Virtual kick-off for the Engaged Practitioners Network

Virtual kick-off for the Engaged Practitioners Network

On November 6, the Office of Outreach and Engagement hosted the virtual kick-off meeting of the Engaged Practitioners Network. The goal of the network is to create a community of practice for staff in outreach and engagement spaces, through amplifying collaborations, sharing best practices and increasing professional development opportunities.

"We are excited to provide a space for outreach and engagement practitioners to come together to think intentionally about community issues," said Nicole Nieto, assistant vice provost for Outreach and Engagement. "Our goal is to increase collaborations and provide networks for staff. It is through this community of practice that we hope to leverage resources and create positive impact."

With close to 60 individuals attending virtually, a space was provided for networking and conversation. Participants were part of small group conversations focused on challenges to outreach work, what excites them about this work and how they can best be supported by this network.

"The Engaged Practitioners Network meeting offered a way of connecting with others in the university that didn't feel forced. In fact, it felt welcoming and easy, which is hard to do in general, but especially in a virtual environment," said Kim Winslow, program manager of integration for the Knowledge Exchange in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. "I look forward to what this platform will do for lifting up engagement throughout our university."

The next virtual meeting will be Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. You can register here.

For more information, contact Assistant Vice Provost Nicole Nieto at