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Leadership Lecture – “Listening to the People: Assessing Community Readiness for Collective Action”

October 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$5 – $20

October 17, 2019
6:30 p.m.
UA Little Rock Downtown Center

Listening to the People: Assessing Community Readiness for Collective Action
Christina Standerfer (Ph.D., University of Colorado), Professor Emerita, is former Faculty Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Standerfer has over 20 years of experience developing and presenting workshops, research, and reports on volunteer recruitment, community capacity building, networking, and effective communication skills. She has collaborated with over 30 nonprofit and governmental organizations designing workshops and community meetings; facilitated more than 20 community meetings on issues of homeless populations, racial and ethnic tensions, immigration, and building healthy communities; and produced and delivered more than 20 written reports to nonprofit and governmental agencies related to need assessments, evaluations, and recommendations. In addition, she has published articles on nonprofit accountability, the changing nature of civil society, and the importance of understanding the role of public discourse in facilitating social justice.
Standerfer’s most current work focuses on ways to curb rising rates of diabetes. She has been awarded grants from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Kettering Foundation to conduct focus groups, interviews, and round table discussions with a wide variety of stakeholders, including community members, health care providers, and policy makers, in order to gather and synthesize diverse perceptions of the disease and ways to best address it.

Standerfer’s leadership lecture will focus on the use of citizen involvement in shaping policies and processes that affect everyday life and are paramount to a vibrant democracy. This talk focuses on the need of scholars and practitioners to understand and assess community readiness for action, in order to set realistic expectations concerning the efficacy of communication methods used to engage them.

Using analysis of qualitative and quantitative data gathered from over 20 communities across Arkansas, Standerfer will present a matrix of factors to be considered to assess community readiness for collective action. She will also discuss a model of progressive steps for community readiness for action to determine appropriate communication methods for engaging a community.

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