2017-18 Engaged Opportunity Grant Recipients
Cornell faculty and staff are always thinking of ways to create, enhance or participate in community-engaged initiatives, but they might not have the funds to get their ideas off the ground. Engaged Opportunity Grants are designed to help by supporting big and small projects from across the university.
- 2Gen Summer Scholars Program
Students working with local community partners to update services and policies to support both parents and children.
- Alternative Breaks Network for Change
Connecting service-minded students and alumni in New York City.
- Anti-Poverty Policy Assessment
Evaluating the effectiveness of St. Petersburg, Florida’s poverty reduction plan.
- Best Practices in Invasive Species Management
Developing urgently needed guides for managing critical invasive species in New York state.
- Bridging the Policy-Academia Divide
Connecting science faculty and their students with federal policymakers.
- Building Bridges with Communities in Swaziland
Constructing a new pedestrian suspension bridge to provide economic benefits.
- Building Opportunities for High School Students in Colombia
Cornell and Universidad de Magdalena students designing and implementing a project to enrich education at Samario High School.
- Cayuga Lake Watershed Summit
Working collaboratively to monitor, protect and restore the health of the Cayuga Lake watershed.
- Community Development and Empowerment Through Evaluation
Assessing the impact Cornell’s Master of Public Health program has on students and partners.
- Community Driven Research and Social Impact Collaborative in Rural Uganda
Creating vocational training programs for former child soldiers and other community members in rural Uganda.
- ComSciCon-Cornell 2018
Supporting a professional development conference for graduate students interested in science communication.
- Connecting Cornell Students to the Cayuga Nation
Hosting the Cayuga Nation Chief to further the relationship between Cornell students and local indigenous people.
- Cornell Climate Conversations Podcast
Encouraging open and approachable discussion on different viewpoints.
- Cornell Model United Nations Financial Aid Program
Making Cornell’s Model UN Conference available to low-income high school students.
- Course of Trade
Developing the future apparel workforce in New York City.
- Critical Reflection in STEM Service-Learning Internships
Fostering deep learning through international service-learning internships at the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences, Honduras.
- Cultivating Inclusive Leadership Institute
Developing skills for diversity, inclusion, innovation and impact.
- Digital Skills Training for Roosevelt Island Seniors
Creating a customized digital skills training program for residents of the Roosevelt Island senior center.
- Ecological Learning Collaboratory for Food, Healing and Spatial Justice
Conference launching a two-year experimental collaboration to explore learning, dissemination and innovation.
- Engaging Community College Students with Museum Research
Closing the gap facing community college transfer students in accessing research opportunities.
- Engaging the Past, Present and Future in Cultural Preservation in Peru
Collaborating on an interactive exhibit showing connections between pre-history and current-day traditions.
- Equity Preservation: Sharing and Deepening Connections
Funding student and faculty travel to present at the American Planning Association and extend research on landbanking and community land trusts.
- Evaluating Community-Engaged Programs
Assessing how participation in programs offered through the Office of Engagement Initiatives impact student learning, development and well-being.
- Evaluating the Parents Apart Program at the Tompkins County Jail
Gauging the success of a parenting education program for separating and divorcing parents.
- Experiential Learning with Co-ops
Partnering students and cooperative businesses for hands-on projects.
- Families at Risk from the Opioid Epidemic
Evaluating a program that supports families struggling with drug addiction, exploring the connection between opioid abuse and child maltreatment.
- FOR Nepal: Building a Community Center Together
Planning and building a community center in earthquake-ravaged Mhanégang, Nepal.
- Forum on Making Our Histories Visible
Community event to launch collaborations for the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture.
- Global Research for Justice Training and Instructional Support
Developing training materials for the Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI) program.
- A Hidden History
Presenting community-engaged archaeology to the public.
- Higher Education Resource Services Leadership Training
Funding travel for training to bring the philosophy of HERS back to female students of color in pre-professional programs.
- Hitting the Wall
Building vocational skills and self-confidence in disabled youth through an indoor rock climbing program.
- Indigenous Community Planning and Landscape Design
Engaging indigenous communities about development on their native land.
- Local Government Fiscal Stress in New York State
Engaging students in exploring the realities local governments face.
- The Loneliness Project: A Staged Reading of a New Documentary Play
A documentary play addressing profound experiences of isolation in LGBTQ+ youth and senior populations.
- Mapping New York’s Historic and Cultural Landscape
Creating interactive maps that link the state’s intercultural heritage and opportunity landscape.
- Other Powers: Trauma Survivors Reclaim Joy
Exploring how the creative arts, especially poetry and film, can help women explore trauma, survival and joy.
- Poor People’s Campaign
Confronting the “four evils” of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and ecological devastation.
- Powerhouse Tiny Home Mobile Exhibition
Building an educational resource to spread the word about green technology.
- Presenting to the American Society for Nutrition’s Annual Meeting
Funding travel to present on the effectiveness of interventions to protect, promote and support optimal breastfeeding in South Asia.
- Preserving the Ch’ol Language
Creating language resources to empower the Ch’ol-speaking community.
- Promoting Community Resilience through School Programs in Rural Chile
Developing a research and community-engagement partnership in the Atacama region of Chile.
- Public Narrative Workshop
Furthering assessment research on the Cornell Civic Leaders Fellows Program.
- Research and Policy in the New York State Legislature
Creating opportunities for legislators to learn about social science research.
- Responding to Animals in Disasters Workshop
Providing disaster training to veterinary students and staff from regional animal shelters.
- Rethinking Interdisciplinary Studies
Funding travel for a conference presentation on a climate change and service-learning course in Vietnam.
- Risley Presents Andrea Gibson
Hosting poet and LGBTQ+ activist Andrea Gibson to Cornell’s Ithaca campus for a performance and student workshop.
- The Role of Home Care Workers
Understanding the perspectives of home care workers who care for adults with heart failure.
- Rust to Green Binghamton
Funding travel for conference presentations about a university-community partnership for community resiliency and revitalization.
- Selling the Past in Modern-Day Greece
Funding travel for a conference presentation on increasing interest in Greece’s cultural past.
- Shifting Perceptions of Disability
Creating an advocacy development opportunity for people with disabilities to take on leadership roles within program services and in the community.
- Social-Ecological Resilience in Design Studios
Funding travel for a conference presentation on social-ecological resilience in climate-threatened communities.
- Strengthening Higher Education Program Approvals
Creating a more efficient application process for the New York State Education Department’s Office of College and University Evaluation.
- Student Engagement at the COP23 Climate Conference
Including students in the Cornell delegation for the 23rd United Nations climate conference.
- Tax Compliance Education
Helping low-income and elderly taxpayers understand recent changes in tax laws.
- Tick-Borne Illness in Primary Care
Identifying knowledge gaps and creating training programs to educate primary-care clinicians about tick-borne diseases.
- Tompkins County Science Hub
Exploring science literacy needs in the Tompkins County community.
- Turning Undergraduates into Science Storytellers
Funding travel to present on bringing public engagement and digital platforms into science education.
- Ujamaa Community Abroad Experience in Cuba
Supporting a cultural immersion trip for students in the Ujamaa Residential College.