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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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