2022 CDS Virtual Conference Proceedings

Thank you to those who were able to join us – and welcome to those who are looking to see a bit of what they missed! Below you will find descriptions of sessions, links to available presentations, and (soon to come) videos from our time together. If there is a presentation available for download, simply click the title and a PDF will open in a new tab.

The Future of Community Development: The Field and the Society

Amidst an ongoing global pandemic, social uprisings, and a divisive political climate, these past few years have invited us all to reckon with our identities, our work, and our futures. Many are seeing with more clarity the vast inequities and injustices of our governments and economies that impact the financial, physical, and mental wellbeing of our communities. Where do we go with this knowledge? How do we leverage this moment to recommit to racial, economic, and environmental justice?

Community Development is a transdisciplinary field of study and practice – having academic homes in planning, public administration, sociology, macro social work, and more – and practitioners across levels of government, nonprofit CDCs, developers, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurs. While our specializations may be vastly different, we come together around commitments to collaboration, community-driven practice, community sovereignty, dignity within diversity, informed practice, liberation and empowerment, social justice, and sustainability. Together, the work of community development is inherently richer and more inclusive; together, we can lean into all forms of justice that ground our work.

Monday, July 18, 10:00am – 5pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)

10:00a – 12:00n

Opening Plenary: Community Development: Present and Future Directions

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Moderated by Paul LaChapelle


  • Jane Leonard, past CDS President
  • James Calvin, incoming Board Director
  • Neil Linscheid, incoming Board Director
  • Lisa Gilchrist, incoming Board Secretary

Join us for an invigorating and interactive discussion on how the field of community development has stepped up to address the challenges of the last three years, how we can work to be more effective in engaging all voices in creating a prosperous future for all, and what roles might our Society play in that process.           

12:00n – 1:00p

Concurrent Social and Working Group Hour

Break-out for Newcomers

Facilitated by Jane Leonard

Principles of Good Practice Revisions Committee: Draft Review and Deliberations

Facilitated by Talya Thomas

1:00 – 2:15

Concurrent Sessions

What’s Going On? How the Great Resignation, Worker Turnover and Remote Work are Creating Opportunities for Local Communities

Organized and moderated by Bo Beaulieu


“The Great Resignation: Factors Fueling it and What Communities Can do About it?” – Bo Beaulieu

“Strengthening Employee Engagement and Retention: The Stay Interview” – Brian Raison

“Supporting Remote Work: The Importance of Adequate and Affordable Broadband Technology ” – Roberto Gallardo

Entrepreneurial Communities

Moderated by Norm Walzer


“Analysis of the Federal Government’s Role in Community and Economic Development” – Erik Amundson

“Community Supported Enterprises in Rural Areas” – Norman Walzer and Sean Park

“Growing Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities: Lessons from Nebraska” – Morgan Vogel

“Sustainable Tourism Development in West Virginia: Learning and Applying Best Practices in the Face of Change” – Daniel Eades and Doug Arbogast

Community Development in Different Settings

Moderated by Elizabeth Castillo


“Amplifying Local Identity while Capitalizing on the Assets of Globalization: Applications to the Field of Community Development” – Tanner Caterina-Knorr

“Closing the Gap for Community Development: Reimagining Access to Higher Education for under-resourced youths in rural and urban communities” – Olivene Burke

“Community Development in Public and Social Policy: A Comparative of Urban and Rural Policy Conceptualization, Development, and Implementation in Southern Cities” – Na’Shon Zhane Edwards

“Connecting the Dots through Community Capital: Functional, Explanatory, and Critical Analyses” – Elizabeth Castillo and Mark Roseland

2:30 – 3:45

Concurrent Sessions

Resistance and Hope from the Fringes: Grassroots-led Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Organized and moderated by Bawagan, Aleli Dulce Battad


“Ambagan: People’s Collective Actions During the Pandemic” – Paul Edward N. Muego

“Surviving the Pandemic: Sapang Munti Women’s Stories during the ECQ” – Lisa Victoria N. Rosel and Victor G. Obedicen

“The Philippines’ COVID-19 Response: Securitizing the Pandemic and Disciplining the Pasaway” – Karl Arvin F. Hapal

“Getting Through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses of Vendors, Drivers, and Residents of Pook Malinis, UP Diliman” – Aleli Dulce Battad

Migration Patterns

Moderated by Norm Walzer


“Determinants of Migration Patterns in Millennials in Micropolitan Counties” – Norman Walzer and Andy Blanke

