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“Leading by Stepping Back: Building Community Partnerships that Actually Work”

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach to community building that focuses on discovering and mobilizing the assets that exist in every community. When we focus on what is already there—lift up and mobilize the gifts and talents of everyday people, and build and honor intentional and authentic relationships—we have the opportunity to begin asking new questions that can lead to sustainable and reciprocal community-centered change.  Ongoing and intentional application of ABCD makes our communities healthier, happier and safer for everyone.

Guided by two powerful speakers, Caitlin Childs and DeAmon Hodges, this interactive workshop will take participants through the basics of ABCD while offering practical tools that you can put into practice in your communities, schools and organizations. Choose one of the Part I workshops and consider signing up for Part II on Saturday afternoon for a more intensive training.

All students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community partners are welcome.

Register early; space is limited!

All sessions will be held in Cohn Hall 133. To facilitate richer conversations, we have reserved equal number of spots for students, employees and community partners.

Register now for the ABCD Workshop

Community partners who are interested in attending this workshop may register here.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 7th

Part I (Option I): 4 - 7 PM

Saturday, October 8th

Part I (Option II): 10 AM - 1 PM

Lunch for all participants (with RSVP): 1 - 2 PM

Part II: 2 - 5 PM


This event is co-sponsored by Campus Ministrythe Center for Community, Service, and Justice, and the Messina Program.