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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

In partnership with campus and community, the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement advances community-engaged learning at Michigan State University and prepares students for lifelong civic and social responsibility in an increasingly diverse and complex global society. The Center offers seminars and workshops for faculty members, students, and community partners. In addition to supporting faculty members who teach community engaged learning courses, the Center hosts partnership gatherings and reflection sessions.  The Center also advises service-focused student groups and provides mentorship through scholar programs and service programs and events. In 2018, the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement will celebrate its 50thAnniversary, making it the oldest operating center of its type in the United States. 

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

MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) is a worldwide leader in conducting research to improve the experiences of a diverse range of users on websites, mobile apps, software, and other technologies. UARC works with clients from business, government, academia, and community organizations, and collaborates with faculty and researchers from a variety of disciplines on grants. UARC specializes in accessibility compliance evaluations against international standards, accessibility policy and strategy, and user experience methodologies, including usability evaluations, expert reviews, user focus groups, information architecture redesigns, and surveys. UARC is a department of University Outreach and Engagement.

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.