Community/BGSU partnerships celebrated at conference

“Sustainable Communities, Powerful Partnerships” is the theme of the 2006 conference and grant launch sponsored by Partnerships for Community Action and the Center for Innovative and Transformative Education.

The 2005 grant recipients will discuss their projects during the campus-community conference, to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This year’s partnership grant winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. during lunch, which runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom.

PCA/CITE partnerships team University faculty or staff and students with community members on projects of mutual benefit, especially in the areas of educational opportunity, economic development, health and well-being and cultural awareness.

The 14 innovative ventures from last year included teaching recovering addicts to pursue healthy leisure activities, improving junior high school students’ literacy by having them write and share books with residents of an assisted-living facility, and engaging Toledo youth and adults in a community garden, with an emphasis on environmental stewardship, nutrition and culinary arts.

Also during the conference, Da Colored Gurlz Collective, a Toledo theatre troupe, will give two performances. The first, from 1:30-3 p.m. in 202 Union, is titled “It’s All Connected—Building Partnerships Across Issues of Difference.” The second, from 4:30-6 p.m. in 201 Union, is “The Histories—Celebrating Black History Month.”

All events are free and open to the public. To register, call 2-9624 or email
February 6, 2006