The Office of Community Engagement at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service recently hosted two alumni-led workshops at Sturgis Hall.
The recent workshops are the first in a series that utilizes the vast array of skills and talents of Clinton School alumni as resources for the school’s students and community partners.
“The Clinton School has a plethora of talented alumni working in many sectors all over the world,” Director of Local Programs and Regional Outreach Hilary Trudell said. “We thought, ‘Why not bring those resources to our community partners?’ It’s a great way to continue to engage our graduates while offering development opportunities to our network here in Little Rock.”
The first workshop was led by Cory Biggs, a Class 5 alum and current Associate Director at ForwARd Arkansas. Biggs’ workshop, “Creating Strategic Partnerships,” showed students how to refine their work field, strategically approach potential partners, engage in meaningful collaboration, and develop and maintain a broad base of support.
The second workshop, “Impact Reporting,” was led by Shenan Boit (Class 6) of ISOS Group. Students and community partners were taught how to align non-financial reports with users’ needs, showing how to highlight ways in which the public sector can maximize reporting features to expand the uses of Global Reporting Initiative’s Standards.
The next alumni-led workshop will be “Effective Communication in Program Management” and led by Jessie Rice, former Director of Academic Engagement at Peacework. The workshop is set for 2-4 p.m. on Friday, November 17.
Effective communication is a pillar for any organization in any sector. Small businesses and nonprofits, however, often have unique internal structures which make strong communication an essential practice. In this workshop, the facilitator will incorporate her work collaborating with organizations around the world to discuss successful internal and external strategies of communication.