Programs (5)

Jan 26

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Community Development and Community Well-Being:

Exploring Relational Frameworks and Constructs

April 21, 2022, 1PM Eastern Time

Rhonda Philips, Purdue University

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How happy are our communities? Community well-being (CWB) is gaining attention as an emerging construct for understanding the collective “wellness” of a city, town, or neighborhood. Many of the same aspects of CWB have long been a part of community development scholarship and practice. In this webinar, we will explore how Community Developers are putting these ideas into practice.

 

Empathy, Community, and Youth: A Critical Intersection for Research and Practice

March 21, 2022

Mark Brennan (Penn State) and Pat Dolan (National University of Ireland, Galway)

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The critical intersection of empathy and individual and community well-being is increasingly being recognized. Included is a large and diverse body of knowledge linking empathy to positive social, emotional, and ultimately community development and achievement. In this setting, youth are being recognized as vital players in these processes.  

This webinar seeks to: 1) bring together diverse scholarly literature to show the social and biophysical impacts of empathy on well-being at the individual and wider community level; 2) provide a conceptual understanding that links and continues empathy development from the childhood, through youth, and into adulthood for sustained community action and engagement; and 3) explore ways for continuing empathy development across the lifespan, linking these to purposive community building actions.  

 

Successful Disaster Recovery: Lessons in Re-Inventing a Small Town After a Tornado

February 25, 2022

Angela Denton (Pilger, NE); Milan Wall (Heartland Center); Kurt Mantonya (Nebraska Public Policy Center)

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This webinar explores community development responses to a devastating tornado in Pilger, Nebraska. Insights from this seminar are intended to help community leaders and Extension educators as they work in communities responding to devastating natural disasters.

Sponsored by UK Extension, CEDIK; The Community Development Society; and The Heartland Center, University of Nebraska.

Jan 26

CDS Members enjoy other informal programming opportunities, including professional networking, online discussion forums, etc. Members are also invited to engage in CDS leadership activities through committees and their working groups, as well as service on the Board of Directors.

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24 January 2022

Research Projects

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CDS seeks to advance its mission through research projects led by committee working groups and ad hoc committees:

  • Kellogg Diversity Initiative

  • Academic Accreditation

24 January 2022

Programs

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Through its programs, CDS advances its mission and is responsive its Members’ professional development needs. All CDS Members benefit from reduced program fees, as well as members-only programming and activities.

Annual Conferences

CDS hosts an annual conference on its own or in collaboration with partners like the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and the International Associations for Community Development (IACD). Presentations, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities are common offerings hosted by practitioners and scholars alike.

Webinars

As convening online has become easier and more popular, CDS offers professional development webinars.

Scholarships

The CDS Linda Sunde Endowment Fund was established by CDS members to provide a sustainable source of support to Members for conference participation, community development education, and community-engaged research projects. The number of scholarships and the amount awarded each year varies according to the funds available through investment growth in the previous year. The CDS Stewardship Committee makes these determinations under the guidance of the CDS Board Treasurer.

Awards

During its annual conference, the Community Development Society (CDS) has the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of its Members and colleagues through a variety of awards. We encourage anyone to recognize the work of their community development colleagues by submitting a nomination on their behalf.

Research Projects

CDS seeks to advance its mission through research projects led by committee working groups and ad hoc committees.

Member-Only Programs

CDS Members enjoy other informal programming opportunities, including professional networking, online discussion forums, etc. Members are also invited to engage in CDS leadership activities through committees and their working groups, as well as service on the Board of Directors.

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A Proposal to Strengthen the Linkages among Community Development Scholars and Practitioners

The following is an excerpt from the Kellogg Diversity Final Report, the full report is available here as a PDF.

INTRODUCTION:

During the past three years the Community Development Society (CDS) has undertaken a broad and ambitious campaign to address a variety of diversity issues that directly affect the Society as an organization, and the field of community development in general. This campaign has been funded mainly with grant funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and has been primarily carried out through the efforts of volunteers with some backup from paid consultants. The journey undertaken by CDS has come to be known as the CDS Kellogg Diversity Initiative. The previous two Progress Reports to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation set the context for the Diversity Initiative, outlined the goals that it hoped to accomplish, and reported on the various activities that were key elements in the strategies employed by CDS to reach Diversity Initiative goals. Because the CDS Kellogg Diversity Initiative was both ambitious in what it hoped to accomplish, and complex in the variety and mix of strategies it employed, the Year 1 and 2 Progress Reports provided important background for those seeking to understand this important work in progress. In this, the third and final Progress Report, the emphasis will be less on reporting what happened during Year 3, and more on analyzing the cumulative impacts of the Diversity Initiative on the CDS organization, and to a lesser extent, on the field of Community Development as a whole.

GENERAL PROJECT BACKGROUND:

In April of 1998, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a grant to the Community Development Society (CDS) to “increase the diversity of membership in this professional organization and strengthen the linkages among community development scholars and practitioners throughout the United States.” CDS, founded in 1969, is a professional association of community developers, researchers, practitioners, and citizen leaders who individually and collectively represent a variety of fields: education, health care, social services, government, utilities, citizen groups, and more. Because the organization is essentially run by volunteers, the Kellogg funding has enabled CDS to aggressively pursue two goals: (1) to increase awareness around diversity issues within the community development profession and (2) to develop initiatives that facilitate the inclusion of minority populations into the community development process and the Society.