COMING SOON: 2019 Information | September 13 | Save the Date

The Public Policy & Management Center and the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement present Engage WSU, a day that brings together University, public, nonprofit and community leaders for current research and knowledge exchange in public service.

Who Should Attend

→ Local government managers
→ Nonprofit professionals
→ Elected officials
→ Community leaders
→ WSU faculty, staff, students and alumni

 Register by September 10

2018 Event Information

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lunch begins at 11:30

Wichita State University Marcus Welcome Center
1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, Kan. 67260

$50 includes lunch
($20 for Hugo Wall School MPA students, faculty & staff - use code WSUICT at checkout)


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A video message from PPMC Director Misty Bruckner


Registration and Lunch | 11:30 a.m.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with opportunities for networking with fellow attendees.

Introduction and Welcome | noon

WSU VP for Diversity and Community Engagement Dr. Marché Fleming-Randle will present words of welcome.

Parting Words from Hannes Zacharias | 12:15 p.m.

Former Johnson County Manager Hannes Zacharias will share his parting words after having recently retired.

Keynote Presentation | 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Richard Muma, WSU Provost and Professor, will give a keynote presentation, "Higher Education in Today's World".

Breakout Session 1: Project Wichita | 2:00 p.m.

Project Wichita: Strategies to engage diverse voices in your community. PPMC Community Development Manager LaShonda Garnes will present about the Project Wichita process and tools utilized to engage the diverse voices of the Wichita region.

Breakout Session 2: Environmental Finance Center Showcase | 2:00 p.m.

Environmental Finance Center Showcase: Join Michele Pugh, Director of the Environmental Finance Center, as she shares different tools and programs to make your community healthier. Projects include: KanCap, MUM, Air Quality, Working in Water and lead testing in communities.

Breakout Session 3: Cost Avoidance Studies in Healthcare | 3:00 p.m.

Communities face growing challenges in providing behavioral mental health services. This study examines the cost-avoidance to the Wichita-Sedgwick county community due to the establishment and operation of the Community Crisis Center (CCC), a more integrated model to deliver behavioral health care, substance abuse and addictions treatment. Panelists will discuss how they use data to support their planning, decision-making and advocacy efforts. 

Harold Casey, CEO & Executive Director, Substance Abuse Center of Kansas
Brenda Dietzman
, Sedgwick County Undersheriff

Breakout Session 4: Division of Diversity and Community Engagement | 3:00 p.m.

Though diversity and inclusion cannot be listed on financial reports, the failure to invest in an infrastructure that properly nourishes them can be detrimental to the sustainability of an organization. Kevin Harrison, Community Engagement coordinator for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, will share examples of diversity and its value within the division, as well as how the division is a driver and champion for diversity initiatives throughout the community at large. 

Within this framework, we will discuss cultural capital and social capital and how some individuals are born into these networks, others find ways to tap into them, and others remain on the sidelines. A critical role of all organizations is to eliminate "armchair quarterbacks" and to get everyone involved in the game. Kevin will generate discussions that challenge organizational leaders to find ways to get everyone in the game, while also providing a learning atmosphere that is driven by activity and discussion, encouraging participants to get in the game as well.

The Road to 2020: Preparing Your City for the 2020 Census | 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Alan Organ, Partnership Specialist at the U.S. Census Bureau - Denver Region, will give a presentation on what cities can do to prepare for the upcoming 2020 census. The census is set to undergo some changes from previous years. Who the census counts and how it counts them has implications for local governments and nonprofits alike.

Closing | 5:00 p.m.

Conference end


More Information

Marcus Welcome Center is at the northeast corner of the WSU campus on Mike Oatman Dr., east of Eck Baseball Stadium. See a map.

Free parking is available next to Marcus Welcome Center. Visitors can park all day in any lot with a green or yellow permit sign. Free reserved parking will be available across the street in the lot next to Eck Stadium (marked with traffic cones). For more information and parking maps, visit WSU Parking.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made in writing by e-mail, mail or fax. Cancellations received five days prior to the event will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations received fewer than five days prior to the event will not receive a refund.