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Community Engagement Staff Institute

The Community Engagement Staff Institute (CESI) was held June 1, 2016, 8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m., in 102 Mann Library.

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The Community Engagement Staff Institute (CESI) is a professional development opportunity for staff who support community engagement at Cornell. Together with faculty and academic staff across campus, staff serve important roles in supporting undergraduate and graduate students who will become a new generation of engaged leaders. This institute seeks to further build the capacity and network of these staff members whose efforts transform higher education through programs that partner with local, national, and global communities.

This institute will deepen participants’ understanding of the community engagement field and provide time to reflect on professional development, the various roles involved in facilitating high quality community engagement, and best practices in community engagement. Participating in CESI will provide participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of community engagement at Cornell and connect staff to the public engagement mission of the university.

Practitioners and program administrators play a key role in supporting and enacting community engagement at Cornell. This is a unique opportunity to become involved with Engaged Cornell, and CESI seeks to support your professional development as a community-engaged practitioner.


Community Engagement 101:

  • Define the community engagement field
  • Map Cornell programs in community engagement

Diving Deep in Community Engagement: A Model for Professional Development:

  • Complete inventory and determine core “competency” areas for professionals
  • Explore professional roles and practices that support community engagement

Stakeholder Analysis:

  • Identify strategies for working with key stakeholders to advance community engagement practice
  • Create a professional development action plan


CESI is intended to support:

  • staff who directly lead or support community-engagement initiatives with students
  • internship or other career services professionals who support student placements
  • cooperative extension association members
  • other student services staff

CESI is not intended to support: