University Outreach and Engagement is composed of a number of coordinated departments. Each department targets a different segment of the mission and provides different services.

Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

The Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement (APUOE) provides budget, personnel, and facilities management to the University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) departments. Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, leads the office with Laurie Van Egeren, Assistant Provost for University-Community Partnerships. In addition to overseeing the UOE departments, Dr. Fitzgerald:

  • Provides national and local leadership on the scholarship of engagement
  • Consults with MSU departments and other universities on scholarly models of engaged research, teaching, and service
  • Develops and disseminates evidence-based models of effective community engagement

Arts and Cultural Initiatives

UOE Arts and Cultural Initiatives facilitates research collaborations between MSU faculty and community-based partners using arts and culture to foster effective inclusive communities and cultural economic development.

Center for Community and Economic Development

CCED is located in downtown Lansing, Michigan. CCED's mission is to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge to improve the quality of life for people in distressed urban and regional Michigan communities. CCED implements, evaluates, and disseminates innovative approaches through responsive engagement, strategic partnerships, and collaborative learning.

Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

The CSLCE administers a number of civic engagement programs for students. These university initiatives provide curricular and co-curricular service-based learning and engagement opportunities for MSU students. Opportunities are offered that meet students' goals while also addressing the expressed needs of the community. CSLCE also helps faculty integrate service-learning into their courses.

Communication and Information Technology

CIT offers outreach project consulting and development services in Web design, information systems, graphic design, publications, event management, and integrated communication to MSU faculty and their community partners. CIT also provides public access to information about university-wide outreach initiatives through Web sites like the MSU Statewide Resource Network and Spartan Youth Programs.

Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative

The Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative (CERC) develops and sustains university-community partnerships that are mutually beneficial and impactful through community-based participatory evaluation and research.

Gifted and Talented Education

GATE is dedicated to promoting differentiated educational programs for students in grade school, middle school and high school. Our mission is to provide educational experiences that benefit academically able students intellectually, cultivate social relationships, and encourage a global understanding of their world.

Julian Samora Research Institute

The Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) conducts research on different aspects of Latino communities, including social, economic, educational, and political issues. Its primary areas of research are gaps between service delivery systems and Latino community needs, health disparities, and Latino entrepreneurship. It transmits its findings to academic institutions, government officials, community leaders, and private sector executives; and provides technical expertise and support to Latino communities for the purpose of developing policy responses to local problems. JSRI is also committed to the development of Latino human capital, including leadership development, empowerment, and education.

Michigan State University Detroit Center

The Detroit Center is home to College of Education programs and Detroit internship headquarters; Community Music School Detroit classes, programs, and events; and offices for admissions, advancement, and governmental affairs.

Michigan State University Museum

The MSU Museum is Michigan's largest public museum of natural history and culture. It is a public steward for nearly 1 million objects, artifacts and specimens of cultural and natural history from around the world. The Museum reaches a broad and diverse audience through strong, varied, and accessible collections, field- and collections-based research, public service and education programs, traveling exhibits, and innovative partnerships with Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust, and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE).

National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement

NCSUE promotes the study of university engagement through original studies and publication, measurement of outreach activity, creating opportunities to learn about the practice of community-engaged scholarship, consulting with other universities, and participating in national organizations.

Urban Policy Initiatives

Recent events involving cities in the State of Michigan such as bankruptcy of Detroit, and the Flint Water crisis and the continued placement of emergency managers, has led to heightened discussion of the state of our cities especially in the areas of local financial distress, infrastructure, local public health, and environmental matters.

The Director of Urban Policy Initiatives for Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement serves as a connector and boundary spanner, working with MSU faculty, community partners, and agencies to develop partnerships that address critical community needs and societal issues.

Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting

The UARC provides leadership in evaluating new interface technologies to ensure that they are useful, usable, accessible, and appealing to a broad audience. The UARC team conducts research and provides accessibility and usability consulting services; offers training on accessibility evaluation, usability evaluation methodologies, and user-centered design techniques; and participates in local, regional, national, and international usability and accessibility communities of practice.

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Wharton Center is committed to presenting all disciplines of the performing arts from around the world. Wharton Center's Educational Programs provide arts education opportunities to more than 30,000 school-age children annually.