The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Opportunities for academic involvement starting from a community-defined priority

What does Community-Engaged Scholarship look like in practice?

Faculty can work towards the university's mission towards the public good in many ways. Our approach is to start from community-defined priorities, which can take many forms for faculty and students. Below, we offer examples from across the University of Michigan.

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Examples of Community Engagement at UM

Faculty can connect with community-defined priorities in a number of ways, as illiustrated by the simple graphic on the right. Below we offer examples from across the university of each type of engagement, related to a variety of community priorities. 

We also apply this approach to the example of affordable housing to show how a single priority can lead to a variety of teaching, research, and learning opportunities. Starting from community-defined priorities does not limit the scope or focus of your partnership, which can evolve in collaboration with community partners. (For an accessible version, click here)


Collaborations within or between departments and across the university​


Course connections can involve part of or an entire course


Share specialized knowledge to support community partners or to co-create public products


Faculty conducting or advising community-engaged research can contribute new knowledge while supporting positive community impact

Student Partnership

Faculty can support students they advise about community-engaged projects and internships