2016-17 Engaged Opportunity Grant Recipients
Cornell faculty and staff are always thinking of ways to create, enhance or participate in community-engaged initiatives, but they might not have the funds to get their ideas off the ground. Engaged Opportunity Grants are designed to help by supporting big and small projects from across the university.
- Alternative Leaders
Bringing together students from Cornell and TST-BOCES Regional Alternative School to bolster leadership and teamwork skills.
- An Evening with Dr. Beverly Tatum
Hosting esteemed author, educational leader and clinical psychologist Dr. Beverly Tatum for a keynote address about race in schools.
- Balcón Criollo Ithaca
Creating a shared oral history and community art project that highlights the Latino/a experience in upstate New York.
- Campus Mediation Program
Providing students with the training and problem-solving skills to take a lead role in mediating campus disputes.
- Celebrating the Sustainable Local Food System
Showcasing the abundance and creativity within the local food system with an emphasis on food justice, agroecology, health and well-being.
- Common Ground: Cornell and Ithaca Students Writing Together
Bringing together Cornell and Ithaca City School District students for collaborative writing, tutoring and mentoring, and strengthening university-community relations.
- Community Engagement in Ghana
Working in partnership with Voices of African Mothers and the local community to address educational needs in Ghana.
- Community Engagement in Pittsburgh
Boosting public health, food insecurity and urban renewal through community-engaged projects facilitated by Amizade, a fair trade learning organization.
- Community Intersectionality Advocates
Developing self-reflective skills and a global view to advance multiculturalism and social justice within the Cornell community.
- Community Perspectives in Medicine
Facilitating conversations about the medical system to improve health disparities experiences by diverse populations.
- Cornell Sustainable Landscape Trail
Creating a Sustainable Landscape Trail on campus that educates the Cornell community about sustainable landscape practices and their environmental benefits.
- Cornell University Press/Three Hills Communication and Outreach
Supporting regional trade imprint Three Hills’ advisory board meeting and a workshop that connects with a larger network of outreach organizations.
- Creating Age-Friendly Roman Neighborhoods
Assessing built environments and interviewing residents to create recommendations for more child- and age-friendly neighborhoods in Rome.
- CU Alumni of the Cornell Prison Education Program
Connecting undergraduates with alumni from the Cornell Prison Education Program in order to strengthen the Cornell community of justice reform advocates.
- Day Laborer Application Pilot Program
Training workers from low-income and immigrant communities to use a mobile app to prevent wage theft and increase awareness about labor standards and workplace safety.
- Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations
Examining how communities and local agencies can better assist vulnerable populations in the event of a disaster or emergency.
- Educational Psychology for Youth Development
Teaming Cornell students with rural youth in the Dryden Central School District through hands-on after-school programming.
- Empathetic Design to Help People with Disabilities
Taking a team approach to creating open-source technology that assists people with disabilities and can be shared with communities around the world.
- Engagement with the Akwesasne Community
Experiencing Akwesasne culture and increasing understanding of indigenous people through sensitivity training and service learning.
- Engaging NYC: Oral History and Ethnography
Combating the cultural displacement that accompanies gentrification by conducting oral histories of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn.
- Evaluating Local Impacts of Regional Farm Systems Initiatives Workshop
Training community teams to evaluate the economic effectiveness of investing in local and regional food systems initiatives.
- Exploring the Impact of National Housing, Work and Immigration Policies
Conducting research with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and developing reports and posters to be shared with academic and policy audiences.
- Hortus Forum’s New Leaf: Leadership Development Through Community Engagement
Expanding a student horticulture club’s reach by providing low-income families with vegetable plants and engaging the public about growing food.
- ILR Worker Institute Annual Labor Roundtable
Connecting students with leaders from unions and social justice organizations for dynamic, in-depth conversations.
- Learning from Flint and Beyond: The Michigan Emergency Manager Law Research Project
Producing policy briefs that examine the 2011 Michigan Emergency Manager Law and how it has affected local communities.
- Making Films, Friends and Futures
Reducing summer learning loss by teaching middle school students from low-income families to tell stories through film.
- Managing for Social Impact
Understanding how organizations can address social problems, like food insecurity and barriers to re-entry for inmates, with strategies from the business world.
- Our Farms, Our Stories: The Results
Presenting the results of an engaged-learning project in which students interviewed farmers and community leaders to help Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County better understand and increasingly diversified regional farming industry.
- Participatory Program Evaluation Plan for the Cornell Farmworker Program
Evaluating how the Cornell Farmworker Program provides support and resources for the vulnerable immigrant population in New York state.
- People Managing Pests
Using case studies and applied research to increase the effectiveness of community-based programs for invasive species and management in Australia.
- Public Conversations about Climate Change on New England Islands
Educating the public about the local evidence for climate change and its effect on the Isles of Shoals.
- Radical Self-Care for Students Working in Social Justice
Educating community-engaged leaders on the importance of radical self-care.
- Ripple Effect Mapping
Preparing faculty, staff, extension professionals and community organizations to use Ripple Effect Mapping to capture the impact of their efforts.
- Root Maps: A collaborative international theatre project with Kolkata, India and El Paso, Texas
Funding travel for the performance of the collaboratively written play, “Root Maps,” and a community discussion about the project, raising awareness about marginalized identities and border realities in India and the U.S.
- School-Based Nutrition Education and Children’s Diets
Studying the potential disconnect between the nutrition knowledge children gain at school and their eating behaviors at home.
- Sharing the Story of Vietnam Climate Change
Traveling to Washington, D.C. to tell policymakers about climate change’s effect on the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam.
- Spreading Science Literacy with Science Cafés
Enhancing the public’s understanding of scientific discoveries and boosting community learning through informal science cafés.
- Supporting Global and Public Health Student Leadership
Encouraging students to become global health leaders by working with key international partners in the Dominican Republic, Tanzania and Zambia.
- The Black Male Mosaic: Unpacking Divergent Experiences in Global Education
Supporting students as they attend the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education and present what they learn to peers on campus.
- The Rebirth of Living Latin
Funding travel for conference presentations on Living Latin and improving public and media outreach for classical studies.