cei logoWhen: Friday, October 2, 2020

The Community Engagement Institute (CEI) is an annual full-day symposium focused on issues related to health equity and social justice. The CEI examines the importance of why and how community engagement and collaboration are effective in social/behavioral research and essential in community building practices.

Institute Goals

To exchange information, disseminate research, and share successful approaches to address health equity and community empowerment, and to connect community members and leaders, researchers, and philanthropic stakeholders in improving communities and environmental health. 


  • Increase understanding of social justice concepts (economic stability, neighborhoods and built environment, health and health care accessibility, education, and social and community context).
  • Share interdisciplinary knowledge on strategies to reduce health disparities and increase health equity that result in improved health outcomes.
  • Develop individual goals that will empower participants to make a difference within and across communities. 

Who Should Attend? 

Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, community members, representatives of community-based organizations, neighborhood leaders, volunteers, faith-based leaders and organizations, health advocates, researchers, consumers, grass-roots organizers, local funders, and others from across the Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi region are encouraged to attend. 


CEI invites keynote speakers with local, regional, and/or national standing and deep experience in community engagement, including policymakers, activists, entrepreneurs, writers, and researchers.

In addition to our keynote speaker, CEI offers panel discussions, breakout workshops, a poster session, networking and collaboration opportunities, in addition to breakfast and lunch.


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