Building Partnerships on Campus and Beyond: Collaboration strategies and success stories

Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Burge Union Forum C/D
Round Table Discussion


Kathryn Ziewitz, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Collaboration is key for successful development of multi-disciplinary projects relevant to sustainability, environmental science, and other earth science endeavors. A concerted effort to enhance collaborations among faculty, students, staff, and community organizations can bring multiple rewards to a campus. These include building research partnerships, enhancing co-curricular offerings, better using the campus as a "living, learning laboratory" for sustainability, and garnering extramural funding.

The moderator will share examples of collaboration efforts that are helping to build campus sustainability and research initiatives at FAMU. Please join us to share your strategies, successes and challenges.

Related Resources

(Also available from this Google Docs link)

Resources for Collaboration Website maintained by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), available to institutions that belong to AASHE, with extensive resources for campus engagement and use of campus as living, learning laboratory A university-community partnership program that works at a large scale to advance the needs and quality of life of communities while training the next generation workforce and leadership. The EPIC model is adaptable to different administrative structures and content areas." Spring 2019 conference to be held at University of South Florida. The EarthConnections Alliance supports development of pathways linking opportunities to learn geoscience with community involvement across grade levels. Portal to SERC-hosted projects. Guidelines for developing effective partnerships. This free nonprofit website connects practitioners, students, faculty, and volunteers with projects to transform our world into a better place for all. Register your projects to get the help, assistance and collaborations you want with research, implementation, project management, and evaluation (locally or virtually).

Selected Literature

Bacon, C.M., Mulvaney, D., Ball, T.B., DuPuis, E.M., Gliessman, S.R., Lipschutz, R.D., and Shakouri, A. R.D., (2010). The creation of an integrated sustainability curriculum and student praxis projects. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Vol. 12 No. 2, 2011, pp. 193-208.

Beaudoin, F.D., Brundiers, K. (2017). A Guide for Applied Sustainability Learning Projects: Advancing sustainability outcomes on campus and in the community. Philadelphia: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., Simon, B. S., Salinas, K. C., Jansorn, N. R., & Van Voorhis, F. L. (2002). School, family, and community partnerships: Your handbook for action (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA, US: Corwin Press.

Wiek, A., Xiong, A., Brundiers, K., van der Leeuw, S. (2014). Integrating problem- and project-based learning into sustainability programs: A case study on the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Vol. 15 No. 4, 2014, pp. 431-449