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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Indigenous Law and Policy Center Collaborations Span Tribal, State, and Federal Courts

Indigenous Law and Policy Center Collaborations Span Tribal, State, and Federal Courts

The MSU College of Law is home to the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. As the director, Matthew L.M. Fletcher heads up a program that trains law students to work with, and provide services within, Indian Country.

American Indian tribes have the right to self-govern. According to Fletcher, American Indian law routinely intersects with state and federal law and that makes it highly useful to have a working knowledge of indigenous law and its history. Even when a law student does not intend to practice in the area of indigenous law, knowledge acquired on the subject can provide further understanding about judicial practice.

In Michigan, there are twelve federally-recognized American Indian tribes and each has its own court system. Fletcher is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, located in the northwestern section of Michigan's Lower Peninsula near Traverse City ... read more

Kerem B'Yavneh: Come Sow the Seeds of Torah

Meaningful Play in the Digital Age

From children tossing a stick in the yard to grand masters facing off across a chessboard, people like to play games. Since the advent of computers, the ways many people choose to play has changed. In 2016, the Entertainment Software Association reported that 63 percent of households in the United States have at least one person playing three or more hours of video games every week. In 2015, consumers spent $23.5 billion on computer gaming.

While many video games are developed purely as entertainment, there are people developing games for learning and other outcomes. Here at Michigan State, the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab works with external partners to create "serious" games, games that are designed to generate meaningful outcomes for those who play them. Through its partnerships, the Lab seeks to advance knowledge about the effects of digital games on people and society. Graduate and undergraduate students are employed and afforded opportunities to extend their learning through project research and development ... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

MSU Alumnus Joe Johnson is launching the business startup Modern Fitness Dissolvable Protein Scoops

From Ideas to Reality for Emerging Entrepreneurs

College is the perfect place to push your intellectual and creative boundaries. It is an environment that nurtures expansive thinking, creativity, and ingenuity. So what happens when someone at MSU has a really good idea and they want to put it into action?

When those ideas are taken a step further and produce viable products and services, they also become business startups and turn people with good ideas into entrepreneurs. That is where the Spartan Innovations team can help ... read more

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 Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at (517) 353-8977 or bb@msu.edu.


We would like to hear from you. Contact us with comments, suggestions, announcements, or "engaged scholar" project information for future e-newsletters. Send to: engaged.scholar@msu.edu.


MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This program prepares graduate students for 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

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