Professional Gatherings

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VANNW Professional Gatherings are a great opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and skills with your volunteer management peers – no membership required.  VAN Professional Gatherings are typically offered once a month at various locations.  If you are interested in hosting a Professional Gathering or have an idea for a presentation/topic please contact

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 @ 11:30 a.m., UW Seattle

Explore service learning, what differentiates service learning from other types of college student engagement (practicum, internships, etc.), and how together we can advance racial equity at our October professional gathering.
Date: Thursday, 10/27/2016
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: University of Washington, Mary Gates Hall, Room 171 (the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity)
Parking: On campus parking will be reimbursed for attendees! You must pay when entering the garage, and get a validation during the meeting.
RSVP: Kathryn Cornforth,
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