Notes on Community Engagement, Leadership, and Social Change

Notes on Community Engagement, Leadership, and Social Change


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This presentation focuses on the potential of the residential college model to extend the place-based learning ethos of Landscape Architecture beyond the discipline. Drawing on previous scholarship examining the intersection between community engagement and engaged scholarship, this work assesses the shared values of the place-based education model within Landscape Architecture and the residential college model to understand the contours, and potential, of transformative and immersive learning experiences. Fusing place-based education into a residential college model has the potential to empower student learning, faculty teaching, and research, and importantly positions students to develop critical capacities in leadership and social change.

Dr. C.L. Bohannon is the Associate Director of the School of Architecture + Design, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture and Faculty Principal of the Leadership and Social Change Residential College at Virginia Tech. Dr. Bohannon’s research focuses on the relationship between community engagement and design education, primarily through design for social and environmental justice. Through his research, Dr. Bohannon works in the landscape context of community history and identity, social/environmental (in)justice, and community learning. His research has led to contributions to the theorization and application of community engagement in design education. Dr. Bohannon teaches courses on community-engaged design research, design research methods, contemporary research topics in landscape architecture, and seeing, understanding & representing landscapes.


Utah State University

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residential college model, Landscape Architecture, Community Engagement, Leadership


Landscape Architecture | Leadership Studies | Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Notes on Community Engagement, Leadership, and Social Change