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Theatre collaboration sets stage for community engagement

The Ithaca theater organization Civic Ensemble’s “Fertile Grounds” is a community-based play that invites the audience onto a fictional farming cooperative involving people of color to explore the relationship of grief, community and wellness.

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Carley Robinson ’20 is directing the play “Fertile Grounds” for Ithaca’s Civic Ensemble.
Jun 5, 2023
Theatre collaboration sets stage for community engagement
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Abigail Boatmun ’23 receives the 2023 Campus-Community Leadership Award from Joel Malina, vice president for university relations.
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Boatmun ’23 honored for campus-community leadership
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Sheryn Albayati ’23 and Hannah Rudt ’23
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Members of Cornell’s Translator-Interpreter Program, winners of the 27th annual James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony.
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Student voting ambassadors boost civic engagement through Cornell Votes 
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MLK lecture examines racial justice after affirmative action
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Center partners with ILR on new engaged, experiential programs office
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MLK Commemorative Lecture: Racial justice after affirmative action
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Cornell, NYSEG pilot app to help consumers moderate electricity use
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Richlove Nkansah ’26
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Althea Brennan '25
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New fellows expand community-engaged learning network
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Cornell Votes hosts second-annual civic celebration to commemorate unprecedented voter turnout
Cornell Votes members Dana Karami ’23, center, vice president of operations; Patrick Mehler ’23, founding member and president; and Lauren Sherman ’24, incoming vice president of external operations, gather in Willard Straight Hall.
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Students get out the vote, on campus and across the state
Oct 27, 2022
Local teens conduct outdoor design research through Cornell collaboration
Nika Colley ’23, foreground, works on a teaching farm in Rochester as part of her summer internship through Cornell Cooperative Extension.
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CCE interns recall summer experiences and community connections
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Publication: Writing and Publishing Community-Engaged Scholarship
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Incoming students worked at the ReUse Center during the Pre-Orientation Service Trips program. Chris Kitchen.
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Orientation service connects students with local community
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A high school student and librarian Daniel McKee participate in the Upward Bound summer program on Tuesday, July 20, 2022.
Aug 9, 2022
Upward Bound helps local high school students get to college
Douglas Kaplan ’88 presents award to Laura Niemi.
Aug 4, 2022
Niemi wins Kaplan Family Fellowship
Aug 2, 2022
Warner wins Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award
Cornell engineering students built a cutting-edge, outdoor food-sharing cabinet to stave off chronic hunger among local residents.
Jun 17, 2022
Curbing hunger: Students build inventive outdoor food pantry
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Three students win Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards
A display table featuring some of the student projects.
May 12, 2022
With $400, students turn ideas into impact
May 5, 2022
Maribel Garcia Awardee increases connection through student stories
Apr 28, 2022
Five students receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards
Apr 25, 2022
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Apr 20, 2022
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Apr 19, 2022
Students find many paths to discovery, insight and innovation
Mui Ho ’62, B.Arch. ’66.
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Members of the Cornell Translator-Interpreter Program pose for a portrait in Kennedy Hall.
Apr 12, 2022
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Mar 30, 2022
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Mar 16, 2022
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Feb 21, 2022
Students’ tool forecasts manganese in Ithaca water supply
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Feb 9, 2022
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Jan 27, 2022
Engineers propose greener recycling for medical PPE waste
Patrick Mehler '23, left, Kiran Ganga '24 and John Hanna '24 are members of Cornell Votes, a university-wide, nonpartisan group seeking to increase civic engagement on campus, and promote voter registration and turnout.
Jan 27, 2022
Cornell Votes hails 2020 rise in student voter turnout
Jason Jiang (Dining) and Zhijie (Jacky) Cheng (Engineering) study food safety and English.
Jan 21, 2022
CLASP participants celebrate growth in learning partnerships
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Faculty build network of community-engaged teachers, scholars
Dec 16, 2021
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Global Health students participating in the KCMU-Co collaboration in 2019, the last time the program was in-person.
