When possible, OMI leverages funds to provide faculty and staff with professional development opportunities related to engagement. These are chances for faculty and staff to present their own scholarship, network in the engagement space, and learn best practices to bring back to their own departments and units!

Save the date! MSU's next Summer Intensive for Community Engagement is June 5-9th, 2023

Join colleagues from around the country for a week-long intensive on community-engaged scholarship. Through workshops, site visits, case studies, panels, and planning sessions, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of community engagement, including foundational scholarship, partnership practices, and career success strategies. Registration is $550 for MSU folks and $650 for non-MSU folks. Applications due April 7, 2023.

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

In October 2022, the OMI team is traveling to San Diego to attend the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities' annual conference. OMI supports UM-Dearborn's membership in the coalition, allowing faculty and staff to access the latest best practices, scholarship, and other advancement opportunities specific to urban higher education institutions that CUMU provides. a group photo of faculty and staff that attended CUMU 2022

This year's conference will include community experiences, panels, roundtables, and other activities addressing this year's theme: The Essential Role of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

Take a look at the latest issues of CUMU's own academic journal, Metropolitan Universities, which covers an array of topics relevant to urban and metropolitan universities.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Engagement Scholarship Consortium group

In September 2022, OMI sent two UM-Dearborn faculty members to the Engagement Scholarship Consortium and the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop at the University of Georgia. Professor Amny Shuraydi (Criminology and Criminal Justice) and Professor Wessam Elmeligi (Arabic, Arab American Studies, and Middle East Studies) represented UM-Dearborn at the conference.

With this year's theme of "People, Purpose, and Passion", participants could hear from editors in their field, learn about emerging engaged research, and discuss the future of engagement in higher education institutions.

ESC and EESW were affirming experiences for Professor Elmeligi. He reflected, The consortium made pathways to engaged scholarship easier to understand. It feels like this group is actually reshaping how we approach and view engaged scholarship!

Here are some fantastic resources from the event:

Summer Intensive on Community Engaged Scholarship

In June 2022, OMI sent Jean Song (Director of the Mardigian Library), Professor Daniel Davis (Linguistics), and Professor Kyongson Park (ESL Education) to the Summer Intensive on Community Engaged Scholarship at Michigan State University. This 5 day event equips participants with tools to build meaningful partnerships, evaluate their engaged work, and promoting engagement in their own institutions. After attending, Jean hopes to catalyze library resources to energize engaged faculty resources.

View similar virtual and in-person engagement learning opportunities from MSU's Office of University Outreach and Engagement.

State of the Strait

In May 2022, OMI supported the University of Michigan-Dearborn as they hosted the bi-national State of the Strait conference in our very own Engineering Lab Building. This year's conference focused on improving the health of the Detroit and Rouge rivers. Experts in the field, Bill Pringle (Detroit Historical Society), Jennifer Tewkesbury (MI EGLE), Scott Cieniawski (US EPA), and more served as panelists and presenters in the conference.

Read the 2023 State of the Strait report.

Office of Metropolitan Impact

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