2023 Collaborative Unconference: Reimagining the "Impact" in Impact-Focused Education

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 1:00pm - Friday, June 9, 2023 - 3:00pm
Lehigh University, Mountaintop Campus, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
United States

Engage with faculty, professional staff, and thought leaders to pose questions, gain insights, and form new networks. Develop pathways toward innovative best practices in the field of inquiry-driven, impact-focused higher education. Experience the historic and beautiful Mountaintop Campus at Lehigh University and interact with faculty-student teams working on an exciting array of interdisciplinary projects. A far departure from the tyranny of Powerpoint and the exhaustive (and exhausting) programming that dominates conventional conferences, the Unconference format allows for spontaneous networking, as well as structured and unstructured learning opportunities…in a beautiful setting with excellent camaraderie and creative conversations.

  • Connect and co-create with scholar-practitioners dedicated to advancing ethical, critical experiential and community-based learning and research for more just, inclusive, sustainable communities 

  • Consider, reaffirm, and reimagine best and promising practices in impact-focused education community-based global learning

  • Reimagining “impact” and what are the ethical, sustainable, just impacts on our selves, students, communities, and society

  • Learn from leading edge program models (like the Lehigh Global Social Impact Fellows), approaches to ethical engagement (like Fair Trade Learning), and assessment tools (like the Global Engagement Survey) to advance community-based, ethical engagement, at home and abroad

  • Apply insights and critical reflection to your own institution, context, and/or program model, workshopping with supportive colleagues

  • Experience and consider specific local spaces (for instance, Bethlehem), communities, and histories in the context of global and transnational thinking toward more just, inclusive, and sustainable futures