Rise and Thrive – Facilitating Community Change: Translating Campus Community Partnerships to Broader Community Work (Virtual)

This training will provide a background on boundary spanning, lessons learned for how universities can create stronger policies and systems to support boundary spanners, and a practical application of how campus community partnerships can be translated into the community. Through research and community experience, attendees will learn tips and tricks on how to best engage community partners to create community change.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what boundary spanning is and how universities can better support these staff
  • Explore broader application of campus community partnerships
  • Gain tools on how to better engage community partners

Featured Speaker:

Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer SkolaskiJennifer Skolaski, Ph.D., is the owner of Community & Nonprofit Leadership Consulting, LLC (www.canpl.com) She has been involved with a variety of nonprofits including organizations and collaborations that focus on environment, education, health care, safety, youth, domestic violence, substance use, and poverty.

Jennifer has taught at both University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, and the Department of Public Administration, as well as in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay department of Public and Environmental Affairs. In her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jennifer completed her dissertation research on boundaries spanning in higher education and her master’s thesis on college student interest in going into nonprofit careers. She has played various roles in nonprofits over the years from staff member, board member, intern, to volunteer. These experiences have inspired her to continue working in the nonprofit sector to bring results through working collaborations and making an impact in the community.

Since 2018, Jennifer has facilitated the Winnebago County Overdose Fatality Review which is a multidisciplinary team that works to prevent overdose deaths through systems change and collective impact work. She continuously looks for opportunities that use her skills, strengthens her personally and professionally, and strives to meet her life goal of making a difference in our communities.