On July 1, 2021, Cornell launched the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, dedicated to advancing community-engaged learning and public service across the university. Combining the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) and the Public Service Center (PSC), the center opens new pathways for Cornellians to embrace the university’s land-grant mission to improve lives in New York state, across the nation and around the world.
Visit einhorn.cornell.edu to learn more.
We’re currently developing the Einhorn Center’s vision, mission, values and goals. In the meantime, read about the work of OEI (below) and the work of the PSC.
- respect and empathy
- collaboration and reciprocity
- creativity and experimentation
- diversity, equity and inclusion
- reflection and growth
- multiple forms of knowledge
What We Do
We’re inspired by the university’s deep history of public engagement and by Cornellians’ desire to tackle society’s greatest challenges. And we know that community-engaged learning (CEL) is a powerful and effective way for faculty, staff, students and community members to learn with and from one another to make positive change.
Through workshops, consultations, grants, faculty fellowships, student leadership programs and more, we support Cornell’s growing ecosystem of high-quality CEL opportunities. Our overarching goal is for every undergraduate to have at least one meaningful CEL experience — an experience where they develop the skills, insight and humility they’ll use as lifelong learners and leaders with a public purpose.
It’s an ambitious objective, and, in 2020, we launched a five-year strategic plan to guide our work. Our five focus areas are:
- Support a variety of avenues for undergraduate involvement in CEL at Cornell — through courses, leadership development programs, internships, student group activities, research labs, living-learning environments and more
- Launch an Engaged College Initiative, where every undergraduate college can tailor CEL to its unique strengths and long-term goals
- Nurture impactful partnerships to maximize positive change in communities, measure the outcomes of CEL programs and share these results on and off campus
- Grow and support the network of people across Cornell who are passionate about CEL as a way to advance student learning, transform pedagogy and research and benefit communities
- Continue to serve as a central resource, capacity builder and knowledge hub for Cornell’s CEL initiative
What We Offer
Through grants and programs, we aim to build the capacity of faculty, staff and students so they can design, implement and reflect upon CEL activities. We’re also committed to growing the number of community partners and alumni who engage with faculty, staff and students; improving systems for logistical support; and sharing and celebrating CEL across the university.
For students, we support or offer curricular (for credit) and co-curricular (non-credit) programming, including
- community-engaged learning courses,
- a Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership,
- workshops and dialogues and
- funding for projects.
We work with faculty and staff members to incorporate community-engaged learning into their work through