Purpose of Written Portfolio and Presentation
Your written portfolio and presentation is the third and final requirement for the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement. Preparing and presenting your portfolio are opportunities to
- Describe and honor the context in which community engagement takes place
- Reflect on your experience with the scholarship and practice of community engagement
- Document processes, outcomes, and evidence related to community engagement methodically
- Solicit critical feedback from community partners and mentors
- Prepare and present your community-engaged scholarship for peer review
- Generate new insights through critical and reflective writing
- Practice writing and speaking about your community-engaged scholarship or practice
- Practice talking about yourself as an engaged scholar or practitioner
As the culminating experience in the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, the written portfolio and presentation are equivalent to the final exam for the program. Together, they are your opportunity to synthesize and document what you have learned from the readings, seminar/workshops, mentored community engagement experience, and through reflection on your experiences with your community partners and mentor.
Distinctions Between the
Written Portfolio and the Presentation
In the written portfolio, you demonstrate your understanding of 15 of the program’s 20 core competencies, with the goal of being as comprehensive and thorough as possible.
In contrast, for your portfolio presentation, you summarize your experiences and reflections, with an in-depth focus on two core competencies of your choice.