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December 2022

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Message from the Interim Associate Provost

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

Exciting New Changes Coming to UOE

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

In the last remaining weeks before a new year approaches, we often find ourselves in quiet reflection – recalling great achievements and challenging obstacles, while looking forward to the opportunities a new year brings.

The upcoming year will see a period of transition in leadership in the Office of University Outreach and Engagement (UOE), as we welcome Dr. Kwesi Brookins as associate provost.

I am so appreciative for the opportunity to have served in this position for the past few years, and I'm immensely proud of the work UOE has accomplished. Thanks to the commitment of my dedicated, generous, and brilliant colleagues, we have been able to effectively fulfill the mission of UOE by facilitating engaged scholarship among faculty, staff, students, and community partners ... read more

Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Camp for internally displaced persons in Bamako, Mali 2022

Peacebuilding in Mali Through Photovoice

Stephen L. Esquith, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH)

More than 60 years ago, the landlocked west African country of Mali was regarded as a developing nation moving toward democracy. However, since the coup d'état in 2012, the country has faced an increasing amount of violence and is currently governed by military junta. Conflicts between differing ethnic groups as well as tensions between armed government forces and civilians, made worse by armed intervention by terrorist and mercenary groups, have left Malians displaced from their homes and seeking refuge in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps within Mali.

Unlike refugees, who cross national borders, internally displaced persons don't have the same amount of international protection, emergency assistance, or development aid. To date, there are ten official IDP camps in Mali, supporting more than 420,000 documented (and many more undocumented) individuals including three camps in and around the capitol city of Bamako in the southwestern region of the country ... read more

Students are able to participate in a variety of learning activities including computer programming and an introduction to robotics.

Encouraging Diversity in the Field of Engineering

Teresa Vandersloot
Director, Women in Engineering
College of Engineering

A single sheet of standard-sized printer paper is all it takes to elicit a popular childhood memory. Strategically folding and unfolding, creasing and rotating, until a perfectly crafted, lightweight flying machine is engineered.

Paper airplanes can provide endless entertainment, but the creation process and overall design can also teach students the best ways to increase (or decrease) distance, speed, and overall flyability while taking constraints and limitations into consideration. This seemingly simple activity is often one of the first introductions to engineering students have ... read more

Announcements and Events

Call for Applications: Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship
National Academy of Sciences
Application deadline: January 11, 2023

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
January 13, 2023
February 3, 2023
March 3, 2023
April 7, 2023
May 5, 2023

Call for Proposals: 2023 C2UExpo (Community Campus Exposition)
Community-Based Research Canada
Proposal submission deadline: January 23, 2023

Higher Education for More Just, Inclusive, Sustainable Communities
The Community-Based Global Learning Collaborative
February 2, 2023

Youth GO: A Participatory Qualitative Approach to Engaging Young People in Evaluation and Research
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
February 14, 2023

Fundamentals of Publishing Your Community-Engaged Scholarship
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
February 17, 2023

Broader Impacts Writing Retreat
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
February 24, 2023

Spring Community-Engaged Scholarship Writing Retreat
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
March 6-8, 2023

Winning Strategies for NSF Career Proposals
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
March 14, 2023

Selecting a Journal for Your Community-Engaged Scholarship
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
March 17, 2023

MSU Science Festival
MSU University Outreach and Engagement
April 1-30, 2023

2023 C2UExpo (Community-Campus Exposition)
Community-Based Research Canada
June 5-8, 2023

ESC 2023 International Conference
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
October 4-5, 2023

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

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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.

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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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