Advancing Cornell's mission through community-engaged learning, leadership and research.
Engaged Cornell is:
- championing research, curricula and co-curricular activities that are identified, designed and implemented with partner communities
- contributing to solutions that overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges
- preparing students to become global citizens leading social change
- inspiring a new generation of teaching, leadership and research at Cornell and beyond
How is this different from other public engagement at Cornell?
Community-engaged learning, leadership and research are types of public engagement — ones with partnerships and students at their core. In community-engaged work, community partners are equal players, and projects are created, developed and carried out collaboratively with students from the start.
Public engagement has been central to Cornell’s mission since the university’s founding in 1865. Engaged Cornell celebrates this long history, and — through a generous gift from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust — deepens Cornell’s community-engaged activities.
What does Engaged Cornell look like in action?
You can see Engaged Cornell across campus and around the world in work led by students, faculty, staff and their community partners. Cornell’s colleges and schools offer a vast array of engaged programming, which is supported and augmented by many other units on campus, including those in the Engaged Cornell Hub.
To learn about Engaged Cornell work happening around the world, catch-up on recent news.
Why is this important?
Community-engaged learning, leadership and research can:
- advance disciplinary research in ways that are both rigorous and creative
- enhance classroom learning by giving students hands-on, practical experience tackling critical challenges at home and around the world
- empower students to become active citizens who practice respect and empathy; seek collaboration, cooperation and creativity; and embrace differences and diversity
- further community partners’ missions and goals by harnessing the best of what partners, faculty and students bring to the collaboration
- address complex global issues through partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration
How do I get involved?
Cornell offers opportunities and resources for faculty, staff and students who are exploring what it means to engage with communities, those ready to take a deeper dive and those who have been doing this work for years.