Community Engagement Academy

    About the Community Engagement Academy

    The Community Engagement Academy, established at UofL during the 2015-2016 academic year, is a year-long series of sessions designed to help students learn foundational information about community engagement, as well as how to apply this knowledge in research and practice. The academyincludes sessions that allows students to work on projects throughout the Louisville community, developing new relationships or building on existing ones. The cohort is open to all academic disciplines and will be highly interdisciplinary in nature. The Community Engagement Academy is a collaborative program among the Graduate School, and faculty and staff from around campus. 

    Why Should You Participate in the Community Engagement Academy?

    • Gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience with community engagement.
    • Learn foundational concepts and key approaches to community engagement and community-engaged scholarship.
    • Gain practical strategies, tools, resources to help you immediately.
    • Interact with faculty mentors and graduate students from across the university to network and gain a broad perspective of community engagement.
    • Cohort members who attend at least seven of eight sessions will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation.
    • Bolster your CV or resume to prepare for your job search.

    2022-2023 Community Engagement Academy Schedule

    The Community Engagement Academy has been recently revised and we're excited to announce the following schedule. 

    Sessions will be held in-person on Wednesday afternoons/evenings, 4:00-6:00pm.  

    Community Engagement Academy Application Process

    ***The next Community Engagement Academy will occur during the Spring of 2024. Information will be available in late Fall 2023.***

    Applying for the Community Engagement Academy

    All graduate students are encouraged to apply, though graduate students who will graduate soonest may receive priority. In addition to completing the application form, students are required to have their graduate program director, faculty mentor or chair send an e-mail to the Dean of the Graduate School, , and Director, Dr. Michelle Rodems indicating approval of the student’s participation in the academy.

    Participation in the Community Engagement Academy will be limited and competitive, with priority given to a disciplinary diversity of participants. Graduate students who are accepted into the academy and attend at least 7 of 8 sessions will receive a certificate.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Michelle Rodems or 502-852-3110.


    Academy Project Abstracts

    Graduate students who have participated in the Community Engagement Academy have developed relationships with a number of different partners across campus and the Louisville community. The projects that have resulted from these relationships range from volunteering in certain ways, to the development of websites, needs assessments, curricula, and lab stations. You can learn more about the projects below. 

    2016-2017 Project Abstracts

    2017-2018 Project Abstracts