The Office of Community Engagement and the Center for Small Towns are taking the lead in applying for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification. The extensive application process provides a way for institutions to describe their commitments to their regional communities and to complete for a nationally recognized classification. We believe we have a good chance at being awarded this classification, but to best tell UMM's unique story, we need your help!
We are in the preliminary stages of gathering input from across campus. We have developed a google form to capture initial data. Please note that the process requires us to limit our response to activities that were in process during the 2012-2013 academic year, including both the summers of 2012 and 2013. In addition, keep in mind that we can only report on activities in which UMM employees were engaged because of their affiliation with UMM. Finally, we want to stress that this is simply an initial attempt at gathering information. We may be in touch with you to gather more data about your work. We are committed to making this process as inclusive, but also as respectful of your time, as possible!
Don't worry too much about whether the examples you share with us here "count" as community engagement, whether someone else will already be reporting on the same projects, or what exactly constitutes "regional." For now, we would like you to tell us about any ways that you are interacting with the broader community as a UMM employee.
We would love to get your response by November 15, 2013. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes at most! If you would prefer to talk with us, feel free to contact Barb Hesse to set up an appointment. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-589-6451.
Thanks, in advance, for your time!
Argie Manolis, Coordinator of Community Engagement
Jessica Beyer, Community Program Assistant, Center for Small Towns