Setting Up Your Institution for a Community Partnership


Set up your institution to successfully develop community partnerships.  


As institutions intentionally diversify their student body and deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can seem like there are not enough resources to go around. Students from historically marginalized or first-generation backgrounds may feel lost on campus without appropriate resources, and faculty and staff may also find themselves at a loss on how to provide those resources with fewer people. Working with community partners can enhance an institution’s existing resources, and can also create further capacity for professional development around key issues by bringing in additional experts. But how do you establish a strong community partner relationship?

Join us for an online training on how you can get ready to successfully work with community partners as a campus. Our expert speaker Joe Saucedo will guide you through some of the different types of community partner organizations and what to consider in working with them. Additionally, you will learn what you’ll need to develop on campus before reaching out to set up a new partnership. Finally, you’ll have time to think through the next steps for your campus to build on your success.


Who Should Attend

Higher-education leaders, including but not limited to student success leaders and directors of retention, who are interested in developing partnerships with organizations off-campus to improve their retention efforts will benefit most from this training.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

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Online Learning

Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


August 10, 2022

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

This two-hour virtual session will feature discussions around the following topics.

What Should You Expect from Community Partners?

You will learn about the different types of partner organizations that exist and how they may vary from one to the next. You will also have the opportunity to hear from and share with your peers on experiences with any current community partners.

Setting Yourself Up for a New Partnership

Once you have decided to pursue a partnership with a community organization, you’ll need to have resources and staff in place in order to make the partnership a successful one. Our expert speaker will discuss the importance of:

  • Creating campus buy-in
  • Accessing data and technology resources
  • Setting up a mission for the partnership work


portrait of J Saucedo

Joe Saucedo

Senior Partnerships Manager, Partnership for College Completion

Joe recently joined the team of Chicago-based nonprofit Partnership for College Completion. He advises and consults with community colleges and four-year universities who participate in the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative, a cohort-based program with a goal to narrow graduation gaps that persist among Black, Latinx, and low-income students across partner institutions.

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