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Byron White, VP for University Engagement at Cleveland State to give Saturday Plenary at #ADP12

Byron White

Byron White

Byron P. White, Ed.D. is Vice President for University Engagement at Cleveland State University where he is responsible for developing strategic plans for community engagement to enhance CSU’s numerous partnerships. Before joining CSU in February 2012, White was Vice Chancellor for Economic Advancement for the Ohio Board of Regents. He previously was Associate Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University in Cincinnati and founding executive director of the university’s Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning. A former editorial page editor of The Cincinnati Post, White also served as editor of the Chicago Tribune’s Urban Affairs Team and a writer on the Tribune’s editorial board. He later became the newspaper’s senior manager of community relations.

White has directed and worked with community-based organizations in Cincinnati and Chicago often in conjunction with the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University, on whose faculty he serves. He also continues to serve as a Senior Fellow for the Community Building Institute at Xavier University, and a Research Associate at the Kettering Foundation. White has a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.

White’s keynote address is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 9:

PLENARY SESSION: Community Strengths, Assets and Other Ideas We Don’t Really Believe
Language about community strengths and assets is present in nearly every grant proposal, statement of purpose and presentation related to university-community engagement: “We will build on the strengths and assets of the community.” And yet, in the implementation of our engagement efforts, the community’s assets are more an afterthought than the substance of the work. The dominant framework for engagement continues to view the community as deficient and in need of fixing, and residents as clients rather than producers. Byron White will address why our rhetoric and convictions so often fall short of our practice, and what can we do to walk our talk.
Presenter: Byron P. White, Vice President for University Engagement, Cleveland State University (Ohio)

To learn more about Byron White, read this article from the CSU student newspaper, The Cauldron.

Register for the conference here.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. The session with Byron White sounds wonderful. We don’t write about “the devil in the details” enough, meaning no matter how theoretically committed we are to work with community, not in, for, or on community, it takes something to walk that walk in the context of the university constraints — true partnership remains a rich inquiry and exploration for how much we really can accomplish together.


    May 1, 2012
  2. Thank you for your comment, Judy! We’re excited to hear Byron White’s thoughts on meaningful university-community partnerships.


    May 1, 2012

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