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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."

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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 invite campus and community to a day-long symposium dedicated to exploring the Art of Democracy.   The event will be held in the K-State Student Union on March 21 and will feature a variety of presentations and performances.  Read more. 

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.

University's annual Engagement Symposium highlighted how dialogue, deliberation are vital for polarized public issues

How to engage voices to effectively address communities' most pressing issues was the focus of Kansas State University's 2018 Engagement Symposium, "Powerful Dialogue: Engaging Community Issues in Polarizing Times." To learn more, click here.

Nutrition for all: Kansas State University helps new initiative improve healthy food access for Kansans

Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Rural Grocery Initiative helped kickoff of the $4.2 million Kansas Healthy Food Initiative in partnership with the Kansas Health Foundation on Nov. 6 in Wichita. The goal of the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative is to help improve Kansans' access to healthy food! For more information about the initiative check out the story in K-State Today: https://www.k-state.edu/…/newsrelea…/2017-10/khfi101917.html


Kansas Health Foundation is currently partnering with Center for Engagement and Community Development to help ensure vulnerable populations in neighborhoods have affordable access to healthy foods. To learn more, view the official KHFI fact sheet:

Fact Sheet: Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

Engagement Incentive Grant Awardee Natalie Pennington

CECD is proud to recognize initiatives that demonstrate innovative and/or sustained efforts in university/community engagement. Assistant professor of communication studies, Natalie Pennington, received the engagement incentive grant for her project"Developing Connections between Communities and Researchers: MyRelevate as a Mechanism for Adaptive and Accessible Relationship Education." We recently had the chance to interview Natalie about the progress they're making. Read more here.

K-State Joins Imagining America to Increase University's Arts Extension, Outreach

Kansas State University is advancing its cultural arts engagement by becoming part of Imagining America, a national consortium that aims to create transformation in higher education and beyond. Read more here.

Community Engagement: 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.

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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