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)
‘Hood and Holler: Similarities and Differences in Urban and Rural Community Development
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).
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.
September CDS Webinar
A Land With a People: Exploring Community Development through Palestinian and Jewish Voices and Visions Tuesday, September 27, 2022 — 1:00 -2:30pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) CDS is delighted to announce that we are partnering with the International Association for Community Development to jointly host this webinar featuring Esther Farmer (co-editor of A Land With […]
July CDS Webinar
Local development and Polish self-government practice: Outreach and research conducted by Wrocław University of Economics and Business, Poland Friday, July 15, 2022 — 12:00 noon Eastern Time (US & Canada) Presenter Andrzej Sztando, Ph.D. is a Professor of Wrocław University of Economics and Business (WUEB), Poland. His research interests are in local development, as well as […]
May CDS Webinar
Through the Looking Glass: Community Development from Today to Tomorrow May 18, 12 noon Central Time (US & Canada) In this webinar, Mary Emery will be hosting a panel discussion on future directions. More details to follow.
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 May 5th at 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT each year.
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.
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.