Annual Conferences

CDS hosts an annual conference on its own or in collaboration with partners like the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and the International Association for Community Development (IACD). Presentations, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities are common offerings delivered by practitioners and scholars alike.

2023 Conference in Portland, Oregon (USA)

The 2023 annual conference will be held in Portland, Oregon next July 16-19. The host and program working groups are being formed and will begin convening in August 2022. Our primary host is Portland State University and the conference will be held at their hotel and conference facility, University Place. The preliminary conference theme is Hood and Holler: Similarities and Differences in Urban and Rural Community Development. Conference presentation opportunities will include formats designed for both scholars and practitioners. The program will include usual conference highlights like mobile workshops, the awards banquet, and auctions.
 

2024 International Conference

The location and specific dates of this conference is yet to be determined, but we are very excited to co-host this conference with the International Association for Community Development (IACD).

Webinars

As convening online has become easier and more popular, CDS offers a variety of professional development webinars. Webinars are available to the public, but only logged-in members can access the archive of webinar recordings.

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Scholarships

The Linda Sunde CDS Endowment Fund was established by CDS members to provide a sustainable source of support to Members for conference participation, community development education, practice, and community-engaged research projects. The number of scholarships and the amount awarded each year varies according to the funds available through investment growth in the previous year. The CDS Stewardship Committee makes these determinations under the guidance of the CDS Board Treasurer.

Scholarship and award recipients are recognized at a plenary session during the CDS annual conference and are encouraged to attend, even if not required to do so. All recipients are required to “give back” to CDS through volunteer service for a period of one year on a CDS committee or working group of their choosing.

The deadline to submit scholarship applications is April 8th at 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT each year.

Awards

During its annual conference, the Community Development Society (CDS) has the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of its Members and colleagues through a variety of awards. We encourage anyone to recognize the work of their community development colleagues by submitting a nomination on their behalf.

The purpose, eligibility criteria, and the opportunity to nominate a colleague for each award can be found in the links below.

Research Projects

CDS seeks to advance its mission through research projects led by working groups and ad hoc committees. 

  • Kellogg Diversity Initiative

  • Academic Accreditation – this working group 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. If you have questions or would like to participate in this working group, please contact the working group leader, Mike Dougherty at Michael.Dougherty@mail.wvu.edu.

 

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