April 2019
Lisa Gilchrist, Editor
Inside this Issue
Exciting news in Vanguard! Call for Board Nominations, Wide-range of learning opportunities at the Conference, Bell bottoms & CDS, Student Poster Call
Chair's Update
by Cindy Banyai
Cindy Banyai (center) and Maryam Ahmadian (right) meeting in the Delegate's Lounge outside the UN General Assembly with the Deputy Counsellor from Laos, Daovy Vongxay (left).
Spring is a time of renewal, an annual ritual of cleansing and reflecting on where we are and where we want to be after hunkering down all winter. As community developers, we are used to change - facilitating it, crafting it, guiding it with our community partners. It may be fair to say that this is our favorite time of year! It's a brief time to get ourselves refreshed and organized to progress with the year ahead and move closer to another one of our favorite times of year - our annual summer gathering. This year we have even more to look forward - our homecoming and 50th Anniversary!

Cindy is doing some exciting work developing partnerships with the International Association of Community Development and Ticco.

CDS Call for Board Nominations
The CDS Nominations Committee is currently seeking nominations for two (2) Board members and two (2) Officers. Learn More
Nominations are open until Friday, May 10, 2019; nominations should be submitted via this  Google Form, including a picture (headshot), CV or resume, and brief responses to questions related to current and past activities within CDS, practice or experience in the field of community development, and ideas for the future of CDS.

Electronic voting will open at 8:00 AM Central time on Monday, May 20, 2019 and close at 5:00 PM Central time on Friday, June 7, 2019. All candidates will be notified of the election results, which will be announced to the membership at the Annual International Conference.
Questions? Please contact KP Williams, our CDS Vice Chair of Operations. We look forward to receiving your nominations!
c ontribute to our collective history and future. Third , a number of international presenters and participants will enrich or networking and understanding of community development in our global and interconnected world. Fourth , we are featuring only a small sampling of central Missouri’s finest in the mobile workshops, opportunities to dine downtown on Monday night and enjoy Central Dairy ice cream Monday night at the Ice Cream Social in the Orr Street Studios. Fifth , the traditional CDS Soapbox is making a return, with some very accomplished and colorful barker parkers (If you don’t know what that term means, then you just have to check it out).

A little more to entice you—this conference is occurring on the Mizzou (also known as MU or the University of Missouri) campus in the beautiful Bond Life Sciences Center, which in itself fosters networking for participants—only .8 mile from the two designated conference hotels and a mere block from modern dormitory space. And this means participants will be close to Columbia’s downtown, which has its own wonderful atmosphere and collection of unique and wonderful experiences to offer.
50th Anniversary Conference Plenary:
Practical Wisdom for a Better World
Using photographs and words submitted by participants, and demonstrating a group conversation process designed to encourage active listening, the opening plenary of this year’s CDS conference will provide an opportunity to explore how we can expand and strengthen our community development practice to make this world better.

Like the CDS founders 50 years ago, we are living in tumultuous times. And like them, we have much practical wisdom to offer—ideas about finding the right way to do the right thing. To compile and communicate our collective wisdom, we will use the Kiva process—originally a way that native people of the North American southwest discussed important issues—to ask: What should we keep doing/stop doing/start doing in seeking change?

Join the action! Submit pictures or words .
Depth & Breadth of Program Presentations Await You at the 2019 Annual Conference
W e are chock-full of presentations of all kinds at the 2019 Annual International CDS Conference, across a spectrum of community development research and practice geared to our conference and 50 th CDS anniversary theme, Coming Home to Cultivate the Future .
In fact there are over 100 presentations, including:
  • Sunday, July 14 -- Pre-conference sessions that will definitely provide worthwhile professional growth. You’ll want to register by June 10 to get a space reserved.
  • Monday, July 15 -- Eight unique Monday Mobile Learning Workshops in and outside of Columbia.
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Plenary Speakers on Community Development: Past – Present – Future.
And the ever-popular Concurrent Sessions on research, education, and practice topics, held during FIVE breakout periods (three on Tuesday and two on Wednesday) via eight separate and simultaneous breakout rooms each breakout period.
Join the CDS Conference
Opening Reception!

CDS and Woodstock are both celebrating 50 years! Dig out some bell bottoms and join the fun. Invite retirees and past members for the Sunday night reception for an exciting line-up. See how far we've come and check out the 50th anniversary history book and video.
Conference Lodging
 Call for Student
Poster Abstracts
Reserve hotel rooms by June 12 to take advantage of the “CDS” room block and get the conference rate of $149/night (before taxes) for single or double room.

Affordable and modern, suite style dorms on campus at $57/night single & $32/night double. Please reserve dorm rooms by May 10 . Dorm rooms can be reserved during the conference registration process .  

CDS is seeking proposals for STUDENT posters relating to community development for presentation at the 2019 Community Development Society Conference, July 14-17, 2019 in Columbia, Missouri, USA.

Submissions relating to the conference theme, “Community Development: Coming Home to Cultivate the Future” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration.

The deadline for submission of poster proposals is April 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST.   Learn More
Serve as a break-out session moderator during the July conference. Moderators get everyone started on time, welcome attendees, introduce presenters, and get everyone out the door on time.
Contact Jane Leonard to volunteer.
Job Posting
Assistant Professor of Community Development/Sociology
North Dakota State University

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology seeks a full-time tenure-track assistant professor of sociology, with specialties in community development and quantitative methods to begin August 2019. The successful candidate will be required to teach two courses per semester and advise both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the candidate must work effectively with colleagues and students in an interdisciplinary setting. 
Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference May 9-10, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
World Community Development Conference June 24-26, 2019 in Dundee, Scotland
S tay informed. Review the latest minutes from our Board of Directors.

Our committees do valuable work to further the work of the Community Development Society. Stay tuned for updates on Committee Structures and opportunities to get involved.
Leading up to the 50th Anniversary Conference, please share a photograph for the Opening Session that captures: a) the essence or special quality of a community,
or b) a significant change that you would like to see at a community or societal level.

You can also share a word or short phrase (2-4 words) that you associate with community development - perhaps a vivid adjective, or emotion, or whatever words come immediately to mind.

In March we asked, "What do you look forward to most when attending a conference?"

56% - networking with colleagues
25% - mobile learning workshops
13% - exploring the conference city
6% - key note presentations
Community Development Society 
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