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Vol. 5, Issue 5, September 19, 2023


Blue and Yellow logo: West Virginia University Center for Community Engagement


Volume 5, Issue 5

September 19, 2023
The WVU Center for Community Engagement (CCE) aims to leverage university knowledge and resources to support effective partnerships with communities that enhance discovery through community-engaged teaching, scholarship, and action. The Center supports faculty, staff, and students in working with external partners to meet reciprocal and mutually beneficial needs and advance WVU’s land grant mission.
    / Your Vote Matters
TODAY!  National Voter Registration Day 
September 19th, 2023

Today, the Center for Community Engagement is hosting a registration drive at the Mountainlair from 1-4 p.m. for National Voter Registration Day. There will be tables there to help students and community members register to vote and answer any questions. Please share this opportunity with students and colleagues and remind them to get registered. 

Do you want to register to vote online?
Scan the QR code above, or
follow this link to register.
    / 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 
AmeriCorps and The Center for Military, Veterans and Family Affairs at WVU
On 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, AmeriCorps VISTA and the Center for Veteran, Military, and Family Programs at WVU served at West Virginia National Cemetery. During this event, 18 participants cleaned the gravestones of West Virginia Veterans. This day of service was held to recognize and remember those who were affected by the events and aftermath of 9/11.  The Center for Community Engagement is proud to support the community outreach efforts of the AmeriCorps VISTA Collaborative program at West Virginia University. 
    / Kids Market @ The Store
WVU Extension Kids Market Materials including tokens, passport, and I love Vegetables book on a blue and white checkered cloth
In collaboration with Energy Express, Kids Market @ The Store has received a grant to assist in alleviating childhood food insecurity in counties throughout West Virginia. Through this initiative, The Kids Market @ the Store aims to promote healthy eating habits among families by providing them with access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Each family participating in Energy Express will receive $30 to shop for these nutritious items at a local produce stand designated by WVU Extension Services. To further support local markets, refrigeration units for fresh foods will be utilized at participating locations. Educational programs are also available to families to learn more about healthy eating. This includes weekly virtual cooking classes and newsletters on developing recipes at home. 

Looking to support The Kids Market @ The Store in your area?
WV Extension Services is searching for new locations for markets and refrigeration services through this grant. Help your local community by providing healthy food options for kids! 

Contact Kristin McCartney at

Kids Market @ The Store's current locations 

/ Service Opportunities
Blood Donors Needed 
The American Red Cross, Allegheny Highlands Chapter, is urgently looking for blood donors. All WVU students who donate blood receive two service hours for their donation. This need occurs each month at the WVU Health Sciences Cancer Center Atrium. The next drive is on September 25, 2023. 
 Learn more at: 5
Text: A Human Kind Blood Drive, American Red Cross.  WVU Diversity Week Blood Driver in partnership with American Red Cross, Tuesday, September 19, 12 - 5 p.m. Make an appointment today! Go to and use sponsor code WVU Diversity Help Increase Blood Donor Diversity.  Logo: West Virginia University Center for Community Engagement
    / iServe Support
iServe blue and gold logo. Do good. Be better. Go first!

WVU Faculty, staff, students, and community partners may schedule a 1:1 iServe consultation for personalized support with navigating the special features of WVU's volunteer management system.  Book your appointment by emailing 

    / AmeriCorps Member Spotlight 
AmeriCorps Collaborative's new VISTA program leader, Briar Williams 
Briar Willaims cleaning the gravestone of a veteran on 9/11 National Day of Service at WV National Cemetery. 
Briar Willaims cleaning the gravestone of a veteran on 9/11 National Day of Service at WV National Cemetery. 
Briar Williams has always had a passion for volunteering in her community and within her home state of West Virginia. In addition to her AmeriCorps Service, Briar has been a part of the community theatre where she is from and has acted as a secretary for the board (Landmark Studios for the Arts, Sutton, WV) for many years. Although Briar holds an associate degree in Medical Assisting, her passion lies within non-profits and community building. 

