On Wednesday, March 2, Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University visited UConn for an informational and engaging discussion about Community Engagement Scholarship: Impacts, Metrics, and Benchmarks of Change. To see the talk and powerpoint slides, please see the links below.
In May President Herbst and Provost Mun Choi announced the first major financial awards in support of the Academic Vision’s Path to Excellence. Totaling almost $10 million, the awards represent a milestone in UConn’s continuing efforts to achieve the academic goals set for the University. These grants support research across a wide variety of disciplines and departments – the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and professional schools and colleges.
Included in the announcement was recognition of the University’s increased investment in Public Engagement and community partnership initiatives:
“During the past decade, UConn has made impressive strides in public engagement in the form of engaged scholarship, service-learning courses and experiences, and mature community partnerships. Additional funding will enable the Office of Public Engagement and its Director, Dr. Carol Polifroni, to develop additional outreach/engagement programs and support engaged and translational scholarship. This funding will continue our support for our UConn Cities Collaborative project that serves the public good with relevant, responsible and reciprocal programs.”
A number of research grants were made along with major grants to support the Center for Genome Innovation and a new Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science as well as funding for the Humanities Institute’s Public Discourse Project. Investment is also committed to support for teaching excellence and equipment to enhance research technology.
The full text of the announcement may be found in UConn Today.
A team of faculty and staff members from the UConn Cities Collaborative (UCC) Steering Committee attended the Sustainable Cities Year Conference held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Over 50 people from 23 universities attended the conference, which took place April 12-14. Nine universities attended the event for a second or third time to share their SCY-launching experiences and best practices.
The conference offered training for university representatives and city officials interested in adopting and adapting the SCY model to their home institutions and community contexts. It also provided targeted capacity-building sessions such as external communications, program evaluation, and best practices for working with city partners.
Professors Anne Farrell and Kristin Schwab presented an update on the UCC initiative and communicating with city partners. Barbara McGrath of CULI, Inc. was the third member of the team bringing new insight and energy to the UCC iniative which has a pilot partnership with the City of Bridgeport and a newly formed collaboration with Hartford.