The Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network hosts a variety of events throughout the year to build community. Past workshops have focused on campus communications, social media, diversity and inclusion, working with K–12 audiences, and the Boulder County TRENDS Report.


October 7, 2019 • As part of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium national conference, this preconference workshop was hosted on the Boulder campus and provided 100 outreach and engagement professionals from across the country and from CU Boulder the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional development activities and small group discussions. Keynote speaker, Assistant Professor Cecilia Orphan from the University of Denver presented an interactive session titled, “Civic Health and Equity Project: Thoughts on the Framework.” The day-long workshop included a site visit to NCAR to learn about a university-community partnership around sustainability.

June 5, 2018 • This interactive workshop featured Bernard Amadei, distinguished professor of civil engineering, who founded Engineers without Borders in 2000. The event also included activities to help explore how to effectively grow an outreach program.

Workshop resources: Workshop PowerPoint, Bernard Amadei Presentation, Workshop Group Posters

June 17, 2016 • This full day professional development workshop for outreach and engagement staff included breakout sessions and featured keynote speaker, Timothy Eatman, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Syracuse University and Director for Research for Imagining America.

June 6, 2014 • Facilitated by Susan Harden and Katherine Loving, co-founders of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network, this workshop provided an opportunity for outreach and engagement university personnel to coalesce around their roles, skills, values, opportunities and challenges.

Professional Development

September 22-October 27, 2020 • A cohort of staff, faculty and community members participated in a virtual study group that examined racial justice and antiracism through discussions around Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to Be An Antiracist” that focused on ways to incorporate what was learned into community-engaged practices. The Sept. 29 session featured social justice consultant Parker McMullen Bushman discussing, “It’s Not Enough to Be a Nice Person: Understanding the Meaning of Antiracism.”

January 28, 2020 • Chris Barge, the Community Foundation Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, shared the Boulder County TRENDS report to create a better understanding of the social, economic and environmental issues and needs of the Boulder community. The OEPN partnered with Career Services to host this presentation.

November 29, 2018 • This workshop provided tips and best practices for submitting a conference proposal and for creating a dynamic presentation or successful poster. Panelists included the 2019 ESC conference planner, Ashley Stokes from Colorado State University, Morgan Seamont from the TRANSforming Gender Conference, and CU Boulder OEPN members.

March 22, 2018 • Matt Duncan, Academic Digital Engagement Strategist with Strategic Relations, and Sue Postema Scheeres, Outreach Communications Manager with the Office for Outreach and Engagement, talked about how to effectively use communications tools and targeted messaging to share your outreach work with audiences.

Brown bag resources: Outreach Messaging that Reaches Out Presentation, CU Boulder Media Relations, Campus Communications Resources.

November 1, 2017 • Christine Macdonald, a senior instructor in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric, shared the basics of academic grant writing, including how to frame grant requests according to the funder's priorities and define commonplace grant terms.

Brown bag resources: Grant Writing Funding Resources and Support

February 23, 2017 • A panel of campus experts shared their field experience in preparing meaningful outreach programs as part of the Diversity Summit. Participants gained tools to strengthen their own outreach and engagement work with diverse communities. Panelist included:

  • Beth Osnes, Associate Professor of Theatre, Young Women's Vocal Empowerment
  • Hannah Wilks, Director, Volunteer Resource Center
  • Nicole Speer, Director of Operations for Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium, Promoting Brain Development and Health through Neuroscience Education
  • Satya Chavez, Teaching Artist, Shakespeare and Violence Prevention
  • Moderator: Roudy Hildreth, CU Engage Associate Director, Center for Community-Based Learning and Research (CU Engage)

November 8, 2016 • Assistant Professor Gesel Mason, Department of Theatre and Dance, presented this session as part of the Diversity Summit, explored what it means to incorporate diversity and inclusivity in the community programs staff help to coordinate and support as outreach and engagement professionals.

    April 14, 2016 • Boulder City Councilwoman Mary Young shared the Boulder County TRENDS report to create a better understanding of the social, economic and environmental issues and needs of the Boulder community.

    October 22, 2015 • Matt Duncan, Director of Digital Engagement and Social Media, and Melissa Cech, Campus Social Media Manager, shared information about the campus social media strategy and best practices.

    April 23, 2015 • Anne Heinz, Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement, shared the Flagship 2030 strategic plan for outreach and engagement and the future Center for Academic Success and Engagement.

    January 9, 2015 • Communications specialists from Strategic Relations, Arts & Sciences and the Office for Outreach and Engagement shared resources and best practices for campus communication channels.

    Networking Events

    June 20, 2019 • Outreach and engagement professionals from across campus spent time networking by participating in table topic discussions that included leveraging community partnerships; inclusion, diversity, and equity; engagement with K-12 audiences; avoiding burnout and keeping the momentum going; Communication, social media, campus resources; and working with underserved and rural communities.

    August 6, 2018 • The carnival themed summer social offered the chance to network with other outreach professionals from across campus while participating in team building games and activities.

    June 22, 2017 • An afternoon of bowling, pizza, ice cream, prizes and networking fun!

    January 7, 2016 • Campus programs participated in ignite style talks to share information about their outreach and engagement work.

    June 18, 2015 • An afternoon of ice cream, bingo, prizes and networking fun!