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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards

MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony Highlights Exemplary University-Community Partnerships

Michigan State University has the most extensive academic support structure designed to advance its community engagement scholarship mission in the nation, and this year MSU deepened it with the inaugural University Outreach and Engagement Annual Awards Ceremony.

Presentations were made at the February 21 event at the Kellogg Center with an audience that included award recipients and their families, community partners, deans, colleagues, and students.

During her tenure, President Lou Anna K. Simon has advocated and affirmed university-community partnerships. "Community-engaged scholarship is at the heart of our land-grant tradition, and is firmly embedded in our culture. A university that recognizes itself as a vital component of a local or regional community understands that its partners must share in assessing their challenges and creating knowledge that can lead to enduring solutions." ... read more


Gathering data for the American Religious Sounds Project

Creating an Aural Record of Religion in the American Midwest

One Sunday early in April, a large group of people gathered in East Lansing to participate in an interfaith event, A Community Pilgrimage. The pilgrims gathered at Congregation Shaarey Zedek and made their way to the Islamic Center of East Lansing, with a stop at the Peoples Church of East Lansing en route. They were accompanied by researcher Amy DeRogatis and a few of her students, who were gathering data for the American Religious Sounds Project, trying to capture the sounds of religion.

The project brings researchers and students together with communities of faith to explore the diversity of religious practice. It encourages participants to ask what makes a sound religious and to explore the boundaries between public and private expressions of faith.

Leading the program are Amy DeRogatis, professor of religion and American culture at Michigan State University, and Isaac Weiner, associate professor of religion and culture at Ohio State University. Truly co–principal investigators with a deep interest in learning more about religious expression in the American context, DeRogatis and Weiner bring different perspectives to the research at hand ... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Bengt Arnetz, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Individual Care to Population Health: Working with Refugees

It is widely acknowledged that health care is experiencing a major transformation that includes economic, cultural, political, and societal quandaries. As issues in modern medicine have evolved, stakeholders are increasingly invested and involved in the health care sphere, impacting the way physicians and physicians-in-training approach their work.

Bengt Arnetz leads a department at Michigan State University that is focused on integrating education, research, and practice to address the spectrum of care, from individuals to emerging developments in population health ... read more


Looking for Project 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 to work on a specific research issue, University Outreach and Engagement can help you. Our staff, specialists, and researchers have established connections across the state in a number of 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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MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
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.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from MSU Press

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement 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.

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