Community Engagement, Center for
317 Cambridge Ave.
Phone (701) 777-0675
The Center for Community Engagement links academic resources with community needs. The Center coordinates and supports opportunities for faculty and students to learn from and with nonprofit organizations, rural communities, tribal communities, and other public partners in the state. It works with departments, faculty, and students across campus; coordinates activities with other units with relevant teaching, research, and service mission;, and develops relationships with public and community partners. The Center houses two main activities:
- Experiential Learning, including service learning, takes academic learning for credit out of the traditional classroom. Students apply their disciplinary knowledge or they serve communities and nonprofit organizations while learning civic responsibility. The Center assists students and faculty with the development of experiential learning opportunities in the curriculum.
- Public Scholarship includes scholarly and creative work in the public interest, scholarship planned and carried out in cooperation with community partners, and academic work that produces a “public good” such as exhibits, performances, and broadly accessible research results. Financial, technical, and promotional support is provided for a variety of research projects enabling UND to address public needs in North Dakota that might not yet be addressed.
The Center for Community Engagement is home to several projects with ties to communities locally and regionally and welcomes student, faculty, and community involvement, including an annual community-university forum, programs that support neighborhoods, and activities connecting students to local professionals.