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Center for Engagement and Community Development

K-State's Definition of Engagement:

"Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

"The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and 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."

Carnegie Foundation

2020 Community Engagement Opportunities Fair

March 19, 2020 11:00am–1:30pm | K-State Union Courtyard | Public Event

The Community Engagement Opportunities Fair puts into action the vision of CECD by matching community organizations and students and directly reflects the Center’s commitment to support collaboration between the university and its larger community.

The fair provides a venue for K-State students to discover Manhattan organizations who are seeking volunteers and interns to find the right focus for their passion and effort. Community experience is a valuable reinforcement to the on-campus education students receive and builds capacity for both the student and organization. Through this relationship, students have an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in a meaningful way to improve our robust community.

The Community Engagement Opportunities Fair is a call to action for students and organizations to advance civic engagement for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. For many students this opportunity provides their first step in becoming community engaged citizens, a quality that will continue to serve them and their communities long after graduation.

Some of the community organizations featured at this event include the Sunset Zoo, Meadowlark Senior Living Community, The Flint Hills Volunteer Center, MHK Today, The Riley County Historical Museum, The Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan, UFM Community Learning Center, Pawnee Mental Health, Green Apple Bikes, T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, The Talent Consortium, Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice, Professionals ENGAGE,  and USD 383 representatives from English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Families In Transition (FIT), and Athletics. 

2020 Community Engagement Symposium               Student Success and the Public Good

March 23-24, 2020  |  K-State Alumni Center

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AND CALL FOR PROPOSALS ANNOUNCED.  PLEASE VISIT HERE TO REGISTER.  REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED. 

Kansas State University’s 2020 Community Engagement Symposium focuses on student success through community engagement.  Engagement with off-campus community projects offers practical opportunities for students to enhance their skills and learn about issues that make a difference to diverse populations and sectors.  Further, community engagement enriches students’ academic experiences by featuring research on significant societal issues and participatory practices in their curriculum.

Institutions of higher learning are increasingly engaging in partnership with communities to address critical societal challenges.  Colleges and universities are aligning their resources – organizational structures, funding, faculty and staff knowledge and expertise, and student learning – with the needs of the communities that surround them.  Enabling students to be at the forefront of these trends is the goal of this conference.

We invite you to join us!  

Carnegie Foundation Endorses K-State for Community Engagement

The Carnegie Foundation today named Kansas State University as one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for the university's commitment to community engagement. K-State is one of 75 institutions to be reclassified by the Carnegie Foundation this year.  Read the K-State Today article. 

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.

 

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2020 Community Engagement Opportunities Fair