The Center for Community-Based Partnerships is an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs. Its role is to connect faculty, staff, students and community partners in research-based projects designed to solve critical problems identified collaboratively by community members and the University. All academic disciplines are represented on a Council made up of campus and community members. The Council's various committees oversee project funding, conduct an awards program, publish a research journal, propose methods to integrate teaching and research, and seek outside funding "all with the goal of fulfilling the Center's motto: "Engaging Communities and Changing Lives."

"An engaged institution is responsive to the needs of today's students and tomorrow's. It enriches the student experience by bringing research into the curriculum and offering practical experience in the world they will enter. It forms partnerships of faculty, students and communities to put knowledge and skills to work on today's most critical problems"
(Adapted from "Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution," Kellogg Commission Report, 1999).

CCBP's functions revolve around the work of six offices:
• Community Development
• Community Education
• Community Research and Communication
• Student and Community Engagement
• Global and Community Engagement
• Resource Development

Major Community Engagement Projects