Campus Networks

Community-Campus Liaisons Council (CCLC)

The Community-Campus Liaisons Council (CCLC) is the professional association for Civil Service Bargaining Unit (CSBU) and Professional/Administrative (P&A) public engagement staff across the University of Minnesota system.  The organization supports public engagement staff professional development with activities like regular networking opportunities, a mentorship program, staff awards, and dissemination of scholarly work.

Cedar Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement (CHANCE)

CHANCE is a student-led, place-based, collaborative initiative that aims to create new and effective partnerships between the University of Minnesota and the Cedar-Riverside community and strengthen local networks committed to engagement in the neighborhood. 

Common Grounds (CG)

CG is a student-led group that brings together students from the University of Minnesota's Law School, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Carlson School of Management, School of Public Health, Medical School and others to engage in community issues with an interdisciplinary approach by providing professional research and consultation to businesses and organization. 

Engaged Scholar Critical Community Engagement Roundtables

Created for faculty and staff on the front lines of the University’s community-engaged work, Critical Community Engagement Roundtables offer challenging discussion, peer support and a safe place to test new ideas. The monthly roundtables are made up of community-engaged practitioners from across the University united by a desire to share their experiences and learn from others working in community-university partnerships. Email Sara Axtell to be added to the email listserv to receive specific topics and meeting reminders.

Engaged Scholar Engaged Teaching Roundtables 

Engaged Teaching Roundtables are an opportunity for instructors to discuss challenges and share best practices in service-learning and other community-engaged learning strategies.  Email Sara Axtell for details.

Imagining America

Connecting with the national organization, Imagining America, the Imagining America University of Minnesota group advances knowledge and creativity through publicly-engaged scholarship that draws on humanities, arts, and design.  Contact Sonja Kuftinec, professor, Theatre Arts and Dance for more information.    

PreK-12 Network

The College Readiness Consortium created and operates the PreK-12 Network to provide U of M faculty and staff who work on, or are interested in, PreK-12 educational issues with the opportunity to come together to build relationships, promote University-wide awareness of PreK-12 work, highlight and discuss issues and opportunities of common concern, and launch working groups and other efforts.

Student Board of Community Engagement

The Student Board of Community Engagement (SBCE) was established by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA), the Minnesota Student Association (MSA), and the Student and Community Relations office to promote student citizenship and sustainable partnerships between University student groups and community organizations near campus. 

University of Minnesota Public Engagement Network (UM-PEN)

A monthly meeting of managers and directors of units that conduct publicly-engaged work to explore the range and scale of engagement work taking place across the University of Minnesota system, receive and share information about upcoming public engagement-related events and opportunities, and offer the Office for Public Engagement and other central campus administrators suggestions and feedback for furthering the University's public engagement agenda.  UM-PEN meets the third Tuesday of each month from 9:00-10:30am.  For more information, please contact Amber Cameron, Associate Director for Public Engagement Initiatives.  


External Networks

Graduate Student Network

As an affiliate network of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), the Graduate Student Network (GSN) hosts a dialogic listserv specifically for graduate students interested in community engagement and service-learning.  Experienced practitioners and scholars are also invited to join the listserv and share their perspectives in support of graduate students.  The listserv includes questions and guidance related to community-engaged research, dissertation committees, teaching as a graduate students, job hunting, publishing, and presenting in academic venues. 

Outreach and Community Engagement Staff Network

The Outreach and Community Engagement Staff Network was created for university staff and non-tenure-track faculty who facilitate and manage ongoing projects, programs, services, research, and relationships with community partners.  The Network recognizes the importance of these professionals as boundary spanners between campus and community and have an emerging professional identity that requires a unique set of skills.  To learn more about the Network, contact Chair Katherine Loving at