Center for Engagement and Community Development
By engagement, we mean:
"The partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values, and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."
Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
White Paper on Engagement, 2011
Kansas State University is advancing its cultural arts engagement by becoming part of Imagining America, a national consortium that aims to create transformation in higher education and beyond. Read more here.
For more than 16 years, Kansas State University has led all other universities for the 4-H Military Partnership. This feat is made possible through the work of Project Director Marlene VerBrugge, research assistant professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services. As a result of her efforts, the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) has awarded VerBrugge with the Excellence in Engagement Award. Read more here.
Bradley Crauer, Assistant Professor in Shelter Medicine had been in private practice for about 20 years when a natural disaster uprooted his life and his career plans. When Hurricane Katrina struck, Crauer was recruited by a friend to be a first responder. While in New Orleans, he helped opened a rescue shelter, saving over 1,300 animals. Upon returning to Seattle, he found his perspective on his work had changed, leading him to get in contact with local shelters and nonprofits to continue the work he began in New Orleans. Read more here.
Given the concerns of religious persecution, fear among Americans about terrorism on U.S. soil, and a tumultuous presidential election year, a call for religious inclusivity, civility and interreligious understanding is more relevant than ever. Read more here.
As one of the country’s oldest and most deeply rooted land-grant institutions, Kansas State University has made a positive impact on communities near and far. Through K-State Research and Extension, Kansas State has a rich history of service to communities all across the state of Kansas, and that commitment to service continues to expand and grow through community engagement activities throughout the university. Read more here.
The Center for Engagement and Community Development is pleased to present the inaugural issue of Engage – a magazine that takes a deeper look at the exciting and important engaged scholarship being conducted on campus, around the Manhattan community, across the state and throughout the world.
Engage brings to life a sample of the engaged work happening across all mission areas of the university – research, teaching, and outreach/service. It highlights a cross-section of our faculty who are working collaboratively with community partners to address some of society’s most significant challenges.
Kansas State University is truly an engaged university and we hope you enjoy reading about some of the amazing faculty conducting public work that exemplifies the land grant mission.
View the Engage Magazine here.
Scientific topics and experiments can appear overwhelming to someone without a scientific background. A team consisting of a K-State scientist (Michael Tobler, Assistant Professor in the Division of Biology) and educators at Sunset Zoo (Jared Bixby, Curator of Education, and Nicole Wade, Education Specialist) is trying to change that. Read more here.
To track university engagement, an online survey of faculty and academic staff regarding their scholarly outreach and engagement was developed. Data collected through the K-State EBT demonstrate the university's collective commitment of time, scholarly resources, and research discoveries for the direct benefit of citizens, communities, and organizations in Kansas and communities worldwide. The EBT is a tool that benchmarks the university's progress toward Theme 4 of K-State's Vision 2025 plan, gathers data for re-accreditation of Carnegie's community engagement classification, and provides data used for reporting to the Kansas Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.