus group session, we hope you will take 5 minutes to share your thoughts about the Swearer Center by completing brief survey. Data gathered through this survey will be used to help inform our future strategies.

Swearer Center Strategic Planning - Student Focus Group

Friday, 3/04/22

2:00-3:00pm EST

5 minutes


5 minutes

Welcome Activity

5 minutes

Amy Chan’s Introduction, Swearer Center Strategic Planning Consultant 

Overview of Strategic Planning Process 

15 minutes

Breakout Session#1 - 4 Strategic Priority Areas

5 minutes

Full-Group Share

15 minutes

Breakout Session #2 - Themes from Stakeholder Feedback 

5 minutes

Full-Group Share

3 minutes

Meeting Pluses & Wishes

2 minutes

Next Steps

Strategic Priority Areas for 2022 and beyond 

1. Engage Based on Community-Identified Priorities - Ensure that expertise, ideas, priorities, and data gathered directly from a diverse cross-section of community partners inform where and how the Swearer Center connects and devotes resources (for example, students placed through curricular or co-curricular programs, VISTA placements, work study placements, course projects, research projects, curriculum/program development). An emphasis will be placed on community partners who are working with people most impacted by social injustice. 

2. Foster Student Reflection, Learning & Civic Commitment - Ensure that Swearer Center teaching, educational programming, and advising are clearly aligned with learning outcomes (for example, critical reflection, integrative learning, cultural understanding and humility, and ethical practice). Further, foster students’ demonstrated commitment and action towards a more inclusive, just, and sustainable world. 

3. Promote Pathways for Community-Engaged Teaching & Research - Create and maintain resources and opportunities that promote pathways for the development, implementation, and/or sustenance of teaching and research by faculty, students, and staff. These are created and conducted via equitable and sustainable partnerships with community organizations, institutions, groups, and individuals to address issues locally, nationally, and globally.

4. Build Capacity & Align Processes to Advance Social Justice - Strengthen, leverage, and sustain Brown University’s investments in people, relationships, systems, and tools, and align programs and processes on- and off-campus to advance social justice. Collaborate to advance and enhance Brown University’s policies and practices that honor and are informed by community Input.

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