Campus & Community

Campus and Community: A Celebration of the Land-Grant University Tradition of Community Engaged Action

The Campus and Community program features exemplary collaborative projects where MSU faculty and staff have co-created partnerships that respond to community issues, needs, challenges, or opportunities. Every year, three campus and community collaborations are honored and featured in separate sessions at the Great Lakes Folk Festival on the Campus and Community Stage.  Most of these projects involve the use of arts and cultural resources as a central part of their collaboration.  Representatives from the campus/community partnership share their experiences and interact with the festival audience.

In addition, the Campus and Community Program also features an evolving exhibition on the festival site that includes sections on past and ongoing Campus and Community projects; MSU’s land-grant history; MSU as a world grant university; campus cultural traditions; and MSU Museum Traditional Arts Program scholarly engagement with communities.

Funding for the Campus and Community programming and exhibition have been provided by MSU University Outreach & Engagement.

Building a Statewide Network Based on Community Engagement

Jeffrey W. Dwyer, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 
and College of Human Medicine | Mid-Michigan Health | UP Health System – Marquette | Munson Medical Center
Image of participants in the Edible Flint Food Garden

Jeff Dwyer has spent nearly a decade working with community partners to build a statewide research network affiliated with the campuses of MSU’s College of Human Medicine. His goal is to align the expertise of health-focused professionals from the university with communities in need. This network supports community-engaged research and the development of collaborations. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health and other sources.

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The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project

Rebecca Campbell, College of Social Science 
| Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office 
Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board | Michigan State Police | 
Wayne County SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners)
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| Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office 
Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board

After the 2009 discovery of some 11,000 unprocessed and untested sexual assault kits in a police property storage facility in Detroit, Rebecca Campbell, along with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and partners, worked together for five years to understand why so many kits were not tested. They developed comprehensive testing plans to ensure all rape kits were tested for DNA and created trauma-informed support programs for survivors as their cases were re-opened. Strategies and solutions developed in this project have been disseminated nationally to help other communities.

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MIplace Partnership Initiative

Mark A. Wyckoff, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources | 
Michigan State Housing Development Authority | Michigan Municipal League
Graphic for Michigan Placemaking

MIplace was created in response to the need to revitalize Michigan’s downtowns. Through extensive place-making training based on a new curriculum and guidebook, as well as technical assistance provided to stakeholder groups and communities across the state, the initiative has educated nearly 15,000 individuals about the importance of place-making and been instrumental in the planning and implementation of dozens of place-making projects throughout Michigan.

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Young Playwrights Festival

Williamston High School | Robert J. Roznowski, College of Arts and Letters
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The playwrights festival is a juried competition that offers mid-Michigan high school students the opportunity to submit an original short play for production. The plays are then performed twice before a live audience at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, followed by a public reflection and assessment process. The program began 20 years ago and has developed deeply collaborative roots among the academic, professional, and community partners who participate in jurying, mentoring, producing, directing, and advising young people.

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