The University of North Texas at Dallas will be hosting the 7th Annual Community Engagement Day on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 8:30am-3:30pm. Community Engagement Day seeks to strengthen the community by providing a space for non-profit organizations to come together and network with each other and members of the community. Last year, more than 100 members of the community came out to enjoy food, activities, and learning about local non-profit organizations.

 “Community Engagement Day is a great space for our community partners to come together to gain tools and resources on how to collaborate with each other and with UNT Dallas to increase the level of impact on the surrounding community,” said Sarah Davenport, Experiential Learning Project Coordinator.

 “It is also a great way to engage our students as we empower them to serve as facilitators throughout different sessions. This type of event is one of many examples to show our students how our campus is actively promoting collaboration and civic engagement to strengthen the community and transform lives.”

Dr. June Holley will be attending to discuss the role of Social Capital, Education, and Community Development. In addition, high school and college youth should participate at the table discussions to provide input and to highlight the value of youth adult partnerships.

About Dr. June Holley:

June has been weaving economic and community networks for more than 25 years. In 1981, she discovered complexity science and became intrigued with the process of transformation. How could communities change in ways that would make them good places for everyone?

With others in Appalachian Ohio, she catalyzed cascades of experimentation, observing and documenting the dynamics that enabled many hundreds of people to start and then expand businesses. With these entrepreneurs, she mobilized dozens of area organizations to collaborate, self-organize and create an environment that would help these businesses innovate and work together.

After twenty years as executive director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, she stepped down to devote her energies to helping communities around the globe form Smart Networks by training and supporting Network Weavers. She helped clients use Smart Network Analyzer social network mapping software to understand and enhance their networks. Her recent Smart Networks projects have involved communities, regions, statewide collaborations, healthcare and hospital systems, and national learning and innovation networks. She is highly regarded as a dynamic keynote speaker and has led hundreds of interactive workshops.

For more information on Community Engagement Day contact sarah.davenport@untdallas.edu