Dear MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students:

University Outreach and Engagement is delighted to announce the launch of a
new faculty learning community (FLC), *Managing Complex Social and
Environmental Problems through Collaborative and Systemic Approaches to
Inquiry and Action.*

The focus of this learning community will be on effective approaches to
working with communities to resolve complex social and environmental
problems. Our experience suggests that effective approaches combine two key
orientations: (1) collaborative approaches to inquiry and action (e.g.,
participatory action research, community-based participatory research, and
participatory evaluation) and (2) systemic approaches to conceptualizing
and representing complex problems (e.g., system dynamics modeling and soft
systems methodology). A key concern of this learning community will be how
universities can form partnerships with communities to pursue collaborative
and systemic approaches to tackling complex community-identified problems.

The format for this meeting will be primarily reading and discussion. Each
month we will read and discuss materials proposed by learning community
members or facilitators within the areas described above.

Meetings will occur once a month from 12:00 to 1:30 pm on the third
Thursday of the month in room 6 of the Kellogg Center. The first meeting
will be on *September 18, 2014*. Parking passes will be available. Since we
are meeting over the lunch hour, participants are invited to bring their

For more information about this learning community or to enroll, please

Miles McNall, Ph.D.

Director, Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative

University Outreach and Engagement

Michigan State University

Kellogg Center
219 S. Harrison Road Rm. 93
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-8977
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