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

Farewell, Lindsey!

The Center for Engagement and Community Development would like to wish a happy graduation and well wishes to our Event Planning and Special Projects intern, Lindsey Schmeidler. Schmeidler will be graduating K-State with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has worked on numerous projects for CECD including the 10th Anniversary Celebration of ICDD, Kid’s Voting Manhattan & Ogden, and the CECD Public Issues Facilitation Workshop. Schmeidler is also a member of the K-State Women’s Rowing team. She will be moving to Chicago, Illinois in July to begin law school at Chicago-Kent School of Law with hopes to pursue a career in public interest law. Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work, Lindsey!

Project 17 Rural Enterprise Grant

Kansas State University’s Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) was awarded a grant in 2014 from the USDA Rural Development. This rural business enterprise grant supports Project 17, a rural regional development initiative, which seeks to improve the economic opportunities and quality of life of those who live and work in 17 Southeast Kansas counties. The counties include Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson. Read the full story here.

Engagement Benchmarking Tool Highlights K-State's Commitment to Engagement

In early 2014, the Office of the Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development administered K-State’s Engagement Benchmarking Tool in order to capture a snapshot of campus engaged work for 2013 and to establish an engagement benchmark by which to measure our university’s progress on engagement. Highlights of the EBT reveal 64.4 FTE dedicated to engaged activity; a university salary investment of $4.16 million toward engaged work; and over $47 million in extramural funding generated by K-State engaged projects. The full EBT report can be read here.

Incentive Grant Recipients

The Kansas State University Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development have established the Engagement Incentive Grants. These “seed grants” are designed to assist K-State faculty and Research and Extension specialists and agents to engage more fully with communities in teaching, research, and outreach. Engagement is a form of research, teaching or service, which emphasizes partnerships and collaboration, in which collaborative efforts between university and community stakeholders, resulting in scholarly activity and community benefit around a public issue. 


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