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Center for Engagement and Community Development

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

Student Intern Position

Kansas State University has joined the Imagining America – a consortium of publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and community activists working toward the democratic transformation of higher education and civic life.  We are very excited about being a member of this association and looking forward to advancing KSU’s cultural arts engagement.  As part of our effort to lift the profile and strengthen engagement among the arts, humanities, and design fields, the Center for Engagement and Community Development is looking to hire an undergraduate student to assist CECD in tracking and promoting cultural arts engagement at K-State as well as to help our center plan and organize cultural arts engagement events. Applications are due by January 30. Read more here.

This Small Town Refused to Settle for Walmart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed

After 10 years without an independent grocery store, the residents of Iola, Kansas, found a way to bring one back. Read more here.

Living Our Land-Grant Mission

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.

Center for Engagement and Community Development Celebrates Cultural Arts Engagement at December Brown Bag

The Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) concluded its fall 2016 Brown Bag Engagement series on December 2 by highlighting cultural arts engagement at K-State.  The CECD brown bags are professional development events showcasing examples of community-engaged scholarship involving participatory research, service-learning, and community development activities with mutual benefit to collaborators and stakeholders, on and off campus. Read more here.

Access the Chapman Rural Center Website here.

Access the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art here.

Scientific Communication

Scientific topics and experiments can appear overwhelming to someone without a scientific background. A team consisting of a K-State scientist (Michi 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.

Nominations Now Open: K-State Excellence in Engagement Awards

Nominations for the K-State Excellence in Engagement awards are due Feb. 1, 2017. An announcement of two awards will be made by approximately Feb. 15, 2017. Any campus faculty, professional staff or extension professional is eligible. Awards may go to an individual or a partnership team. Read more here.

GRA Position Available

The Center for Engagement and Community Development is searching for a graduate research assistant to support the Director and staff of CECD to provide research and outreach around rural food access. Time commitment is 20 hours in the office and off-site events as needed or required.  There will be travel required of this position.  The position will begin January 2017 and run through December 2017.  Please read more here.

Center for Engagement and Community Development Engagement Brown Bag series continues Nov. 4

The Center for Engagement and Community Development continues its fall 2016 Brown Bag Engagement series from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in 247 Leadership Studies Building. This week's topic will be voter readiness. Read more here.

View the Brown Bag flyer here.

Engage Magazine

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.

Flint Hills Discovery Center Provides New Understanding

The City of Manhattan’s Flint Hills Discovery Center seeks to inspire people to celebrate, explore, and care for the natural and cultural environment of the Flint Hills, past and present. Permanent and temporary exhibits, an immersive experience, and public programming for all ages are used to reach this goal. Read more here.

Center for Engagement and Community Development Engagement Brown Bag series continues Oct. 7

The Center for Engagement and Community Development continues its fall 2016 brown bag engagement series with the second session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in 247 Leadership Studies Building. Read more here.

View the Brown Bag flyer here.

Social Capital Gives a Voice to Families in Poverty

In Kansas alone, 18.4 percent of children currently live in poverty. This is a trend that has been increasing for the last decade, according to the State of the Family report. Combined with a reduction in publicly-funded safety net programs, many Kansas families struggle to stay afloat. Read more here.

CECD, ICDD and RGI Staff and Student Update

We are pleased to introduce our new project coordinator and digital media student intern and highlight our returning students. Read more here.

Fall 2016 Engagement Brown Bag Series

The Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) is pleased to announce our Fall 2016 brown bag engagement series. These professional development sessions are designed for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. The sessions will highlight the concept of university-community engagement through exemplars of KSU / community-engaged scholarship. Read more here.

View the Brown Bag flyer here.

Thank You for a Successful Day of Learning

The Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Staley School of Leadership Studies would like to thank all who contributed to the success of A Day of Learning: Food Security Engagement Symposium which was held on April 4, 2016. A special thank you goes out to the sponsors, keynote speakers, Ignite speakers, and poster presenters. Read more here.

Excellence in Engagement Awardees Announced

The Center for Engagement and Community Development is proud to announce the 2016 winners of the Excellence in Engagement Award. The award was established in 2011 and recognizes Kansas State Research and Extension and campus faculty initiatives that demonstrate innovative and/or sustained efforts in university/community engagement. Read more here.

A Day of Learning: Food Security Engagement Symposium

As part of Provost April Mason’s call for a week of action on food security, faculty, staff, students and concerned citizens are invited to join together for “A Day of Learning” about food security in Manhattan, Riley County and communities worldwide.  As Provost Mason said in her February 9, 2016 letter, “Access to safe and nutritious food is an issue that affects us all, and it’s an area that should unite us and bring together diverse partnerships that transcend sectors and academic disciplines.”  This is why we are bringing together campus and Extension faculty, national thought leaders, and community partners to discuss engaged research, teaching and innovative strategies to address food security.

Provost Letter to the Campus

David Procter Letter to the Campus

Tim Eatman, Co-director of Imagining America to present on imagining possibilities

Food security presentation by Robert Egger, CEO of L.A. Kitchen

David Procter Interview with KMAN Radio

Call for Proposals

A Day of Learning: Agenda (PDF)

A Day of Learning Flyer (JPG)

4-H and Military Partnerships

Marlene VerBrugge, Research Assistant Professor at the School of Family Studies and Human Services, has worked tirelessly to develop partnerships in the military with 4-H youth. Her work includes serving as the Project Director for the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project, the 4-H/ Air Force Partnership Project and the CYFAR and Military Partnerships Project. Read more here.

Meet Our Student Staff

Meet our returning and new student staff here.

Chapman Center Update

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies has worked to preserve American history since 2008. Comprised of four faculty members, five student interns, and seven student support workers, their mission is to commit to researching, preserving, and sharing the history of rural Kansas. Research initiatives such as The Lost Kansas Project and Track to Settlement, are just some of many enterprises the Center has worked on in recent years. Read more here.

Engagement Benchmarking Tool

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.

Engagement Benchmarking Tool PDF

2013 Engagement Benchmarking Highlights


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