“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let us work together.”
— Lilla Watson
The key to successful community-university relationships is our recognition that we are interconnected - when one thrives we all thrive. To this end, we seek proposals from our community two times a year to build partnerships that will improve our community as well as give students the opportunity to apply their learning to authentic problem-solving.
- Community Proposal Form
- Please contact us for a form with sample responses.
Tips in Crafting a Proposal
- Priority will be given to proposals from non-profit and educational organizations.
- Keep the timeline in mind. Faculty will need time in class to teach their content subject matter before jumping into the community project, so you’ll want to make sure that what you’re proposing is doable in the time allowed.
- While we encourage students to volunteer with organizations, there is a difference between volunteering and community-engaged learning. The projects that we will be excited about are ones that really ask students to use knowledge that they are gaining in their classes and applying that content knowledge to real issues and problems. We'll want to see them challenged to think about things from different perspectives, and with the very real limitations that exist when problem-solving.
- Consider what expertise and experience you or your staff can share with the students. We are counting on you to be co-teachers in this venture, so that our students are better prepared when they apply for a job at your organization one day!
- For Spring & Summer 2019 Projects
- Review of proposals begins September 15, 2018
- For Fall 2019 Projects
- Review of proposals begins February 15, 2019