Research shows that global and public health students benefit from hands-on, community-engaged learning experiences. Partner benefits — on the other hand — are less prominent in the literature, though evidence suggests that engagement brings both value and burden for partner organizations. Community-engaged learning opportunities can be designed and implemented for mutual benefit, but it takes planning and resources that aren’t always available.
This grant supported travel for a roundtable at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health annual conference, where faculty and practitioners discussed the virtues and challenges of engaged learning for student, partner and faculty development and for global and public health impact. They also brainstormed strategies for making partner benefits as prominent as student growth and faculty advancement.