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  March 2021

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Message from the Interim Associate Provost

  Laurie Van Egeren, Interim Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

Laurie Van Egeren, Interim Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement


Dear Engaged Spartans and our partners in Michigan and around the world,

One of the great privileges of the Office of University Outreach and Engagement is recognizing and awarding the exceptional engaged work of our faculty, staff, students, and community partners. Our annual celebration of their accomplishments declares how deeply MSU values their commitment to meaningful collaborations that reflect both scholarly integrity and real-world impact.

Each partnership we celebrate highlights diverse expressions of experience and knowledge, enacted in ethical and equitable ways to address challenging issues locally and around the world ... read more


Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

  Blueberries are an important crop in southwest Michigan.  

La Cosecha (The Harvest): Growing Sustainable Farming Businesses

David Mota-Sanchez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

New farmers attempting to establish a profitable farming business face daunting challenges: a steep learning curve, expensive acreage and equipment, federal and local guidelines, the need for credentials and business savvy, stiff competition, and a declining labor force, to say nothing of pest damage and climate concerns. For Latino/a farmers, these challenges can be intensified by cultural and linguistic barriers. For new farmers to be successful, access to funding and up-to-date information is indispensable.

David Mota-Sanchez, assistant professor in MSU's Department of Entomology, directs La Cosecha, a three-year training program for first and next generation Latino/a farmers, that seeks to help farmers access the resources they need to establish sustainable farms that can potentially be passed to the next generation ... read more

  Brad Willcuts in the MSU Auditorium lobby.  

Commemorating the Year of COVID in Dance and Spoken Narrative

Brad Willcuts, MFA
Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre
College of Arts and Letters

Dance is for the most part a social thing. People tend to dance together. So you might think doing collaborative dance projects during a pandemic lockdown would be impossible.

Brad Willcuts thinks otherwise.

Willcuts is an assistant professor who teaches musical theatre and choreography in MSU's Department of Theatre. He has a long-standing interest in virtual reality and other technological enhancements to the performance experience.

He is also always on the lookout for projects that engage with the public. Currently he has several irons in the fire ... read more

  Left to right, Johannes Bauer, director, MSU Quello Center; Keith Hampton, director of academic research, MSU Quello Center; Craig Robertson, Ph.D. student; Laleah Fernandez, assistant director, MSU Quello Center  

Critical Connections: Rural Broadband Access and School Learning Gaps

Keith Hampton, Ph.D.
Professor and Quello Center Associate Director for Academic Research
Department of Media and Information
College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Johannes M. Bauer, Ph.D.
Professor, Quello Center Director, and Quello Chair in Media and Information Policy
Department of Media and Information
College of Communication Arts and Sciences

In groundbreaking research led by Keith Hampton, professor in MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Johannes M. Bauer, professor and MSU Quello Center director, there is now evidence that middle and high school students who cannot connect sufficiently to the Internet at home are falling behind in educational accomplishments. It has been called the homework gap, but it's so much more than that.

Partnering with Merit Network, a Michigan nonprofit with extensive roots in technology development and advocacy, Hampton and Bauer worked with a dedicated network of collaborators to measure and quantify the realities of broadband access in rural communities, and what it means for educating Michigan's students. ... read more


Announcements and Events


MSU Science Festival
MSU University Outreach and Engagement
April 1-30, 2021

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
April 2, 2021
May 7, 2021
June 4, 2021
July 2, 2021
August 6, 2021

Broader Impacts 101 Webinar
Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)
April 6, 2021
June 2, 2021

Scholarship and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference
Harvard University
April 8-9, 2021

Emerging Engagement Scholarship Workshop
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Exploring the Social Change Wheel: Working Toward Anti-Racism,
Equity, and an Expanded Definition of Community-Engaged Learning

MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning
April 19, 2021

Broader Impacts Advanced Topic: Broader Impacts Identity
Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)
April 21, 2021

Critical Consciousness for Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning
Campus Compact
April 22, 2021

Technology for Outreach and Engaging Sessions: Tools for Pre-college Programs
Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference Webinar
April 22, 2021


Pen to Paper Writing Retreat
Indiana Campus Compact
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2021

Science Olympiad State Tournament
MSU University Outreach and Engagement; Michigan Science Olympiad
May 1, 2021

Panel Discussion on Gender in Global Development
May 5, 2021

Conceptualizing and Assessing the Broader Impacts of Your Research
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
May 10, 2021

2021 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
June 2-4 and June 9-11, 2021

Joy of Giving Something (JGS) Fellowship (undergraduate students)
Imagining America
June 4, 2021

Broader Impacts Advanced Topic: Evaluating Broader Impacts Activities
Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)
June 16, 2021

Call for Applications: Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellows Program
Imagining America
Application Deadline: July 9, 2021

2021 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
September 13-15, 2021

Community-Engaged Scholarship Writing Retreat
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
October 14-15, 2021


Outreach and Engagement Resources


MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This 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 Community Engaged Learning 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


The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 14


The Engaged Scholar Magazine

The 2019 issue of the Engaged Scholar Magazine looks at Detroit's resurgence, how it is being driven by public-private-nonprofit partnerships, and how MSU is playing a part.

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Looking for Community Partners?

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, University Outreach and Engagement may be able to help you. Our staff and researchers have connections across the state in 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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