Frequently Asked Questions
Updated June 18, 2020
For Office of Engagement Initiatives grantees, program participants, applicants and friends
Do you have a question related to COVID-19 that isn’t answered below? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support in my Home Community
What resources does your office have to support me serving my home community?
We hosted a Serve in Place workshop in April, and we will post a recording of it soon. By watching, you will learn how to find in-person and remote service opportunities in your hometown and beyond (including ones led by Cornell alumni), prepare for ethical action and critically reflect on your experience and purpose.
Is the funding to support community-engaged learning projects during pandemic?
Yes! Serve in Place Fund applications for winter-break projects will open in November.
Engaged Leadership Programs
Can I pause my/my group’s participation in the leadership programs?
Of course. Please e-mail email@example.com to let us know. We’ll be happy to help you start again when you are ready. If your group makes a collective decision to pause their participation for the rest of the semester, you can pick up where you left off in fall 2020.
I am new to community-engaged learning but I want to help my students connect and be useful to community partners in a difficult time. How do I start?
COVID-19 has impacted my ability to proceed with my approved community-engaged learning plans. How can I adapt?
You can request a no-cost extension if you want to push pause on your funded activities and resume them later.
How do I help my students feel grounded and relevant?
Check out the resources on the Canvas site under Teaching in Difficult Times.
I’m part of a grant and am relying on a vendor agreement to pay my staff for some upcoming work. Can I receive advanced payment?
These requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific questions about your situation.