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New Engaged Research Grants awarded to 14 partnerships
June 15, 2020 — Fourteen teams of faculty and community partners have received Engaged Research Grants from the Office of Engagement Initiatives to increase undergraduate involvement in research that strengthens the well-being of communities.
“By combining two of our previous funding opportunities (Engaged Undergraduate Research Grants; Grants for Faculty Research on Engagement) we are able to support teams that are exploring the public purpose of their research, whether they’re just getting involved in community-engaged research or have longstanding programs that are poised for deeper evaluation,” said Amanda Barrett Wittman, associate director for community-engaged curriculum and strategy in the Office of Engagement Initiatives.
Our team’s actions to support antiracism
Black lives matter. We stand with those demanding and pursuing change in the face of ongoing violence against Black people. We stand with those demanding and pursuing change in the face of structural inequities that manifest in the systematic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the United States. We mourn for these individuals, for their families and friends, for our communities, and for our country.
Amidst this grief, we continue to believe in the power of collaboration and reflection to enact long-term change. Here’s what we as a team are doing in the coming weeks.
Summer practicum underway for first rural humanities cohort
June 9, 2020 — Two undergraduates and six graduate students began studies and projects June 2 as part of the first summer practicum in the Rural Humanities scholarly initiative, a project funded for four years by a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Students in the program will meet virtually each week to focus on questions of the rural as well as theories, methods and practices of public humanities and community-engaged scholarship. They are working with Ithaca-area partners to implement engaged projects focused on creating online archives of photos, texts, audio interviews, poetry, art and other materials.
Maureen Waller receives 2020 Engaged Scholar Prize
May 27, 2020 — Maureen Waller, professor of policy analysis and management in the College of Human Ecology and a nationally recognized expert on disadvantaged families, is the recipient of Cornell’s fifth annual Engaged Scholar Prize.
The prize, administered by the Office of Engagement Initiatives and recently announced by Katherine A. McComas, vice provost for engagement and land-grant affairs, recognizes a faculty member’s innovative approach to community-engaged scholarship that inspires students, colleagues and community partners.
Online showcase celebrates students’ community engagement
May 18, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic is keeping people apart, but Cornell students showed that despite physical distancing they can still make meaningful local, regional and global connections.
The university’s Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) celebrated the students’ work from this academic year at the Community Engagement Showcase 2020. Rather than the annual in-person celebration with posters and face-to-face interaction, this year’s showcase was moved to an online exhibition.