In 2021, Briar started her service with AmeriCorps and since then, has focused on community revitalization, historic preservation, and community engagement. Most recently, she acted as a volunteer recruitment specialist with the American Red Cross. Brair is looking forward to what this service year will bring as she learns new skills and settles into her new position as the AmeriCorps VISTA leader at the Center for Community Engagement. During this time, she hopes to share her knowledge and passion for AmeriCorps with current and future VISTAS, while building capacity within the programs. In her free time, Briar enjoys spending time with her family, performing on stage, and cheering her two daughters on at the pageant performances. 
AmeriCorps West Virginia logo in blue and white
AmeriCorps VISTAs assist with building capacity and supporting the mission of host sites.  AmeriCorps VISTA members use their skills to develop, enhance, and sustain engagement programs.

VISTA members are awarded to West Virginia University, WVU Beckley, WVU Keyser, and Extension Service departments, colleges, and programs, including non-academic departments and programs.

Go to the
Center for Community Engagement - AmeriCorps website to learn more about open positions or to become a host site.
    / Community Outreach and Resources
Strong community partnerships take time to develop. Jumpstart your Community Engaged course or project by contacting the Center for Community Engagement today!
    / Academic Community Engagement Consultations
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) works with faculty, instructors, staff, and graduate students within all disciplines to design or refine community engaged courses, programs, and reasearch.  The CCE is a resource hub; we aim to support your efforts in shaping impactful experiences for your students and partners.   

Considerations include:
  • Adding community-engaged learning to your course
  • Designating your academic community engagement course as a  WVU service-learning course
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Seeking assistance with community connections
You're invited to schedule a conversation with the Academic Community Engagement team.
    / Academic Community Engagement Series
Join the WVU Academic Community Engagement Development Series!
The next session is on October 5.  View the Calendar here: 
We gathered some innovative external opportunities to inform and support your community engagement work, and to share your perspective on important topics.
    / Research Webinar
Building Your Research Impact Identity and Vision to Achieve Broader Impacts 
September 28, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Host: University Outreach & Engagement, Michigan State University
Location: Zoom 
Researchers are more effective in achieving intended societal impacts when they have taken the time to consciously consider their impact identity. A researcher's impact identity integrates research identity with urgent societal needs; personal commitments, preferences, skills; and institutional context. Come to this hands-on workshop to develop your impact identity and vision for achieving societal impacts throughout your career.
    / Community Engaged Learning
Exploring the Societal Change Wheel: Working Toward Anti-Racism, Equity, and Explained Definition of Community-Engaged Learning

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Host: Center for Community Engaged Learning, Michigan State University
Location: Zoom 
In this workshop, we will discuss definitions, tools, and resources related to the Societal Change Wheel. Expand your definitions of community-engaged learning through exploration of campus and community-based implementation strategies, which have anti-racism, equity, and community partnerships at their core. 
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Book Launch: Anti-Racist Community Engagement

Thursday, September 21, 2023 l 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. (EST)
Location: Zoom 
Join Campus Compact to launch a significant book that tackles the critical issue of community engagement in higher education. 

Community-Engaged Learning in the Classroom; Rubrics, Reflections, and Resources

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 l 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Host: Center for Community Engaged Learning, Michigan State University
Location: Zoom 
This session will discuss creative examples, strategies for grading, and best practices for leading students to reflect upon and make meaning of their community-engaged learning experiences. Hear from faculty and peers, dialog with colleagues, and leave with new ideas to enhance student learning and complement your teaching practices. 
    / Grants and Awards
Women's Giving Circle of North Central West Virginia Grants
Empowering Women Through Philanthropy

The Women's Giving Circle, a component fund of YCF welcomes grant applications for nonprofit organizations in Harrison, Taylor, Preston, and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.
Submit by: September 25, 2023

YCF Educator Mini-Grant Program
Open to any PK-12 educator in traditional public schools within YCF's service area: Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor Counties. 
Submit by: September 25, 2023 

Innovation Grants Program
For the innovative improvement of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in West Virginia.
Proposal Deadline: October 2, 2023,  by 5 p.m.

