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Center for Engagement and Community Development

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."

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The Center for Engagement and Community Development Seeks Digital/Social Media Intern

At the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD), you will write, organize, plan and complete work on social media sites, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, workshops, presentations and public issues forums. To view more information on this internship, click here.

The Art of Democracy:  2019 Engagement Symposium

The Office of the Provost, Center for Engagement and Community Development, and the 2019 Engagement Symposium Steering Committee invited campus and community to a day-long symposium that was dedicated to exploring the Art of Democracy. This event was held in the K-State Student Union on March 21 and featured a variety of presentations and performances.  Read more. 

Dr. Debra Bolton discusses Engagement Incentive Grant project, Geospatial Analysis/STEM, Females of Color

Dr. Debra Bolton, director of intercultural learning and academic success, started this the this project with hopes of getting girls, specifically girls of color, to understand the significant role that geospatial thinking and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics play in their everyday lives. To view the entire story, click here.

Engagement Incentive Grant awardees Alisa Garni and Mary Kohn coordinate the Building Bilingual Community Partnerships project

Alisa Garni, associate professor of Sociology, explains just how crucial it is for immigrants to have the opportunity to overcome language barriers that hinder their ability to connect with members of their communities. Garni and Mary Kohn, associate professor of English, make bilingual workshops available to those trying to learn English and/or Spanish through the Building Bilingual Community Partnerships project, in hopes of increasing the confidence of recent immigrants who are in the process adapting to a new culture. To view the entire story, click here.

Engagement Incentive Grant awardees Kanost and Garavito organize Memories in Color project 

Laura Kanost, associate professor of Spanish, has utilized the Memories in Color project to engage students, faculty and the Manhattan community to connect and learn more about the significance of having a diverse, intercultural community. Through this project, Kanost and others have made efforts to spread awareness of the tragedies in Colombia by preparing workshops to present symbolic art pieces of victims and perpetrators, and shine light on the Memories in Color project. To view the entire story, click here.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium announces call for proposals for annual conference

Any interested faculty and staff are encouraged to consider completing a proposal for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium 2019 annual conference that will be held October 8-9 in Denver. Kansas State University has a history of significant representation at these annual meetings. The deadline for proposals is March 15th. Read the full call for proposals online. 

Contact the center at cecd@k-state.edu or 785-532-6868 with any questions regarding the engagement conference.

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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