Leading for Justice

Place-Based Justice Network

Engage San Francisco has been involved in the Place-Based Justice Network since its inception in 2014. Engage San Francisco and University of San Francisco have hosted gatherings for the network, co-facilitated workshops at summer institutes and via PBJN’s online continuous learning meetings. All the while we have been humbled and reinvigorated by the collaborative learning environment this network creates.

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Engage San Francisco staff present regularly at national gatherings to share lessons learned, particularly in relation to the intersections of race and place-based work.

View examples of ESF staff presentations and campus-community partnership publications below.


“Learning from Seattle (and other cities): Place-Based Community Engagement for Justice and Equity, Campus Compact, May 2020.

“Race and Place Based Work,” workshop series at St. Mary’s College

“External/Internal Accountability through a Racial Justice Lens,” Place Based Justice Institute, June 2018.

“Engaging Race: Building Our Capacity to Listen, Reflect, and Discuss How Race Impacts Communities, Both on Campus and Off.” Preconference session, Campus Compact National Conference March 2018.

“Reflecting on Whiteness,” Diving Deep, Indiana Campus Compact, February 2018.

“Racial Equity,” Place Based Justice Network, January 2018.

“Reflecting on Whiteness: Contemplative Practice, White Privilege, and Racism,” Association of Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, October 2017.

“Challenged and Constructed Realities: How Lived Experiences of the McCarthy Center/ Engage San Francisco Inform Work in the Community,” Imagining America, October 2017.

“Different Approaches to Place-Based Community Engagement,” Place Based Justice Network, August 2017.

“Race and Place-Based Engagement,” Place Based Justice Network, August 2017.

“Reflecting on Whiteness,” Association of Jesuit Universities Diversity Conference, August 2017.

“Through the Eye of The Needle: Building the Capacity of White Faculty and Staff at the University of San Francisco: Contemplation and Capacity,” August 2017.

“Reflecting on Whiteness: Lessons from a Pilot Program,” Continuums of Service, Denver, April 2017.

“Engage San Francisco: Internal and External Identities,” Continuums of Service Conference, Denver, April 2017.

“Reflecting on Whiteness: Lessons from a Pilot Program to Expand our Capacity to Work with Race,” Webinar, California Campus Compact, November 2016.

“Examining Structures of Exclusion: Building the Capacity of White Faculty and Staff,” IARSLCE, October 2016.

“Transforming Institutions: Engagement, Equity and Inclusion,” Campus Compact 30th Anniversary, March 2016.

“Challenging Mindsets to Advance Diversity, High-Quality Learning and Student Success,”
American Association of Colleges and Universities, March 2016.


In addition to workshops, presentations and speaking appearances, ESF staff have published works related to campus-community partnerships.

“Critical Hope in Leadership,” by N. Nondabula and K. Cotterman, in Pigza, J. M., Owen, J. E., & Associates (Eds.) (2020). Women and leadership development in college: A facilitation resource. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

“Jesuits, Jazz, and Justice: Remembering the Past and Working for a More Just Future” in Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Diversity and Democracy https://www.aacu.org/diversitydemocracy/2018/summer/cotterman

“Campus Community Literacy Initiatives as Preparation for Civic Life”, by D. Donahue, M. Autry and K. Cotterman, published in The Good Society highlights literacy efforts as a tool for creating a more just world https://muse.jhu.edu/article/678316