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Message from the Vice Provost

Kwesi Brookins, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

Celebrating Science and Scholarship

Like many units here at Michigan State University, much of the work we do at University Outreach and Engagement happens under the radar, in quiet spaces like conference venues and classrooms.

That’s why I love this time of year. We get to play “outside,” starting with MSU Science Festival in April. Throughout the month, community members are invited to attend free events celebrating and exploring science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Adults and children can choose from 200 age-appropriate activities, ranging from statewide astronomy nights to developing film with beer, creating edible ice cream aquifers, and learning about robots, recycling, and regenerative medicine.

The fun continues May 24-25, when the 40th Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament returns ... Read more

Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Alyse Ley, D.O., director of Prevent 2 Protect, and Frank Straub, of Safe and Sound Schools, participated in a panel discussion moderated by Norm Beauchamp Jr., M.D., executive vice president for MSU Health Sciences, at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference. L to R: Beauchamp, Steve Hinkley of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Ley, and Straub.

Prevent 2 Protect: Preventing Adolescent Acts of Violence Through Community Collaboration

In 2018, Aaron Stark stood on stage in Boulder, Colorado, and began his Ted Talk by uttering the words, “I was almost a school shooter.” Stark, a high school student in 1996, admitted through tear-streaked eyes and a quivering voice that in a moment of pain and anger, he almost committed a terrible atrocity.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report documenting 93 school shootings with casualties at public and private schools across the United States in 2020-21, and those numbers have only continued to increase.

But what if there was a way to prevent these incidents from ever taking place long before students reached ...


Children use scissors, glue sticks--and imagination--to create mixed-media collages.

Sharing Olympic Values Through the Arts

Scissors and glue sticks, words and images.

Using these simple tools and elements, MSU Professor Kelly Salchow MacArthur shared her passion for art and sport with children in Paris ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympic games.

The two-time Olympian visited two children’s centers October 23-28, 2023, as part of the Olympian Artists Program, run through the Olympic Museum and the Olympic Foundation for Culture.

“We start with a word and an image, which have individual meanings, but when we combine them, we create a new message for the viewer,” said Salchow MacArthur. “It’s a very accessible, engaging, low-tech art and design process.” ...


Professor Rhonda Conner-Warren talks with students in her community health course before they begin their clinical day at Focus: HOPE in Detroit.

Helping Children and Families Breathe Easier in Detroit

Amid the happy hubbub of a preschool classroom after recess, MSU nursing student Lexie Salazar leans in with a stethoscope to listen to a 4-year-old’s lung sounds.

She’ll note any differences between the little girl’s breathing before and after her time playing outside on this unseasonably warm March day at FOCUS: Hope’s Center for Children in Detroit. Founded in 1968, FOCUS: Hope offers early education and other programs including job training and senior services aimed at countering the effects of racism, poverty, and social injustice.

While the balmy temperatures put a smile on the children’s faces, they can also trigger breathing problems for students with asthma. That’s a ...


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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