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.
- 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.
- Cayuga Lake Watershed Summit
Working collaboratively to monitor, protect and restore the health of the Cayuga Lake watershed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Digital Skills Training for Roosevelt Island Seniors
Creating a customized digital skills training program for residents of the Roosevelt Island senior center.
- Engaging Community College Students with Museum Research
Closing the gap facing community college transfer students in accessing research opportunities.
- 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 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.
- A Hidden History
Presenting community-engaged archaeology to the public.
- 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.
- Poor People’s Campaign
Confronting the “four evils” of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and ecological devastation.
- 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.
- The Role of Home Care Workers
Understanding the perspectives of home care workers who care for adults with heart failure.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.