HOPE VI Main Street Program Grant 
The Hope VI Main Street Program provides grants to communities smaller than 50,000 in population to assist in the renovation of a historic, traditional central business district, or "Main Street" area by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. Eligible applicants under this NOFO are county governments, city or township governments, and special district governments. 

Submit by: October 12, 2023

NIH Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) Health Equity Research Hubs
The ComPASS Program is intended to make greater advances in promoting health and preventing disease among disproportionately impacted populations. This program is transformative in its focus on structural health equity interventions given the evidenced impact of structural inequities and health outcomes. 
Deadline: October 23, 2023
Campus Compact Impact Award Applications Open
The Campus Compact Impact Awards are awarded each year to outstanding faculty community engagement professionals and campuses that have demonstrated transformational leadership in pursuit of the public purpose of higher education. Individuals may nominate others for the wards or submit applications on their own behalf.
Applications are due October 25th, 2023 

Nadinne Cruz Community Engagement Professional Award

Celebrating the ethical leadership and advocacy demonstrated by higher education community engagement professionals.

Nominations and applications due by October 25, 2023

Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award
Recognizing senior faculty for exemplary engaged scholarship.
Nominations and applications due by October 25, 2023

Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement
Recognizing full-time, pre-tenure faculty who connect their teaching, research, and service to community engagement.
Nominations and applications due by October 25, 2023

Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)
The S&CC program supports integrated research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots' solutions together with communities. 
Proposals Accepted by: April 1, 2024
    / Events, Workshops, and Conferences

The Role of Civic & Community Engagement in our Cities—Past, Present, and Future
The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) works to advance civic engagement and engaged scholarship among research universities. 
September 27, 2:00-3:30 P.M. EDT

Engagement Scholarship Consortium's 23rd Annual Conference
The ESC is a non-profit organization composed of higher education institutions that build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship.
October 4 - 5, 2023

Place-Based Education Conference
hosted by The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
November 9 - 11, 2023

Stepping into the Work: Expanding Understanding of Global Positionality, Responsibility, and Opportunity
hosted by the Collaborative Institute at Haverford College
November 9 - 11, 2023

West Virginia Rural Health Conference: Lighting the Way for Rural Health
hosted by WVRHA
November 15 - 17, 2023

Winter '24 Institute on Teaching Social Action
Bonner Foundation
Application due Dec. 15, 2023

January 3 - 5, 2024
    / Requests For Proposals

Civic Science for Transformative Policy Solutions for Societal Challenge 
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), Sigma Xi, and the Rita Allen Foundation are pleased to announce a call for papers and competition on: Civic Science for Transformative Policy Solutions to Societal Challenges. The Special Issue will promote the concept of civic science to showcase the policy implications of their work and elevate policies needed to advance civic science initiatives to serve society. 
Submission deadline: October 29, 2023

Experiential Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
For its two issues of 2024  ELTHE  seeks articles that develop broad, actionable definitions of experiential learning.  See the latest  call for peer-reviewed articles  for details.
To be included in the April 2024 issue: Submit by November 1, 2023
To be included in the November 2024 issue: Submit by May 1, 2024

    / Share Award and Publication Notifications

Have you received notice that your community-engaged project will be funded?  Was your community-engaged scholarship shared in a journal or at a conference?

 Congratulations! Share the news with us at
We want to help amplify your community-engaged work! 
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Please share your story by emailing or by
filling out this Qualtrics form:

The Center for Community Engagement team members are committed to:

  • Facilitating faculty and academic staff   in integrating civic and community engagement experiences seamlessly into their coursework, research, and programs.
  • Empowering students   to actively participate in positive change by providing opportunities for social action, leadership development, and meaningful engagement with civic and community initiatives.
  • Cr eating connections   between community organizations and dedicated students, faculty, and staff who share a common goal of promoting positive social change
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