Pathways to Impact Symposium Series
Please join us for an informative networking opportunity with community partners, Native and Indigenous organizations, civic organizations, and members of the UArizona community. Presenters will showcase productive institutional engagement and research collaborations while highlighting tools and preferred practices that support them. At the event, you will have the opportunity to connect with campus, local, and regional partners. UArizona values collaborations where the University and community engage as equal partners in all steps of the research, teaching, and engagement processes with the goals of educating, improving practice, and bringing about social change.
This event will take place March 21, 2024, 2:00-4:30 PM in Bear Down Gym.
View the Community University Report that will be highlighted at this event here.
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Join or Request a Workshop
The following workshops, trainings, and presentations may be scheduled upon request for groups, departments or colleges.
Please complete this request form to schedule. (link to request form)
Broadening Participation in Research: One way to address the NSF’s Broader Impacts requirement is through activities that focus on what the NSF refers to as broadening participation. Broadening participation activities expand efforts to increase participation from underrepresented groups (women, people historically excluded from research because of race or ethnicity, people with disabilities) and diverse institutions, such as HSIs, HBCUs and Tribal Colleges, throughout the US. This workshop will explore why this is a priority for NSF and how to plan evidence-based strategies and activities designed to broaden participation
Building Broader Impacts Partnerships: Developing and implementing successful Broader Impacts (BI) activities is often dependent on identifying the right partner(s) and establishing a productive collaborative. But how do you find a "just right" BI partner? What are the elements of a successful partnership? How can you ensure that the relationship is mutually beneficial for both members of the partnership? These and other questions will be answered in this interactive workshop.
Collaborative Project Management: We offer Collaborative Project Management workshops for multi-disciplinary or multi-institutional teams. Facilitated discussions work to 1) align personal, departmental or institutional, and project goals, and 2) coordinate diverse professional cultures through collaborative timelines and team protocols. Discussions also aim to clarify project scope and responsibilities, and identify potential risks to the project and risks to team cohesion. Join us for a scheduled workshop, or contact us if you would like to include this workshop in your project kick-off or team retreat.
Developing your Broader Impacts Identity: Most researchers are comfortable thinking about and discussing their research identity — who they are as researchers and what contributions they hope to make to their discipline through their research over the course of their careers. It is far less common, however, for researchers to think about their impact identity — the lasting impacts they aspire to have on their community and on society, as a whole, through their broader impacts work. By developing your impact identity, you no longer have to view each new proposal’s broader impacts statement as a ‘one-off’ activity, starting from scratch each time, but instead an ongoing, graduated approach that continues to build on previous work toward your overarching societal impact goals.
This interactive workshop will introduce the concept of a broader impacts identity and walk investigators through a process for starting to define BI identity. While any researcher is likely to benefit from this workshop, it is particularly relevant to early-career researchers (as well as to broader impacts professionals who work with researchers and can play a crucial role in helping them develop their BI identities).
Evaluating Broader Impacts Activities: All NSF proposals must not only have a broader impacts component, but a well-articulated plan for evaluating the broader impacts activities that are being proposed. This can present a challenge for investigators who are not trained in program evaluation. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the basics of program evaluation and connect participants with some tools and resources to help them get started.
Inclusive Mentor Training: The University of Arizona’s College of Education and the STEM Learning Center in partnership with Pima Community College (PCC) launched a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded S-STEM Project, “Bridging Faculty and Student Cultures: Culturally Responsive Support for STEM Students Transferring between Two- and Four-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions”.
The project team selects faculty members who are teaching or conducting research in STEM fields to serve as faculty mentors while earning a stipend and gaining professional development on mentoring in an inclusive, asset-based manner. Due to grant restrictions, eligible STEM fields for this initiative included: biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematical sciences, computer and information sciences, geosciences-related, and engineering.
Website for more information: https://stem.arizona.edu/nsf-s-stem-grant
Past Societal Impact Workshops and Resources
Thank you for participating in the STEM Equity Mixer on Wednesday, December 6th in ENR2. We appreciate your time and your input to the AAAS SEA Change initiative. It was encouraging to hear from so many campus and community members with ideas to drive change at UArizona. We have compiled your suggestions into the attached report (please hyperlink the attached report here) and will incorporate these ideas in the application as appropriate. Please use this link to contribute more suggestions we can incorporate into the report: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/4af39622680f439e9757ca9da0ab236e
Event Description: The STEM Equity Mixer, a pivotal event where we aim to identify key areas to drive inclusivity and equity in STEM. UAZ has joined AAAS’s SEA Change program, which strives to make DEI in STEMM normative and inextricably linked to excellence. We will share additional information about the process and intended outcomes of the SEA Change initiative, engage in dynamic discussions, and form collaborative working groups that will develop UA's strategic plan to effect sustainable change to our campus's STEMM culture.
If you are a champion for equitable STEM, join us to hear how you can contribute!
Thank you for joining “Pathways to Impact” Symposium. See below for resources.
