Past Meetings

MKMN – Spring 2018, Notre Dame, IN

Hosted by Notre Dame University, Center for Social Concerns


Local to global:
The challenge of translating research and mobilizing community knowledge

Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame

Please join us for three hours of conversation, food, and camaraderie on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm  For the first time, the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame will be the site of the gathering of the Midwest Knowledge Mobilization Network (MKMN) as a pre-conference session before the Global Service Learning (GSL) Summit 2018.  We are pleased to host the colleges and universities focused on co-creating and sharing knowledge for social change. GSL conference attendance is not required.

The event will include short presentations from two faculty at the University of Notre Dame, with an emphasis in both local and international cases on how academic and non-academic expertise is used in the co-creation of knowledge, and translated into practices or programs in communities. Opportunities for formal discussion and general networking will follow the presentations. A Brief MKMN business meeting in the last half-hour will include planning for our next Midwestern networking event.  Please use this link to RSVP for the lunch discussion by Monday, March 27, 2018.

MKMN Keynotes

Dr. Heidi Beidinger, Assistant Professional Specialist, UND will speak on lead contamination issues in South Bend.

Ann-Marie Conrado, Assistant Professor, Art, Art History and Design, will speak about her work developing partnerships between designers and artisans in Nepal, as well as partnerships with local agencies.

MKMN brings together interested community-based research, teaching & learning professionals in the Midwestern states with the goal of promoting and strengthening interdisciplinary structures in higher education institutions.  The network seeks to promote community engagement in higher education to address issues relevant to communities.


The MKMN gathering will precede the kickoff to the 5th Global Service Learning Summit (GSL5): Dignity & Justice in Global Service Learning on the University of Notre Dame campus.  If you are interested in attending both, the conference goes from April 15-17, 2018 and information is in the link above.

We hope you will join us! Please call Danielle Wood at 574-631-1442 or Mary Beckman 574-631-4172 with any questions.


                                                                     MKMN – Spring 2017, Chicago, IL

Hosted by Midwest Campus Compacts Conference

Our last meeting was a networking breakfast on June 7th in Chicago, IL at the 2017 Midwest Campus Compact Conference (room TBA)

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MKMN – Spring 2016, Milwaukee, WI

Hosted by Medical College of Wisconsin
April 19, 2016 at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI – For more information, email

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MKMN – Spring 2015, Chicago, IL

Hosted by DePaul University

MKMN participants met in Chicago at the Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning for a business and strategic planning meeting.



MKMN – Spring 2014, Chicago, IL

Hosted by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference

Midwest Knowledge Mobilization Network
April 30 @ CCPH Conference Chicago

Midwest Knowledge Mobilization Network meeting on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 in conjunction with the Community Campus Partnerships for Health Conference in Chicago, IL

This meeting brought together practitioners from across the Midwest to share experiences with developing knowledge mobilization structures to promote community-based learning and research. The meeting was helpful for new or experienced practitioners, by providing tools to develop knowledge mobilization tools and other relevant infrastructure to support community-university engagement.

A business meeting in the morning was followed by a pre-conference session on knowledge mobilization networks for the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health conference in Chicago on April 30, 2014.


MKMN – Fall 2013, Madison, WI

Hosted by University of Wisconsin, Madison

65 members attended the MKMN Fall Networking Meeting at UW-Madison hosted by the the Morgridge Center for Public Service


MKMN Fall 2013

Professor Phil Nyden and graduate students presented on their knowledge mobilization model at the Center for Urban Research & Learning at Loyola University Chicago.


MKMN Inaugural Meeting 2012 Chicago 

Hosted by Loyola University Chicago

MKMN’s inaugural meeting was held at the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola U-Chicago and highlighted the work of the Living Knowledge Network.

Keynote speaker, Norbert Steinhaus from the Bonn Science Shop and Coordinator of Living Knowledge, presented on the European Science Shop model.