May 22nd to 23rd, 2019

Engage for Change is a regional conference that connects local community engagement practitioners​, including ​faculty, students,​ and​ community organizations​. The aim is to share​ best practices​ across institutions ​and​ methods for advancing this work in the Capital Region. This year, the theme for this conference is, "Mobilizing Campuses and Communities."  


​We welcome presentations in the following areas:

  • Hands-on demonstrations of teaching techniques
  • Presentations on community engaged classes and research
  • Best practices in community-university partnerships
  • Roundtable discussions on campus/community strategies

For more information contact Dr. Ruth Kassel at or 518-782-6951.

Thank you to our conference sponsors, Campus Compact of New York and Pennsylvania and SEFCU.

Registration coming soon!

We are currently accepting workshop proposals through March 1, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 15, 2019.


Academic/Community Research Partnerships: Practical Strategies for Real Change

May 22, 2019

Join us for a pre-conference session on participatory research led by Sonya Hauser (Sage College), Christine Bozlak (University at Albany), and Janine Jurkowski (University at Albany). Learn more about the facilitators here. 

It is rare for academics and community members to have formal training in how to partner with each other to address societal challenges. This preconference workshop for communities and researchers will explain community-engaged research, discuss the levels of community engagement to help partners clarify expectations and provide best practices for successful academic/community partnerships. The benefits and pitfalls to implementation of community-engaged research will be examined. The workshop will include an interactive session on how to get started. 

Conference Program

Engage for Change: Mobilizing Campuses and Communities

May 23, 2019:
8:00am-9:00am  |  Breakfast Keynote
9:00am-9:45am  |  Workshop Block 1
10:00am-10:45am  |  Workshop Block 2
11:00am-11:45am  |  Workshop Block 3
12:00pm-1:15pm  |  Lunch Keynote
1:30pm-4:00pm  |  Wicked Problems Discussions

Wicked Problem Sessions & Partners:
    Housing as an Indicator of Health (TRIP)
    Workforce Development & the Creative Sector (Electric City Barn)
    Voting Access & Voter Rights (TBD)
    Vibrant & Sustainable Communities (TBD)


No parking pass is required for conference participants. Engage for Change sessions will be in the Sarazen Student Union (SSU) and Siena Hall. Parking is available at the front of campus in Lots M and N.