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. 

This graphic shows how a single community priority such as access to affordable housing can lead to a variety of teaching, research, and learning opportunities. (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