“Reversing the Exodus: Creating a Young Adult Advisory Panel” – Pamela Schallhorn

Community Development Education

Moderated by Mark Brennan


“Community Development Practitioner Profiling for Applicable Community Development Education” – Cornel Hart

“Democratizing Research: The Intersection of Engaged Scholarship and Community Participation” – Joan Marshall Wesley

4:00 – 5:00

Concurrent Roundtable Sessions

We Can’t Do This Alone: Rural Volunteerism as a Tool for Community Development

Facilitated by Erin Susman and Olivia McConnell

Volunteerism is an effective tool to engage and mobilize your community to move ideas into action. In rural places, though, it can be hard to know where to begin. Join members from The Hub’s AmeriCorps VISTA program to discuss the strategies and tools that they have used to successfully develop and implement volunteer programs in rural communities.

Community Development after Graduation: What to Expect When Entering the Academy and Practice

Facilitated by Josh Newton, Tanner Caterina-Knorr, and Na’Shon Edwards 

Students and emerging community development practitioners and academics, join the Student Chapter of the Community Development Society for a discussion on career development. The multi-disciplinary nature of and wealth of opportunities in community development can create confusion about how to approach career development. We will have a guided discussion on navigating degree programs, seeking opportunities to bolster your CV/resume, and obtaining positions in universities, nonprofits, and the public sector. This roundtable is a chance for graduate students in community development-focused disciplines to meet and learn from each other, as well as recently graduated students in academia and practice.

Community Development and Youth Development: Reflecting on the Value and Challenges of Engaging Youth through the UNESCO “Youth as Researchers” Program

Facilitated by Brad Olson, Mark Brennan, Jamison Malcolm, Erica Odera, and Kaila Thorn

Youth, ages 14-24, are a growing segment of the global population and important community stakeholders. Academics and practitioners can support both community development and youth development by authentically engaging youth in their work but there are challenges including differing perceptions of youth capability and work quality as well as logistics. This roundtable revisits a 2009 Community Development journal special issue linking community and youth development to discuss the benefits, challenges, and future of engaging youth in community-based work. Presenters will share themes from 30+ youth-related Community Development articles and personal lessons learned from a global, youth-led research program called “Youth as Researchers.”

Tuesday, July 19, 10:00am – 6:30pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)

10:00a – 12:00n

Society-Focused Plenary 

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Join us for a focused conversation on the future of the Community Development Society. We will explore how the Society can be a space for support and rejuvenation, a space that is open and welcoming to Members and past/prospective Members, and a space that embraces change. Building on previous Member discussions, this Roundtable will seek to strengthen relationships across the Society.

12:00n – 1:00p

Concurrent Social and Working Group Hour

Student Chapter Strategic Planning Session

Facilitated by Tanner Caterina-Knorr, Na’Shon Edwards, and Josh Newton

The Student Chapter of the Community Development Society invites you to join us in a Strategic Planning Session. Over the past year, we have been seeking student input on the purpose and goals of the Chapter and have recently put together an initial draft of a strategic plan to present to the Board of CDS. This event is a great opportunity for you to provide input and feedback on the strategic plan, become more involved with the Student Chapter, and network with other graduate students in community development fields.

International Chapter Gathering

Facilitated by Mary Leuci

The purpose of the International Chapter in CDS is to provide students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners engaged in international community development from all over the world an opportunity for networking, learning and professional development and bringing an international development perspective to the Community Development Society.

1:00 – 2:15

Concurrent Sessions

Imagining Future Possibilities for Community Leadership Development

Organized and moderated by Mary Emery


“Imaging the Future of CD Leadership: an Invitation to Participate” – Mary Emery

“Creating a Culture of Shared Leadership in Small Towns: Opportunities and Challenges” – David Peters

“Leadership Development Approaches” – Jordan Grummert-Rasmussen

“Imagining Leadership Development that Addresses Current Concerns” – Lindsay Hastings

Community Development and Cultural Capital

Moderated by Ron Hustedde


“Exploring Roles of Love in Community Development” – Ronald Hustedde and Paul Lachapelle

“Informality in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex: Low-Income Adaptation to Neoliberal Precarity and Environmental Injustice” – Josh Newton

“Love of Gardens for the Refugee Women” – Anadil Iftekhar

Academic Accreditation Working Group: Progress and Next Steps Discussion

Facilitated by Michael Dougherty

This working group, initiated in 2019, is conducting participatory research to develop a proposal to launch accreditation of professional degree programs in community development, including core competencies, institutional standards, and self-study procedures.

