Engaged Opportunity Grants

Common Ground: Cornell and Ithaca Students Writing Together

Bringing together Cornell and Ithaca City School District students for collaborative writing, tutoring and mentoring, and strengthening university-community relations.

Common Ground is a first-year writing seminar that brings together students from Cornell and the Ithaca City School District for a semester-long service learning experience. This collaboration allows Cornell students to become better integrated into the larger Ithaca community and help middle school and high school students through collaborative writing, tutoring and mentoring. The Cornell students are able to strengthen their writing skills by responding to readings about education equity and reforms in U.S. public education while working with students in local schools who are affected by national, state and local decisions regarding education issues. At the end of the semester, Boynton Middle School students visit the Cornell campus and, with their mentors, present joint research projects, an experience that demystifies the university for these young students.

Grant category: Other

The Team


In The News

APRIL 25, 2017 
Cornell, Boynton students find common ground through writing
– Cornell Chronicle


Engaged Opportunity Grants

Supporting a wide range of community-engaged projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.

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