Community and Civic Engagement: Institutionalizing Public Engagement

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Office of Engagement Releases Three Year Report

This report informs Provost Robbyn Wacker and faculty, student affairs professionals and staff at the University of Northern Colorado and our community partners on progress and accomplishments from the 3-year plan to Institutionalize Community and Civic Engagement.

New Video Highlights Community Based Learning at UNC

Take a look at some of the engaged work going on at UNC!


Community Engagement at UNC from University of Northern Colorado on Vimeo.

Save the Date! October 20th, 2016
Mountain West Community Engaged Scholars Summit

Mark your calendars for this extremely special occasion! The inaugural Mountain West Community Engaged Scholars Summit will showcase the community-engaged work of faculty and students throughout Colorado and Wyoming and offer a fantastic venue for inter-campus networking and collaboration.

The Summit will also feature an awards luncheon at which we will recognize truly exemplary departments, faculty, students, staff, and community partners who embody the unique spirit of community engagement in the Mountain West.

Summit details and the call for proposals and awards nominations are forthcoming. We're excited to continue building engagement in higher education across the region through the Summit and look forward to seeing you there!

UNC Professor Guest Lectures at Local Elementary School

Dr. George Junne, Professor of Africana Studies at UNC was invited by teacher Ms. Dana Diedrich, to be a guest lecturer regarding his work with the Dearfield Project to 2nd grade students, and included students from Ms. Jennifer Freedman’s class at Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Magnet School in Castle Rock, Colorado. Dr. Junne actively engaged the 2nd graders by presenting the story of Dearfield, Colorado and connected this to their ongoing learning in class.

This partnership dates back several years to when Ms. Hani Gilbert, who now teaches a higher grade, first contacted Professor Junne to give her 2nd graders (at that time) a tour of Dearfield. The elementary students conduct research on that community and last year, they made a presentation at UNC’s Dearfield conference.

This document provides more information about Dearfield.

$5000 scholarships available! Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Award Applications Due 1 March 2016.

This year the process is streamlined and simplified within the Universal Scholarship Application. Eligible applicants demonstrate an exceptional and exemplary personal commitment to:
Contribute, Achieve, and Pay-it-forward.

For more information and to apply, visit the UNC Office of Financial Aid.

Seeking Input on Engaged Courses

Faculty who teach engaged courses (not including Practicum or Internships) are invited to provide feedback through this online form; completion of the form should take less than five (5) minutes. Thank you!

UNC Earns Community Engagement Status from Carnegie Foundation

The UNC Office of Engagement is pleased to announce the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected UNC as one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.  UNC is among  83 institutions to earn first time classification, and is one of only three universities in Colorado to hold the designation (Colorado State and the University of Denver are the others.) The Carnegie Engagement Classification supports a central value of our institution and mission and provides substance and recognition, informed by national norms. Furthermore, it brings recognition to the important work we do on a daily basis, increases grant opportunities, supports recruitment, and promotes a diverse campus , all of which strengthen our existing and future partnerships in communities locally and globally.

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