2:30 – 3:45

Concurrent Sessions

Community Change

Moderated by Victoria Solomon


“Building Community Resilience in a Time of COVID-19 Pandemic in Selected Communities in Jamaica: Community Engagement” – Dr. Olivene Burke and Dr. Shinique Walters

“Cultivating Common Ground for Effective Community Development” – Victoria Solomon

“Getting Communities On Board: A Systematic Review of How to Generate Community Buy-In for Rural Transit” – Morgan Vogel and Josephine Hazelton-Boyle

Community Planning and Design

Moderated by Margaret Stout


“Community Development through Engaged Public Space Visioning: The case of Huntertown Community Interpretive Park” – Jayoung Koo   

“Do Cities Plan for Communities? ” – Michael Dougherty

“Philanthropic Community Development: Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives’ Ability to Produce Neighborhood Stability” – Josh Newton

4:00 – 5:00

New Tools Session

Moderated by Jamie Kleinsorge


“Building Digital Capacity for the Future: An Overview of the Missouri Broadband Resource Rail Initiative” – Jamie Kleinsorge

“Internal Community-Building: A Framework for a More Sustainable Future” – Jacqueline Jordan-Davis

“RISE 3.0: A Web-Based Tool for Assessing Entrepreneurship Skills in Support of Human and Economic Development” – Thomas Lyons and Ken Knecht

“Volunteers Catalyzing Inclusion: A Community-Wide Approach to Supporting People Living with Dementia” – Lisa M. Gilchrist

5:00 – 6:30

Poster Session & CDS Working Group Meet and Greets

Posters Session

Moderated by Mary Emery

“Community Leader Development Case Study: Rural Fellowship Program” – Halle Ramsey

“How Effective is the Tailored Design Method in Survey Research for Rural Populations?” – Betsy Garrison

“Planning the Buildout of Rural Broadband: A Rural Appalachian County Case Study” – Gwynn Stewart

Recruitment, Retention, & Engagement

Facilitated by Steve Jeanetta

This working group develops and proposes innovative ways to recruit new Members, serve existing Members, and enhance relationship-building among Members.

2023 Conference Planning

Facilitated by Margaret Stout

Launching Host and Program Working Groups, which together will coordinate the 2023 CDS Conference in Portland, OR.

Stewardship and Finance

Facilitated by Bo Beaulieu

These working groups make financial recommendations to the Board, coordinate fundraising, scholarships, and other financial aspects of the Society.

Wednesday, July 20, 10:00am – 2:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)

10:00a – 12:00n

Annual Meeting of the Members

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The Annual Meeting agenda includes approving the Minutes from the 2021 Annual Meeting, reports from our Officers and journal editors, the 2022 awards ceremony,  and plenty of time for Member feedback and discussion. We will conclude with Ron Hustedde’s outgoing address as Chair of the Board.

Watch the Award Ceremony

Watch the Chair’s Address

12:30 – 2:00p

Special Board Meeting

After inducting our new Board Directors and Officers at the Annual Meeting of the Members, the Board will gather to welcome and orient them; discuss opportunities, possibilities, and challenges for the coming year; and set the board meeting schedule for 2022-2023. All CDS Members are welcome to join for the first hour or so, at which point the board will move into executive session to discuss legal and contractual matters.

Thanks to our 2022 Sponsors

Southern Rural Development Center

Rural Prosperity Nebraska

A note from our Sponsor Southern Rural Development Center

This year the Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) celebrate its 50th anniversary by honoring the enactment of the Rural Development Act

The Rural Development Act was passed into law on August 30, 1972, to unify multiple rural development initiatives into a single piece of legislation which, along with many outcomes, led to the Centers’ establishment. The RRDCs play a vital connecting role in rural America, linking the research and educational outreach capacity of the nation’s public universities with communities, local decision-makers, entrepreneurs, families, farmers, and ranchers to help address a wide range of rural development issues. Throughout the year, the RRDCs collaborate with key partner organizations who have taken actions to formally recognize the Centers’ significant contributions over the past 50 years and anticipate their leadership roles in the continual vibrancy of rural America.

Additionally, the Centers are hosting programs to highlight the successes and impacts of their first 50 years of service to rural America and to prepare for the emerging opportunities and challenges of the future.

The country’s four Regional Rural Development Centers are:

Learn more about the Regional Rural Development Centers at: https://rrdc.usu.edu/