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Community Engagement Scholars Program:

Direct, Indirect, Research, and Advocacy Engagement


Below are examples of direct, indirect, research, and advocacy engagement activities:


DIRECT ENGAGMENT engages students in person-to-person contact with those in need.

Examples:
  • Cook/serve/deliver food for the homebound or homeless
  • Staff a health clinic
  • Teach English as a second language
  • Tutor, mentor, or coach youth
  • Visit elders in a long term care facility
  • Volunteer in a shelter for the homeless

INDIRECT ENGAGEMENT meets a clear need but has benefits to the larger community.

Examples:
  • Plan drug, violence, or disease prevention programs
  • Volunteer for disaster services
  • Assist with an environmental project
  • Participate in urban renewal projects such as mural or house painting
  • Build low-income housing
  • Fundraise with direct interaction with a nonprofit beneficiary
  • Create brochures, flyers, posters, or annual reports for a nonprofit organization

RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT involves students collecting information for public welfare or interest. The research must be done with a direct connection to a community-based organization.

Examples:
  • Work in a laboratory that meets a community need
  • Conduct energy audits in public buildings
  • Test water to assist with restoration efforts
  • Conduct research to protect endangered species
  • Conduct research for a community organization

ADVOCACY ENGAGEMENT allows students to lend their voices, writing ability, and other talents toward an issue in the public interest.

Examples:
  • Conduct information campaigns
  • Draft legislation that helps or protects the community
  • Lobby on behalf of a community issue
  • Conduct nonpartisan voter registration drives
  • Organize a nonpartisan letter writing campaign for a social issue