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KU Libraries faculty member selected for Harwood Institute position

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

KU Libraries are pleased to announce that Sarah Goodwin Thiel, community engagement librarian and exhibits program coordinator, has been selected for a six-month position with The Studio on Community at the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. In her role as studio associate, Thiel will work directly with Richard Harwood, president and founder of the Harwood Institute, to bring academic and community engagement concepts to the Studio.

The Harwood Institute of Public Innovation, located in Maryland, is a nonpartisan, independent non-profit that teaches, coaches and inspires people to change how communities work together. Thiel will play a critical role in the Studio, as the Harwood Institute works to broaden conversations regarding community engagement efforts at colleges and universities across the country. 

“I look forward to learning new ways to increase the impact of interdisciplinary engagement activities and to recognize and support our student, faculty and community scholars. I am very excited about my opportunity to work with the Harwood Institute’s Studio on Community,” said Thiel. “I feel it aligns closely with the engagement goals and objectives of KU Libraries, the University of Kansas and our broader community.”

The Studio explores topics such as the emergence of a new American narrative, a new approach to shared responsibility in communities, new mechanisms for bridging societal divides and the renewed role for the human element in civil and political affairs.

“Sarah has much to contribute to the broadening conversations regarding academic efforts to improve and enhance community engagement,” said Erin Ellis, assistant dean for research and learning. “As a studio associate with Richard Harwood, she’ll be a key player in generating ideas and action for strengthening relationships between higher education and the communities they exist within to advance shared goals.”

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