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  March 2022

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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


MSU's 2030 Strategic Plan Strengthens Commitment to Community Engagement

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

At the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year, Michigan State University unveiled a bold new vision in the MSU 2030 Strategic Plan.

Twenty months in the making, the ambitious plan launches MSU on a trajectory that will expand opportunity, advance equity, elevate excellence, strengthen community, and foster stewardship. Far from mere visionary rhetoric, the MSU 2030 Strategic Plan, conceived by a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, administrators, and trustees, lays out specific, tangible ways in which MSU will enact these qualities across its mission ... read more


Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

  Ph.D. student, Garrett Weidig, demonstrates new wheelchair capabilities in Bush's mechanical engineering lab  

Wheelchair Users Find Relief with MSU Professor's Innovation

Tamara Reid Bush, Ph.D.
Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

For individuals who are wheelchair dependent, pressure injuries are common and can be a major deterrent to enjoying a high quality of life. These injuries are typically caused by a constant force being applied to the skin and tissues beneath the skin. In collaboration with individuals affected by these injuries, Tamara Reid Bush, professor and interim chairperson of MSU's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and her research team are using their knowledge of biomechanical design to create a wheelchair to ultimately prevent these life-threatening wounds from ever forming ... read more

  With libraries hosting AI literacy programs, underserved youth will learn about the fundamentals of AI and envision how AI can benefit local industries.  

The Future Workplace: Youth Learn to Work with AI

Hee Rin Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Information
College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Human-robot interaction has long been an interest of Hee Rin Lee, assistant professor with the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU. For Lee, the concept of positively combining human work with artificial intelligence (AI) through the use of robots, began while observing individuals in manufacturing plants. She found in these settings, robots have a high chance of replacing human workers, leaving production workers out of employment ... read more

  Damon Ross, program officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and Lottie Ferguson, chief resilience officer for the City of Flint, network at a Flint Leverage Points Project community event.  

Tipping Points to Leverage Points: Modeling Flint's Food Systems

Steven Gray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Community Sustainability
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Food agency—the ability to choose and acquire food that we like and that is healthy—is something many take for granted. But for some, enjoying a variety of food options may not be so easy. Lack of access, availability, resources, or transportation can cause some city residents to experience "food apartheid," a situation in which they are entrapped by dependence on emergency or supplemental food systems. For many urban areas, food access is an ongoing problem hovering at a tipping point ... read more


Announcements and Events


Omamoo Wango Gamik: Creating a Home for Indigenous Youth: Webinar
Community-Based Research Canada
March 17, 2022

Selecting a Journal for Your Community-Engaged Scholarship
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
March 18, 2022

Broader Impacts Workshop Series
MSU Office for Public Engagement Scholarship
March 21, 2022
April 5, 2022
April 12, 2022
April 26, 2022
May 17, 2022

Science Talk '22: Making Connections—The Many Arms of Science Communication
Science Talk
March 23-25, 2022

Omamoo Wango Gamik: Creating a Home for Indigenous Youth: Live Discussion
Community-Based Research Canada
March 24, 2022

COMPACT22 National Conference
Campus Compact
March 29, 2022

Outreach Networking Event Pre-College and Youth Outreach Collective
March 30, 2022

Call for Nominations: 2022 MacJannet Prize
Talloires Network of Engaged Universities
Nomination Deadline: March 30, 2022


Call for Proposals: The Impact of Engaged Scholarship—People, Purpose, and Passion
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Proposal Deadline: March 31, 2022

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
April 1, 2022
May 6, 2022

MSU Science Festival
MSU University Outreach and Engagement
April 1-30, 2022

Call for Applications: Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
Applications Due: April 4, 2022

ARIS Summit
Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)
May 9-27, 2022

Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning: A Comprehensive Experience
MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning
May 16-20, 2022

ESC 2022: The Impact of Engaged Scholarship: People, Purpose, and Passion
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
September 19-22, 2022


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 Michigan State University Press


The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 15


The Engaged Scholar Magazine

The 2021 issue of the Engaged Scholar Magazine looks at how Michigan State University faculty, students, and staff and their community partners adapted to work with each other during the pandemic to create a "new normal" that we can all live with into the future.

View the latest volume


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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