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Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Mary Hyde, Ph.D., Director, AmeriCorps/ORE

Panel Moderators:

Andrea Robles, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Manager, Office of Research and Evaluation

Melissa Gouge, Ph.D., Research Analyst, Office of Research and Evaluation/ AmeriCorps NCCC


Panel: Civic Engagement and Racial Equity


  • Anita Chikkatur, Carleton College & researcher, Brian Coleman 

  • Anjali Dutt, University of Cincinnati 

  • Jenna Cushing-Leubner, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 

  • Laura Wray-Lake, University of California, Los Angeles 

  • Matthew Hudson-Flege, Clemson University 

Panel Materials:

Day 1 Session 1 Video

Day 1 Session 1 Slides

Day 1 Session 1 Transcript


Panel: Civic Engagement and Environmental Stewardship


  • Carlos Vazquez Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, Humacao 

  • Suzanne Pritzker, Texas Southern University 

  • Jennifer Willett, University of Nevada & Jennifer Sims, Upward Bound with Youth Scientists: Vallabhi Shah, Alejandro Arriaga Medina, Dayan Valdez, and Rose Barajas 

  • Arthur Pressley, Drew University 

  • Penn Loh, Tufts University  

Panel Materials:

Day 1 Session 2 Video

Day 1 Session 2 Slides

Day 1 Session 2 Transcript


Panel: Civic Engagement and Pathways to Employment


  • Carlin Rafie, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University & Dr. Emily Zimmerman, Virginia Commonwealth University  

  • Sam Intrator, Smith College 

  • Jodi Benenson, University of Nebraska, Omaha & Noorya Hayat, Tufts University 

  • Laura Hanson Schlachter University of Wisconsin-Madison, 

  • Kimberly Bender, University of Denver 

Panel Materials:

Day 2 Session 1 Video

Day 2 Session 1 Slides

Day 2 Session 1 Transcript


Panel: Incubators for Civic Engagement


  • Brad Fulton, Indiana University 

  • Carol Cutler White, Mississippi State University 

  • Mary Ohmer, University of Pittsburgh with researchers Donnell Pearl and Katie Holler 

  • Rebecca Nesbit, University of Georgia 

  • Jim Witte, George Mason University 

Panel Materials:

Day 2 Session 2 Video

Day 2 Session 2 Slides

Day 2 Session 2 Transcript


Panel: Rising Up to the Challenge Civic Engagement in the Time of COVID


  • Dawn Jackman Murphy, Fielding Graduate University 

  • Ayana Allen-Handy & Rachel Wenrick, Drexel University 

  • Marisol Clark-Ibanez, California State University, San Marcos 

  • Maren King, State University of New York-ESF  

Panel Materials:

Day 3 Session 1 Video

Day 3 Session 1 Slides

Day 3 Session 1 Transcript


Panel: Mobilizing and Managing Volunteers for Positive Community Change


  • Peter Levine & Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Tufts University 

  • Mark Hager, Arizona State University 

  • Pamela Paxton, University of Texas at Austin 

  • Jennifer Crittenden, University of Maine 

Panel Materials:

Day 3 Session 2 Video

Day 3 Session 2 Slides

Day 3 Session 2 Transcript


Event Description:

The AmeriCorps Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE)  hosted the three-day virtual 2021 Research Grantee Dialogue, where grantees shared with internal audiences how their programs impacted communities across the country and align with key social priorities from the Biden-Harris administration

This year’s format included six 1-hour and 30-minute panels comprised of research grantees. Each of the following sessions focused on a specific topic and include an open discussion with breakout groups and report-out sessions with panelists’ feedback:

  • Civic Engagement and Racial Equity
  • Civic Engagement and Environmental Stewardship 
  • Civic Engagement and Pathways to Employment
  • Incubators for Civic Engagement
  • Rising Up to the Challenge: Civic Engagement in the Time of COVID
  • Mobilizing and Managing Volunteers for Positive Community Change 

Closing Remarks: Mary Hyde, Ph.D., Director, AmeriCorps/ORE

Webinar Date

June 8, 2021 - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone)