Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase


Service. Partnership. Research.

The Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium recognizes the impact of service, partnership, and research on the IUPUI campus and in the community. The symposium presentations provide an opportunity for campus and community constituents to share their collaborative strategies, research and/or outcomes with others in order to advance higher education's community engagement and improve the quality of life in Indianapolis and beyond.

All presentations will take place in the IUPUI Campus Center Theatre from 3:45-5:00 p.m. Details for 2015 Symposium presentations are outlined below. 

Symposium Sessions
  • Insurgent Architectures in Support of Urban Agriculture

    Presenter(s): Timothy C. Gray, Ball State University Faculty, Lucas Brown, Ball State University Visiting Instructor, Brooke Longcore, Ball State University Student, Jared Monce, Ball State University Student, Logan RichmondBall State University Student, Austin Zehr, Ball State University Student
    Presentation Format: Pecha Kucha

    Presentation Description: Indianapolis is a place of extremes. Downtown has enjoyed a resurgence while many historic neighborhoods struggle; a range of interesting energies are emerging from these conditions. Among these, a growing number of urban farmers are creating new urban economies through the cultivation of food and the creation of temporary improvements on abandoned properties. This presentation will focus on student led projects which bring together business, school, and community in support of urban agriculture. 

  • Designing With, Not For: Engaging Communities through Participatory Design

    Presenter(s): Pamela C. Napier, IUPUI Faculty
    Presentation Format: Pecha Kucha

    Presentation Description: This presentation will highlight specific elements of human-centered, participatory design for civic and community engagement. In particular, it will describe specific creative methods used for enabling people to generate, prototype and share ideas; these methods allow people to develop ownership and tap into their inherent creativity, helping to develop meaningful and appropriate solutions to the challenges they face within their lives and local communities.

  • Answering the Call of Martindale Brightwood (MB), Partnership that Works

    Presenter(s): Aster Bekele, Felege Hiywot Center
    Presentation Format: Pecha Kucha

    Presentation Description: In this presentation a community member from the Martindale Brightwood Alliance for Educational Success (MBAES) will share some insights from a model partnership between the anchor institution and the community. In particular, the presenter will focus on how co-learning and co-creating knowledge with the community is most beneficial and productive when it is characterized by a willingness to listen and an open-mind. 

  • Advancing Quality of Life with Health Promotion through Community Engagement

    Presenter(s): Joycelyn L Howard, IUPUI Student, Elizabeth Ferguson, IUPUI Student, Danielle Perkins, IUPUI Faculty
    Presentation Format: Pecha Kucha

    Presentation Description: This presentation will use the health promotion framework to address health inequalities and determinants of health. Through brief and meaningful encounters, the graduate students were able to provide a positive environment at the center where they could help community members identify behavior-specific benefits, barriers, and personal influences that would help promote health.

  • The SLA and TA Experience - What it’s All About

    Presenter(s): Kaine P. Teme, IUPUI Student
    Presentation Format: Pecha Kucha

    Presentation Description: I have always viewed both roles as TA and SLA through the same complementary lenses. However, the CESS Symposium prompted me to think further about the two positions. I now realize that while the TA role gave me a glimpse into life as an academic and educator, the SLA role pushed my mental curiosity even further than I had ever imagined. Being an SLA has given me a renewed sense of purpose in life.

  • Growing Season: Lessons from an Urban Farmer

    Presenter(s): Michael Higbee, Central Greens, LLC, Justin Berg, Central Greens, LLC, Ryan Kamp, Central Greens, LLC
    Presentation Format: BOB Talk

    Presentation Description: What does it take to start an urban farm?  Hear from a local start-up – Seven Steeples Farm – on how two guys with a mission transformed a forgotten piece of land into a community asset.  Learn how we involve and educate community members, and get them to think and talk about food differently. Lastly, you will learn more about what it takes to manage a sustained effort that builds up the positive qualities of community life.

Presentation Formats
  • Pecha Kucha

    Pecha Kucha, Japanese for the “sound of conversation” or “chit chat,” is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). It is not designed to provide in-depth analysis of an issue. Rather, the format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, and allows more time for audience discussion of the topic. Pecha Kucha presentations are ideal to showcase innovative ideas or methods to advance community-university partnerships and engagement. The format challenges presenters to clearly and succinctly explain their idea or insight in a manner more evocative than the standard Power Point presentation. Accepted presentations in this format are not required to follow the exact slide to second ratio; however, presenters that choose this presentation style will be confined to a 7 minute presentation limit.

  • BOB (Bursts of Brilliance) Talks

    "B.O.B. (Bursts of Brilliance) Talks" are formatted similar to the TED Talk model in which each presenter shares a short story/commentary that inspires or challenges our audience’s thinking. Individual B.O.B. talks last 13 minutes. Stories shared in this format should reflect the individual’s genuine experience with and relevant knowledge of their selected topic. Presenters should also make demonstrate the relevance of their topic/story to the conference theme. The purpose of these presentations is to provide dynamic, quick paced overviews and discussions about provocative topics/experiences in our field.

Expected Audience

Attendees for the symposium include community representatives, researchers, campus administrators, students, faculty, and staff.