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Community Engagement. Community engagement describes the collaboration between Cornell and our larger communities (local, region/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Partnership. Partnerships are ongoing long-term relationships, in which each partner brings individual goals, needs, assets, and strategies, and through collaborative processes blends them into common goals and outcomes. Examples of partnerships.

Community. Community is defined broadly as a “group of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social ties, share common perspectives, or engage in joint action in geographical locations or settings.” Although not all communities are defined by geography, geographical communities may be local, regional, national, international, or global. Examples of communities involved in academic partnerships include, for example, a neighborhood, town, government office or program, non-governmental organization, school, not-for-profit organization, small business, museum, civic group, labor union, cancer support group network, health facility, or an industry partner.


MacQueen et al., Community-Based Participatory Research. American Journal of Public Health 2001; 91 (12): 1929-38.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.