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CCPH 12th Conference

Community-Campus Partnerships as a Strategy for Social Justice: Where We’ve Been & Where We Need to Go



CCPH conferences draw a diverse group of over 500 participants from across the U.S., Canada and other countries, reflecting key stakeholders in community-campus partnerships.  These include leaders from grassroots, community-based and non-profit organizations, government agencies, philanthropies, professional associations, schools, higher educational institutions and student service organizations.

Whether you are directly involved in community-based participatory research, service-learning or other community-campus partnerships – or are working to ensure the conditions are in place for such partnerships to thrive – the conference is designed to challenge and inspire you!  Conference participants include both those who are new to community-campus partnerships and looking for the basics to get started, and those who have been involved for many years and are looking for more advanced knowledge, skills and connections.   

We extend a special invitation to youth, students, junior faculty and community leaders who are just beginning their involvement in community-campus partnerships.  We also invite the leaders and members of national and international networks from around the globe to participate.   Community-campus partnerships are a global movement and we have much to learn from each other!

Conference Theme

The theme, “Community-Campus Partnerships as a Strategy for Social Justice: Where We’ve Been & Where We Need to Go” compels us to critically examine our selves, our practices, and the systems in which we live and work as we prepare for action. At the conference, we are announcing our new mission statement.   We invite you to read a paper prepared for the conference that explains our new mission and to join with us in embracing an agenda for community-campus partnerships in which the goals of health equity and social justice are at the forefront.
Regardless of the social justice issue you are passionate about – health equity, education, environmental justice, food security, sustainability, indigenous rights and so forth – the conference is an inclusive learning environment where all are embraced for the knowledge, wisdom and experience they bring to the table.  Challenges and successes are equally valued, as are multiple forms of knowledge and ways of knowing.  Together, we will explore how to leverage partnerships to create change.


Goals & Objectives

The conference aims to:

  • Mobilize & inspire community-campus partnerships to address the root causes of inequity
  • Demonstrate & celebrate community-campus partnerships as strategies for social justice
  • Connect the work of community-campus partnerships to contemporary movements for social justice and the democratization of knowledge
  • Provide an inclusive and dynamic forum in which to network, share information and build skills
  • Shape the program and policy agendas of CCPH and other participating organizations
  • Transform community-campus partnerships by connecting people, partnerships and networks from around the world


Through their active involvement in the conference, participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of how partnerships can transform people, communities, institutions, policies and systems
  • Reflect on why and how they engage in community-campus partnerships
  • Achieve their most important objective in coming to the conference
  • Commit to concrete and specific actions they will take upon returning home
  • Establish a peer group for continued learning and action
  • Leave the conference energized and motivated!



Sessions will address one or more of the topics listed below.

  • Communities as centers of engagement, learning and action
  • Engaged institutions
  • Sharing power & resources
  • Ensuring ethical practice
  • Changing policies & systems
  • Sustaining partnerships and their outcomes
  • Youth & student leadership
  • Mobilizing knowledge for action
  • Sustaining ourselves & each other


Session Formats

CCPH conferences are noted for their emphasis on inclusion, experiential learning and subsequent action. We incorporate diverse and creative approaches for sharing information and engaging participants in substantive discussions, including those described below: 

*Pre-conference workshops (April 18) are half-day sessions that allow for in-depth examination of a topic.

*Skill-building workshops (April 19, 20, 21) are instructional sessions in which presenters teach particular skills and techniques and discuss how these can be applied in participants' settings (90 minutes).

* Creative Arts Sessions (April 19, 20, 21) combine arts-based presentations (e.g., photo voice exhibit, theatre, film, dance) with opportunities for questions, answers and group discussion. (90 minutes)

* Story Sessions (April 19, 20, 21) emphasize the telling of stories experienced by the presenters that have valuable lessons to share.  We especially encourage stories of "what didn't work and why," lessons learned from mistakes and strategies for addressing the challenges discussed. (90 minutes)

* Roundtable Discussions (April 19, 20, 21) are an opportunity for a focused conversation around a particular topic, question, issue or challenge. Scheduled during breakfast or lunch, roundtable discussions can be used to incubate kernels of ideas, challenge current beliefs, and network with others who share similar issues. (60 minutes)

* Posters (April 19, 20, 21) are designed to visually display information and can include the presentation of conceptual frameworks, research or evaluation findings along with their implications for practice, policy or further study. All accepted posters will be displayed on 4 x 8 poster boards in the Poster Hall (no additional audiovisual aids are permitted). The Poster Hall will have regular hours for viewing, including specific times for presenters to stand by their posters and discuss them with participants.

* Thematic poster sessions (April 19, 20, 21) are comprised of 4-6 posters that share a common theme or focus. Each poster will be displayed on a 4 x 8 foot poster board. Thematic poster sessions are 90 minutes in length. This timeframe includes 30 minutes for participants to view the posters, 5-7 minutes for an oral summary of each poster, and the remaining time for group discussion. An invited moderator facilitates discussion and encourages participants to raise questions and share experiences pertinent to themes raised by the posters.

* Informal Networking Opportunities occur throughout the conference – during breaks, over meals and receptions, while traveling to community site visits, etc.  We help to facilitate connections between participants through social media, sign up sheets, table tents and other ways.


Meet Our Plenary Speakers

Participatory Performance by El Teatro Lucha!  The conference will feature a plenary participatory performance by El Teatro Lucha de Salud del Barrio.  Click here to learn how this dynamic group is applying Paulo Freire’s philosophy of education and Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed to advance environmental justice in Texas.

Community Site Visits

Community site visits are an important and unique aspect of the CCPH conference and do not compete with other conference programming. Here's your chance to get out of the hotel and visit innovative community-campus partnerships in Houston!  Community site visits provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn in-depth from local partnerships by spending about three hours touring and talking with the partnership's major stakeholders. The site visits represent a variety of definitions of "community," "campus" and "partnership." We encourage conference participants to ask questions and engage in constructive dialogue with their site visit hosts about the meaning of these terms and other issues.


Seeking Student Volunteers

Student VolunteersWe have opportunities for students to volunteer during the conference dates of April 18-21, 2012.  You can choose to volunteer on one or multiple days.  Whatever day(s) you are willing to volunteer, you will be able to attend the conference for free that day (including breakfast and lunch)!  Typical volunteer assignments will be to serve as room monitors or note takers during sessions, prepare conference bags, or collect session evaluations.  To apply as a student conference volunteer, please click here.  If you have questions about serving as a student volunteer, please email us.


Special Events

Exhibit Hall. The conference exhibit hall provides participants with an opportunity to learn about important state, national & international organizations and programs

Poster & Exhibit Hall Reception. During the poster & exhibit hall reception, conference participants not only get to meet and talk informally with poster presenters and exhibitors, but they also have the chance to enter into a raffle for some very valuable prizes!

Presentation of the CCPH Annual Award. The CCPH Annual Award recognizes exemplary partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. The 10th CCPH Annual Award will be presented during the closing session of the conference.


Affiliate Meetings

If you are interested in holding a meeting in conjunction with the CCPH 15th Anniversary Conference, please email us with your request.

KomenSusan G. Komen for the Cure will be holding an affiliate meeting on Wednesday, April 18th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm for Komen affiliates attending the conference.

The Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Funders Interest Group (FIG) will be meeting from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18th in connection with the conference.  The CBPR FIG is a group of public and private funders in the U.S. and Canada that invest in CBPR as a strategy for advancing health equity and social justice.  For more information, email

Presentation Materials

Click here for presentation materials.




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