As we begin the spring semester, I want to bring to your attention some of the many resources available through the University’s Office for Public Engagement (OPE) to support individuals, groups, and units across the system engaged in partnership work with external entities. These resources include:
- Faculty development workshops on key topics such as community partnership development, community-engaged research methodologies, promotion and tenure issues for community-engaged scholars, service-learning course development, and more;
- Opportunities and support for undergraduate and graduate students interested in community-engaged research, or academic courses that contain community engagement opportunities;
- Directories to locate individuals and groups across the University engaged in community-partnered work, including the Community-Engaged Scholar Directory, Community-Campus Liaison Directory, directory of community-engaged Centers and Units, as well as a list of links to a wide variety of University-wide searchable tools, such as Youth Central, the Hennepin-University Partnership Experts database, and the Extension Staff Directory;
- A systemwide Public Engagement Council that has addressed more than 40 policy issues, helping to expand opportunities while reducing barriers to community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach throughout the University system; and
- A monthly e-newsletter and robust website at engagement.umn.edu that provide feature stories and profiles, as well as up-to-date information on events, internal and external awards, workshops, funding and grant availability, networking and professional development opportunities, and more.
I encourage you and the members of your unit to take advantage of these and the other available public engagement support services by visiting engagement.umn.edu or connecting with the staff at the Office for Public Engagement.
Associate Vice President for Public Engagement