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Center for Engagement and Community Development


Kansas State University has always been proud of its land-grant heritage. Whether by welcoming students to its campus or taking university expertise to people across the state, K-State has taken seriously its mandate to make the resources of the university open and accessible to all Kansans.

That is why we are excited to welcome you to the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD). Whether through K-State Research and Extension, distance education, service learning, arts outreach or community-based research, K-State faculty have a rich history of working with Kansans and communities worldwide. This collaborative work is captured in the idea of engagement. Engagement emphasizes campus and community partnerships - through research, teaching and service - where groups collaborate on critical issues in reciprocal, mutually beneficial ways. 

In order to develop more extensive and effective partnerships, K-State created the Center for Engagement and Community Development - a campus-wide resource dedicated to providing value to both university and off-campus communities through expanded outreach and engagement. On campus, we advocate for, facilitate and celebrate engaged initiatives. For our off-campus partners, we serve as a portal to expert university faculty and resources that address community needs, goals and dreams. We function as a liaison for groups, agencies and communities connecting with faculty to tackle needs and opportunities in areas of economic development, community coaching, public health, entrepreneurship, arts development, environmental stewardship and community visioning. 

We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we might work in partnership with you.

Our Approach

Strategic Plan

CECD Staff