Dec 1, 2021
Forum showcases community-engaged learning projects
Nov 30, 2021
Cornell, Ithaca College effort moves housing project forward
Nov 29, 2021
Cornell’s first Laidlaw scholars research, lead
Nov 23, 2021
Community partnerships honored at 2021 TOGO awards
Students in
Nov 18, 2021
In the virtual front row, Cornell students saw COP26 unfold
Nov 17, 2021
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Student organization promotes early childhood STEM education in Ithaca
An Oct. 22 ceremony in the Statler Hotel formally dedicated the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, honoring Cornell Trustee David M. Einhorn ’91, who has provided endowment funding for the center through his foundation, Einhorn Collaborative.
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David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement dedicated
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Students recount life-changing CCE internships
Youth participants and researchers celebrate the completion of the program at the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. Members of the Leak research group, bottom left to right:  Doctoral candidate Navika Gangrade; Thais Salas ’23; Samantha Heller ’23; Hannah Rudt ’23, YeonJin Jung ’22 and Dane Allen ’23.
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Emma Harte worked to protect shorebirds this summer.
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Jul 8, 2021
Research partnership supports NYS families fighting opioids
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Joseph Margulies, professor of law and visiting professor of government (GOVT).
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Margulies receives Levy faculty engagement award
Jun 7, 2021
Blog showcases community-engaged learning and social change
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Jun 3, 2021
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May 21, 2021
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May 21, 2021
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May 19, 2021
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May 14, 2021
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May 11, 2021
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May 4, 2021
2021 Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award recipients
Apr 27, 2021
Alice Soewito receives Class of '64 John F. Kennedy Memorial Award
Apr 26, 2021
Joanna Papadakis ’21 honored for town-gown innovation
Apr 14, 2021
Rachel Bezner Kerr: Taking a farmer-led approach to food justice
Mar 31, 2021
Students ‘serve in place,’ reflect on community action
Mar 24, 2021
Newman Civic Fellow works for meaningful change
Mar 15, 2021
Author Valarie Kaur to kick off new CURW speaker series
Mar 5, 2021
Community-engaged learning initiative helps students change the world
Feb 11, 2021
New initiative engages communities in neuroscience
Brianna Johnson ’21, a student researcher on a Cornell team working to increase food security for local residents.
Feb 10, 2021
New research grants support Ithaca-area communities
Dec 22, 2020
Cathy Creighton ’87 to direct ILR’s Buffalo Co-Lab
Dec 8, 2020
Students help man win freedom after 28 years in prison
Dec 2, 2020
Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Award recipient announced
Oct 28, 2020
Laidlaw Scholars undergraduate program comes to Cornell
Oct 15, 2020
Summer interns discuss storytelling project in CCE podcast
Oct 14, 2020
Grants fund community-engaged learning curricula
Sep 28, 2020
Community-engaged learning to build on colleges’ strengths
Sep 23, 2020
Glass continues Cleveland transdisciplinary studio and CRP workshop with Engaged Faculty Fellowship
Sep 10, 2020
NSF funding to help erase upstate NY’s digital divide
Sep 8, 2020
Twenty new Engaged Faculty Fellows named
Aug 27, 2020
Brothers’ nonprofit feeds hungry in native Puerto Rico
Jul 9, 2020
Task force fills food gaps for families
Jun 15, 2020
New Engaged Research Grants awarded to 14 partnerships
Jun 9, 2020
Summer practicum underway for first rural humanities cohort
May 27, 2020
Maureen Waller receives 2020 Engaged Scholar Prize
May 18, 2020
Online showcase celebrates students’ community engagement
May 14, 2020
Students reflect on engaged experiences, leadership
May 7, 2020
ILR’s Ithaca Co-Lab to focus on engaged learning, outreach
Apr 27, 2020
Professor helps organize county food task force
Apr 22, 2020
Website charts COVID-19 spread across NY state
Apr 9, 2020
Smooth start to virtual instruction, thanks to weeks of prep
Apr 8, 2020
Cornell joins global research university climate alliance
Apr 2, 2020
Students face pandemic disruption with resilience
Mar 24, 2020
Students sketch Ossining’s budding waterfront ideas
Mar 10, 2020
Getting climate smart in Armenia
Yunyun Wang ’20 awarded national fellowship
Mar 10, 2020
Yunyun Wang ’20 awarded national fellowship
Feb 12, 2020
Four students receive Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards
Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research in the ILR School, has been awarded the 2020 George D. Levy Faculty Award, which recognizes a faculty member whose community collaborations serve as models for outstanding community engagement in higher education.
