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Applications open for community engagement grants
Sept. 27, 2021 — The David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement is accepting grant applications to fund projects, programs and networks of people dedicated to community-engaged learning. The three open funding opportunities support a wide range of activities, including curricular, co-curricular, research, leadership and network-building.
Offered for the first time this year, Public Issue Network Grants are designed to help build and broaden networks of people working on a shared issue of concern so that they can coordinate and expand resources and deepen their collective impact. Engaged Faculty Research Grants incentivize undergraduate participation in faculty and staff-led research that strengthens the well-being of communities. Engaged Opportunity Grants support faculty and staff with up to $3,000 to create, enhance or sustain community-engaged learning opportunities for undergraduate students.
New engaged course supports NYS rural schools
August 18, 2021 — Rural schools in New York State face a perpetual need for funding, but few resources to apply for grants. Since larger suburban and urban schools have more resources to secure competitive funds, rural schools fall further behind.
Now, a new course at Cornell, in partnership with the Rural Schools Association of New York State, will connect rural school districts with undergraduate and graduate students to level the playing field.
The engaged learning course “Show Me the Money: Rural Communities, Rural School Funding in New York, and How to Write a Grant Proposal” aims to help schools identify critical funding needs and then seek grant funds to support programming in under-resourced schools.
The development of the course was supported through our Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program.
Helping shorebirds, refugees through summer work
August 16, 2021 — Emma Harte ’22 spent a lot of time at the beach this summer, protecting and studying piping plovers and common terns. Aisha Conte ’23 did research to support two projects — a legal effort to force government action to stop the pollution of water in Ghana caused by illegal mining and a guide to help women refugees in South Africa to become effective leaders in their communities.
Both students received Serve in Place Fund grants from the Office of Engagement Initiatives (now the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement) to support their work. The fund supports students working on community-based research activities or community-engaged learning projects in their home areas or remotely.
Students’ project expands mental health information in NJ
August 10, 2021 — Eric Kohut ’22 enjoyed his work at a daycare center near his hometown of Union City, N.J. during the summer after his freshman year, but he noticed that families faced many barriers to accessing mental health care for their children. Many parents didn’t know of any bilingual mental health providers and, for other families, mental health issues still carried a stigma.
When Kohut returned to campus for his sophomore year, he began researching health disparities for members of the Latinx communities there, as well as test scores and other socioeconomic factors that were affecting the area. He contacted faculty member Pilar Parra, found a student partner, Erika Gonzalez ‘22, and collaborated with a community organization to launch a website, Hudson Origin.
They received a summer Serve in Place Fund Grant from us to support their work.
Margulies receives Levy faculty engagement award
June 9, 2021 — Joseph Margulies ’82, professor of the practice of law in Cornell Law School and professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences, has won the 2021 George D. Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award for his work to break down barriers for previously incarcerated people in Tompkins County, New York.
Given by OEI, the Levy award recognizes a faculty member whose collaborative efforts within the community have resulted in exemplary and sustained community-engaged projects. Margulies was honored for his long-term partnership with Ultimate Reentry Opportunity (URO), which is a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension – Tompkins County.