Event Description: We'll explore how UArizona initiatives bridge the gap between university systems and the student experience, fostering interest, persistence, and inclusivity in STEM education. Hear data insights about undergraduate STEM equity at UA and learn about our culturally responsive trainings for STEM faculty, staff, and peer mentors, where we emphasize the significance of scaling research-based practices through programs like ASEMS, CREAR, and Catapult. Our success story is written in the pages of partnerships, co-investing with students, and improving our systems based on feedback
Kimberly Sierras-Cajas - Senior Director, Undergraduate Research & Inquiry, Division of Research, Innovation and Impact, University of Arizona
Lola Rodríguez-Vargas - Director, Societal Impact Group CREAR, Division of Research, Innovation and Impact, University of Arizona
Jenni Batchelder - Director, ASEMS, University of Arizona
Noel Hennessey - Director, ENGAGED (ENGineering Access, Greater Equity, and Diversity), University of Arizona
Introduction by: Jennifer Fields - Executive Director, Office of Societal Impact, Division of Research, Innovation and Impact, University of Arizona
Watch YouTube recording here
Date and Time: November 16th, 2023 11:30 pm -1:30 pm
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ORIGINS: Fossils for Possible Futures
Monday, October 16, 2:00-4:00pm
In this workshop, participants will create fossils speculatively representing organisms from imagined worlds. Read more.
FUTURES: Sculpting the Unknown
Tuesday, October 17, 2:00-4:00pm - UA Students only
This workshop will explore a novel methodology for transdisciplinary exchange using sculpture as a common language for playful intellectual exploration. Read more.
HETEROGENEITY: The Values of Nature
Wednesday, October 18, 2:00-4:30pm
This workshop will explore lessons in righteousness to be learned from creatures of the Sonoran Desert, providing a space for creative expression of the more-than-humane. Read more.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, October 24, 2:00-5:00pm
Schedule of presentation HERE
Schedule - Gallery Talks , October 24
2:00-2:30 “100-Year Photography: From Today to the Future” (Hai Ren)
How can art enact discussions of the future in rural China?
2:30-2:45 “Dear Body of Water: A Poetic Water-Harvesting Project” (Gretchen Henderson)
How might we cultivate care for overlooked ecologies including bodies of water, both far afield and right where we are?
2:45-3:00 “The Wonder Studio” (Nicole Antebi, Aaron Bugaj, Betsy Arnold)
Can moving images and imaging systems offer a platform for investigating the connections between artistic expression and scientific study?
3:00-3:30 “America's Health: Welcome to the Game” (Yuri Makino, Christine Ryan
How do community-based healthcare models transform our sick care system into an affordable, accessible and high-quality model?
4:00-4:30 “Documenting Resilience in Tucson’s Southside” (Selina Barajas, Jacqueline Barrios,
Meg Jackson Fox, Kenny Wong)
How does Tucson’s Southside envision resilience?
3:30-4:00 “The Nature of Change: Experiments in Societal Transformation Through Environmental Art (Carissa DiCindio, Jonathon Keats, Jenna Green)
How can artistic practices engage communities with local ecology in Tucson?
4:30-5:00 “Southwest Field Studies in Writing” (Susan Briante, Francisco Cantú)
How can university/nonprofit partnerships empower writers and artists to engage in reciprocal learning in the borderlands?”
Reception: Tuesday, October 24, 5:00-7:00pm
Join the artists and celebrate the Art Research Integration project.
Increasingly, researchers are becoming more intentional about the impact that their research can have on society, beyond traditional disciplinary measures. In this online seminar, we will introduce some of the distinct types of impact plans that federal funding agencies are now requiring in their solicitations and provide tips and tools for successfully addressing these elements in your proposal. We will also describe frameworks that researchers and institutions can use to document and describe the societal impact of their funded projects, including results from a pilot project conducted by the University of Arizona.
Our special guest, Susan Renoe, will discuss the evolution and current state of broader impacts in the National Science Foundation and highlight the resources available through the NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS).
Jen Fields - Executive Director, Office of Societal Impact, Division of Research, Innovation and Impact, University of Arizona
Michelle Higgins - Associate Director, Office of Societal Impact, Division of Research, Innovation and Impact, University of Arizona
Alison Meadow - Associate Research Professor, Office of Societal Impact, Division of Research, Innovation and Impact, University of Arizona
Gigi Owen - Research Scientist, Climate Assessment for the Southwest, Arizona Institute for Resilience, University of Arizona
Susan Dixon Renoe, Ph.D. - Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development & Strategic Partnerships, Division of Research, Innovation and Impact and Office of Extension and Engagement, University of Missouri
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Understanding Your Impact: Evaluating and Demonstrating Broader and Societal Impacts of Research
Participants will better understand he roll of project valuation in research impact and be provided with tools to develop impact evaluation plans tailored to their research goals. We will introduce standard evaluation tools such as logic models, as well as innovative frameworks for understanding and articulating how your research is used in society.
Original Host Date: September 20th, 2022
Community Engagement and Collaboration: Building Strong Community Partnerships Through Research
Participants will learn about best practices and considerations for community engaged research projects; the basics of successful collaborative project management; and strategies for building sustained partnerships that help projects thrive now and into the future.
Original Host Date: August 17th, 2022
Exploring Broader and Societal Impacts of Research Workshop
Participants will be introduced to broader impact of research and how to integrate impact more purposefully into research projects; a range of impact categories recognized by funders, including those specific to NSF's review criteria; how to develop an impact CV to complement their research CV.
Original Host Date: August 11th, 2022