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May 2023

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Message from the Associate Provost

Kwesi Brookins, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

Celebrating Our Scholars

As we emerge from another Michigan winter, signs of spring abound on campus—colorful flowers dot the landscape and magnolia trees are in full bloom. It is also a time to celebrate our graduates as they prepare to use the skills and knowledge they have gained here to contribute to their communities in Michigan, across the United States, and around the globe.

It has been a thrill to become part of that enterprise here at Michigan State University as associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement (UOE). Since joining UOE in January, I have seen firsthand the depth and breadth of university-community partnerships that drew me back to MSU.

I say "back" because I am a returning Spartan. I earned my doctorate in ecological/community psychology and Master of Arts in psychology from MSU. More recently, I served as vice provost for University Outreach and Engagement and director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement at North Carolina State University.

While I take pride in the work we did at NC State, what attracted me to MSU was the opportunity to lead the premiere outreach and engagement office in the nation. MSU has a reputation for its groundbreaking work in this field. I am excited about the ways that, together with our community partners, we can continue to share our vast and varied resources in ways that can positively impact the university, the state, and beyond ... read more

Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Latimore helps volunteers with the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program identify plants and differentiate between native and invasive species.

Equipping 'Citizen Scientists' to Protect the Lakes and Streams They Love

Jo Latimore, Ph.D.
Senior Specialist, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Director, Michigan Clean Water Corps
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

As an MSU aquatic ecologist, Jo Latimore visits hundreds of lakes and streams each year.

But the one closest to the heart is a tiny inland lake nestled among bogs and wetlands near a cabin that's been in her family for generations. She vividly recalls days spent lounging on the dock catching baby turtles and bluegills with her dad. "It's just so quiet and so beautiful," Latimore said... read more

NCHATS consortium partner panel

Addressing Suicide Prevention Among a High-Risk Population

Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D.
C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
College of Human Medicine

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with one suicide reported every 11 minutes. As with other serious public health challenges, suicide does not discriminate, and people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk. However, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), certain identifiers can determine populations at an increased risk.

Among the groups with a higher risk: Individuals coming into contact with the criminal legal system ... read more

Announcements and Events

Call for Applications: 2023-2024 Engaged Scholars Initiative Cohort
Campus Compact
Application Deadline: May 8, 2023

Urban Engagement, Entwined: Examining the Intersecting Impacts of the Pandemic and Identity-based Justice Movements on Community Engagement in Urban Spaces (Webinar)
International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
May 16, 2023

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
June 2, 2023 (Virtual)
July 7, 2023 (Virtual)
August 4, 2023 (Virtual)

Call for Applications: Joy of Giving Something Fellows Program
Imagining America
Application Deadline: June 5, 2023

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

Call for Applications: Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellows Program
Imagining America
Application Deadline: June 30, 2023

2023 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
East Lansing, Michigan
October 2-5, 2023

2023 University Economic Development Association Summit
University Economic Development Association
Salt Lake City, Utah
October 8-10, 2023

2023 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
Washington, DC
October 15-18, 2023

Community-Engaged Scholarship Writing Retreat
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
Grand Rapids, Michigan
October 19-20, 2023

2023 Imagining America National Gathering
Imagining America
Providence, Rhode Island
October 20-22, 2023

2023 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference
International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 25-27, 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.

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 Kwesi Brookins, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at (517) 353-8977, or brooki16@msu.edu.

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