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The Year of Global Africa

The 2018 issue of the Engaged Scholar Magazine explores MSU's rich history and connection with partners across Africa and throughout the African diaspora. It includes descriptions of diverse engagement activities that illustrate MSU's longtime focus on sustainable, effective, and equitable long-term partnerships in Africa and around the world.

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Engagement Scholarship Consortium Names Distinguished Engaged Scholar Award in Honor of Hiram Fitzgerald

Research that Makes a Difference: MSU Part of $5.2M National Center for the Impacts of Research in Society

Year of Global Africa: Mini Grants for Events
Application deadline: November 21, 2018

National Alliance for Broader Impacts 2019 Summit
Proposal deadline: November 26, 2018

Special Edition of Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education: Critical Service Learning
Submissions deadline: November 30, 2018

Network for Global Civic Engagement Grants, Fellowships
Application deadline: December 1, 2018

Global Youth Advancement Summit
Proposal deadline: December 31, 2018

Philosophy from All Walks of Life Conference
Proposal deadline: January 31, 2019

Gateways International Journal of Community Research and Engagement
Call for abstracts deadline: February 15, 2019

Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship
Application deadline: April 5, 2019

MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
Program prepares graduate students for academic careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Tools of Engagement Learning Modules
Online curriculum modules are available for use by MSU faculty to introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from MSU Press

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

'I've saved lives and changed lives through the eyes of my students, and our partners,' said Gary Willyerd. Gary Willyerd, D.O., FACOEP, FAODME
Associate Dean, Detroit Medical Center
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Peru, Public Health, and Purpose: Global Outreach Program Offers Valuable Experiences for Future Osteopathic Physicians

Gary Willyerd knows that diverse experiences lead to more skilled and adept physicians. He leads the Global Outreach Program for the College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), recruiting students, physicians, and community partners who provide basic healthcare and education to people in Peru, Guatemala, Cuba, and other places in need.

The program is part of a comprehensive educational experience offered by MSUCOM. Willyerd leads the Detroit campus, and is responsible for educating future osteopathic physicians who will accept responsibility for bringing health and wellness to others.

Osteopathic physicians are trained to look at the whole person and apply a holistic approach to patient care. That includes learning about the patient's lifestyle and community ... read more

The inaugural Spartan Project SEARCH graduating class gathers for a group photo after commencement festivities. Connie Sung, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Marisa Fisher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
College of Education

Preparing Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for the Workforce

For many young people, transitioning from youth to adulthood is stressful. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), the anxiety and obstacles experienced during that time can be overwhelming. Connie Sung and Marisa Fisher, researchers with MSU's Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, co-direct Spartan Project SEARCH, a program that helps transition-aged youth with IDD overcome some of those obstacles.

Project SEARCH is an international program that works in collaboration with local and intermediate school districts and vocational rehabilitation agencies. It works at the state level to place individuals with IDD into internships at various host businesses during their final year of high school (between ages 18-26). MSU is the first large public university to be a host site for Project SEARCH ... read more

Delanie Pope, MSU assistant professor and attorney at the MSU Chance at Childhood Law and Social Work Clinic, was Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2017 Woman of the Year for her work providing assistance and access to the court system for those unable to afford legal representation. Delanie P. Pope, J.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
College of Social Science

MSU Clinic Teaches Students to Shepherd Children through the Courts

As Assistant Friend of the Court for Ingham County, Robert Hotchkiss sees firsthand how frustrating it can be for parents—especially low-income parents who can't afford an attorney—to navigate through the legal system. When custody concerns come before the court, the Friend of the Court helps the court determine what decisions are in the best interest of the children involved. There are, however, limits to what the office can do.

"The Friend of the Court cannot provide legal advice to our clients," Hotchkiss explained. "The MSU Chance at Childhood Law and Social Work Clinic helps our office directly. Their Self-Help Clinic and supervised parenting time program provide necessary services to our clients in the areas of legal guidance and supervising parenting time."

Delanie Pope is the staff attorney for the MSU Chance at Childhood Law and Social Work Clinic in East Lansing. In 2017, she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Joe Kozakiewicz is the program director, and Kim Battjes is the program coordinator ... read more

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Upcoming Events

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
East Lansing, Michigan
December 7, 2018

MSU Awards Convocation
East Lansing, MI
February 5, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Conference
Sydney, Australia
February 11-13, 2019

MSU Global Engagement Speaker Series—Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl
East Lansing, Michigan
February 19, 2019

3rd Annual MSU University Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony
East Lansing, Michigan
February 20, 2019

MSU Global Engagement Speaker Series—Iman Nuwayhid
East Lansing, Michigan
March 12, 2019

MSU Science Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
April 5-20, 2019

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University-Community Partnerships

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a community partnership to work on a specific research issue, University Outreach and Engagement can help you. Our staff, specialists, and researchers have established connections across the state in a number of areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Laurie Van Egeren, Interim Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at (517) 353-8977, or vanegere@msu.edu.

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