Dear friends, 

Many of you are probably spending much deserved time with loved ones over the holiday; so we’ll keep this week’s Bringing It short. 

Have a Look at Our Summer Newsletter

Three times a year we publish a newsletter on issues intimately tied to both our mission and the higher education landscape. These newsletters typically include a Feature piece, Campus Highlight, and Director’s column. Recently, we’ve made it our goal to also include a Student Perspective.

In our latest Bringing It, we asked if you were interested in developing a network of partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions.  The response was striking: we’ve received messages from twenty institutions so far, many describing curricular and pedagogical partnerships that are well underway.

Dear friends,

This number of Bringing It highlights important work from Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life, and it solicits your interest (in a potential project) and ideas (for conference programming).  But we begin with some terrific news...

BTtoP Awarded $800,000 Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Launch the Partnerships for Listening and Action (PLACE) Collaboratory Initiative

Position Type: Part time term employee (20 hours/week), with benefits
Deadline to apply: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Anticipated Start Date: Early August, 2019

Washington, DC—June 19, 2019—The Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) project is pleased to announce the launch of a multi-campus collaborative initiative (a “collaboratory”) titled Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE). The project is supported by a two-year, $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), which serves as the host and partner to BTtoP.

Dear friends,

In this number of Bringing It, we begin and end with two “asks”: a call for participation aimed at educators from two- and four-year institutions and an invitation to write aimed at students.  And in between, we salute the leadership of our colleagues at George Mason University for their work on student and campus well-being. Enjoy.

Call to Participate: A New Initiative on Two-Year, Four-Year Partnerships

Dear friends,

As you know, we like to highlight the important, innovative work of our partners.  In this number of Bringing It, we share announcements from three partners, describing exciting initiatives that you are invited to take part in. These involve goals and values near and dear to the purposes of BTtoP: student health and well-being, engaged learning for underserved students, and civic engagement. Please explore and join in!

The 20X30 Transformathon (June 13)

Dear friends,

This week’s Bringing It focuses on the work of a practitioner community, partner organizations, and a leadership network. We are excited to lift up all of their achievements.

Grantee Spotlight: Virginia Commonwealth University

Dear friends,  

We’re delighted this week to announce our four initial AMP Grant awardees. You may remember that AMP Grants are available to institutions that have already received funding from BTtoP for activities that amplify, disseminate, and increase the public reach of their previous work. The grants range from $500 to $3000, and they are awarded on a rolling basis. (Here is the RFP for the AMP Grants, with detailed descriptions of the activities they can support.)

Dear friends,

As you know, we’ve been working hard to build BTtoP’s community of practice, through our grants, workshops, collaboratories—and celebrating the work of members of our community. Today we are lifting a great project and an acclaimed book: the Interact-to-Innovate initiative at the University of Houston Downtown and Jonathan Metzl’s Dying of Whiteness.  

What We’re Learning from Our Partners: The University of Houston Downtown’s Interact-to-Innovate Initiative