Types of Community Engagement
Community Engagement Models
The following community engagement models are supported by the Office of Community Engagement through community-engaged learning courses, student employment, or volunteer opportunities for groups or individuals.
Projects that intentionally bring people together to simply get to know one another. Examples include the Morris Community Meal.
Projects that provide instructional services or curricula, or serve to educate the public about a social issue (in a non-partisan way). Examples include the TREC program, Community ESL classes, and Gather in the Park.
Projects that bring people together with the goal of solving a community issue. Please note that OCE cannot work on partisan issues, but can contribute to creating solutions for non-partisan, local issues. An example is assistance in establishing the Latino Parent Advisory Board for the local school.
Projects that intentionally bring people together to build understanding across differences.
Projects that provide a service or product to an individual, group, or the community as a whole. Examples include filling a volunteer shift at a local organization, creating social media tools for an organization, or creating a community mural.
Projects that work on developing the regional economy in a sustainable way. Note that OCE does not partner with for-profit entities except when doing so would benefit the community as a whole and not the for-profit only organization. Examples include feasibility studies for new businesses and projects that attract people to small town business disricts.
Research that directly benefits the community by clarifying the causes of a community challenge, mapping a community's assets, or contributing to solutions to current challenges and also fits a faculty member's research agenda. In the best case scenario, faculty with research expertise work alongside community members and students on such projects. An example would be the MIEI community needing assessment.
University resources intentionally offered without undue barriers to the community. OCE can play a role in envisioning institutional engagement efforts. Examples include making Briggs library cards available for community members, making campus events accessible, and choosing to use local and sustainable businesses to supply services or goods.