Feb 7, 2020
Bronfenbrenner wins Levy faculty engagement award
Jan 29, 2020
Cornell launches science communication minor
Jan 16, 2020
Burrow, Felippe named provost’s fellows for public engagement
A panel on community partnerships, from left: Jeff Godowski, assistant dean of Flora Rose House; Ansley Jemison, adviser for New York State Opportunity Programs; and Joyce Muchan ’97, assistant director for student development at the Public Service Center.
Jan 10, 2020
Staff share experiences in community-engaged work
Dec 23, 2019
Engagement grant will help support disability advocacy
Dec 18, 2019
Shelter medicine program takes veterinary care to rural area
Dec 16, 2019
CLASP participants connect through lifelong learning
Dec 4, 2019
Pelosi meets Cornell students at UN climate change meeting
Nov 22, 2019
Student engineers to ply their green skills in NYC
Nov 20, 2019
Town-gown awards to recognize community partnerships
Talia Bailes ’20, founder of Ballet and Books, leads a class at the Southside Community Center Oct. 26.
Nov 20, 2019
Students pair ballet and books in Ithaca outreach program
Michael Drake, left, chair of the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, presents the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award to Katherine McComas, vice provost for engagement and land-grant affairs.
Nov 11, 2019
Cornell support for NY farmworkers wins national recognition
Nov 7, 2019
Play looks at how climate change will impact Ithaca’s future
Oct 28, 2019
Symposium seeks to beat back ‘zombies,’ grow sustainable housing
Oct 23, 2019
New global development unit calls for ‘education with impact’
Oct 23, 2019
Students to prep youth with disabilities for employment
Oct 21, 2019
Entrepreneurship faculty win grants for course help
Oct 18, 2019
Cornellians provide ‘greatest good’ return on investment
Debra Castillo, the Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Comparative Literature and director of the Latina/o Studies Program, gives her presentation on Latinx cultural collaborations during the Rural Humanities Showcase, Sept. 6 at A.D. White House.
Sep 20, 2019
Rural Humanities Showcase touts Cornell-community projects
Apr 4, 2019
An Architect’s Lens on Societal Wellbeing
Jan 23, 2019
Anthony Burrow receives Engaged Scholar Prize
Dec 14, 2018
Moseley receives Engaged Cornell faculty award
Jun 14, 2018
Salma Shitia honored with Kennedy award
May 16, 2018
Two named 2018 Kaplan Faculty Fellows for service-learning work
Apr 19, 2018
Radcliffe honored for wildlife preservation community partnerships
Apr 18, 2018
Allred receives third annual Engaged Scholar Prize
Students in the Cornell in Washington program with Christine Leuenberger, front row, second from left, a senior lecturer in the Department of Science & Technology Studies.
Apr 16, 2018
Students tackle climate policy in Cornell in Washington course
Participating in the panel discussion on community engagement are, from left: Moderator Amanda Wittman, Rochelle Jackson-Smarr, Rafael Aponte, Mané Mehrabyan '17 and Fabina Colon.
Jan 30, 2018
Institute helps staff help students succeed in community engagement
A pedestrian and walking path atop breakwaters, shown in this rendering, could encourage wetland growth and protect Piermont from storm debris.
Dec 17, 2017
Students envision future of Hudson River town confronting flooding
Jul 24, 2017
Collaborative play transcends borders, cultures
Rebecca Burd '20 tutoring Boyton Middle School student Da-Kaw Correia part of a after-school program of a Cornell freshman writing class tutoring middle school students.
Apr 25, 2017
Cornell, Boynton students find common ground through writing
Max Zhang in Ithaca with home that uses wood as a heat source.
Apr 6, 2017
Engineer Max Zhang awarded Engaged Scholar Prize
Bruce Levitt, professor of performing and media arts (PMA) works with students during a rehearsal for a play in Auburn, NY related to the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP).
May 11, 2016
Bruce Levitt awarded inaugural Engaged Scholar Prize
May 6, 2015
Hannah McKinney wins JFK Award for prison advocacy work
May 6, 2015
Owen Lee-Park awarded Community Spirit Award