Advancing Cornell University's mission through community-engaged learning.
The Office of Engagement Initiatives:
- champions research, curricula and co-curricular activities that are identified, designed and implemented with partner communities
- contributes to solutions that overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges
- prepares students to become global citizens leading social change
- inspires a new generation of teaching, leadership and research at Cornell and beyond
How is our work different from other public engagement at Cornell?
Community-engaged learning is a type of public engagement — one with partnerships and students at its core. In community-engaged learning, 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. The Office of Engagement Initiatives celebrates this long history and — through a generous gift from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust — deepens Cornell’s community-engaged activities.
Why is this important?
Community-engaged learning 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?
We offer community-engaged learning opportunities and resources for faculty, staff and students who are ready to take a deeper dive or who have been doing this work for years.